Let’s face it, ladies and gentlemen; the age bracket of new car buyers is getting younger and younger. Millennials have been leaving their mark in the automotive market in that they know what they want and need from the cars that they would buy.
Whether it is something that will reflect their lifestyle, or something that would mirror their sense of style, the fact is that they still look for one thing, and that is overall value. Sojitz G Auto saw an opportunity in this, and yesterday saw them bring in a new brand and a new car into the Philippine market, and that is the Geely Coolray.
In what is promised as an SUV (albeit sized more like a crossover) that will bring the fun back in driving, the Coolray certainly looks the part. It is also the first high-performance SUV built on the BMA platform or the B-segment Modular Architecture. This BMA platform was developed in partnership with Volvo with the assistance of 100 modular architecture experts from over 20 countries. That means it was designed not just to meet but to exceed Euro NCAP safety ratings as well.
On the outside, there is no mistaking that this is a car for the younger crowd. The rising beltline, the “floating” roof, the relatively wide stance, and the sporty bits make it a rather handsome car. It is not a lumbering truck, nor is it a small putter mobile. The Geely Coolray is designed, based on the concept “Racing through Space and Time”, inspired by confident, challenging and athletic urban young people. It is integrated with the "wingspan" design to demonstrate the "beauty of the young power" and to make Coolray as Geely’s high-performance global market-oriented vehicle full of energy, confidence and strength.
Inside, it truly is impressive how Geely paid a lot of attention to the Coolray’s details. Premium materials, upmarket feel, a spacious cabin, good ergonomics are highlights of Geely’s offering. But more than its looks, Geely prides itself with the Coolray’s G-Pilot system. It includes the Auto Parking Assist system which lets you do parallel and perpendicular parking with a Touch of a button and the help of Four (4) Cameras to give you a 360-degree view of the car while the Coolray does the work for you. It also has a Blind Spot Detection system that alerts the driver on incoming vehicles. As mentioned, safety inside and out is the main focus.
The Coolray is powered by a 1.5 Gasoline Direct Injection 3-cylinder engine equipped with a turbo and dual variable valve timing. It produces 177 HP and delivers 255 Nm of torque available at an impressive 1500 rpm. The engine is paired with a 7-speed dual-clutch transmission, and it can sprint from 0 to 100 km/h in 7.9 seconds.
The 2020 Geely Coolray is available in three variants and they are priced as follows:
Comfort : PhP 978,000
Premium : PhP 1,088,000
Sport : PhP 1,198,000