Geely combines power with hybrid efficiency in Binyue 1.5T ePro
Earlier this year, Geely revealed the refreshed 2022 Coolray. Called the Binyue over in China, the B-segment crossover received a sporty makeover both inside and out. At the time of its launch, there was only one engine available for the refreshed Coolray – a 1.5-liter turbocharged three-cylinder engine paired with a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission.
Fast forward to the present, and Geely has revealed the plug-in hybrid (PHEV) version of its popular crossover. Officially called the Binyue 1.5T ePro, it's powered by the same three-cylinder turbo available in the non-PHEV version, and then some.
The engine alone already makes an impressive 177 PS with 255 Nm of torque. But with the plug-in hybrid system in play, the crossover generates an additional 81 PS and 160 Nm of torque. The result is a total system output of 258 PS and 415 Nm of pulling power. Even more impressive is the vehicle's pure electric range, which has increased from 62 km in the pre-facelift model to 85 km.
Despite being more powerful than the regular turbo version, Geely claims the 1.5T ePro can average 83.33 km/L when driven efficiently.
When it comes to design, the PHEV version looks similar to what Geely revealed last July. It gets the same Energy Storm front bumper design, two-tone exterior paint, diamond-cut alloy wheels, floating roof design, and black body cladding. The only telltale sign that this is indeed a plug-in hybrid is the PHEV badge placed at the tailgate.
The updated plug-in hybrid also comes with a host of new and features. The crossover now comes with a 12.3-inch touchscreen infotainment system (the current one has a 10.25-inch screen), a new T-shaped gear selector, a white-blue leather interior, brushed aluminum panels on the dashboard/door cards, a 72-color LED ambient lighting system, and a full panoramic sunroof.
To keep the driver and passengers safe, the Coolray PHEV is available with a plethora of intelligent safety systems. These include a pre-collision system with pedestrian recognition, autonomous emergency braking, lane-departure warning with lane-keeping assist, intelligent high beam, blind-spot monitoring, and remote parking assist.
With the PHEV version now available in China, could Geely distributor Sojitz G Auto Philippines (SGAP) offer it locally? So far, the only hybrids available in the country are the mild-hybrid Okavango and the Azkarra. The Coolray has yet to be electrified, however, they could bring in this turbo-hybrid once the facelift model arrives.