Earlier this year, we got our first look at Geely’s idea of a sports sedan with the 2021 Preface. At the time, we were only shown what the vehicle’s exterior. And based on the photos provided, it sure the looks to match Geely’s description of having sporty appeal. But, we’ve been wondering if it actually had the power to match the look.
At the 2020 Beijing Auto Show, Geely has finally revealed more details about the Preface. More importantly, we also get our first look at the interior of the sedan. Interestingly, they also revealed the Preface’s new name for the Chinese market – Xing Rui. For reference, the name Xing means star and Rui represents a good omen for the future in Chinese.
From Preface to Xing Rui, Geely didn’t really change anything on the vehicle’s exterior. Instead, they did reveal the size of the sedan which rides on the new CMA platform. The Xing Rui measures in 4,785 mm long and 1,869 mm wide, with a 2,800 mm wheelbase, which Geely says makes it “one of the biggest, most spacious vehicles in its segment”. For reference, the Xing Rui is around the size of the current Toyota Camry.
Compared to the sporty exterior, the interior of the Xing Rui looks very luxurious. Unfortunately, Geely did not go into details about the cabin of the Xing Rui apart from showing us what it looks like.
From what we can see, there’s a minimalist dashboard with a large infotainment screen front and center. Meanwhile, the driver gets a digital instrument cluster as well, similar to other Geely models. The interior appears to be lined in two-tone leather – from the dashboard to the sidings and even the seats. Other noteworthy features include a sunroof, a Bose sound system, and what appears to be ambient lighting
Behind the expanding Cosmos grill with vertical slat sits a 2.0-liter turbocharged engine paired to a 7-speed dual-clutch transmission. No figures yet, but paired with the new platform, Geely says it provides “a new level of sophistication” in terms of noise vibration and handling, economy, and performance.
What do you think of the Geely Preface…err Xing Rui? Do you think Geely Philippines should bring it in along with the other three models? Let us know in the comments below.