Geely really wants a slice of the MPV market and has released its contender for the global market. After teasing its silhouette a few weeks ago, Geely has officially released the first photos of the Jia Ji multi-purpose vehicle. It will serve as Geely's 'young, stylish and green' MPV and represents the brand's shift from just making SUVs and sedans.
According to Geely, the MPV abandons the typical 'box on wheels' look and instead, has a sleek shapely design. Adopting the brand's new 'racing through space and time' design language, the MPV gets 'meteor-style' headlights and a redesigned 'Cosmos' front grill. It also has a rakish windshield design and a sloping roofline which gives it an aerodynamic look. Furthermore, the MPV also has a distinct beltline which runs nearly the entire length of the car.
Stepping inside, the MPV features a sweeping dashboard design that is complemented by heaps of piano black trim, leather upholstery, and blue ambient lighting. Designed by Geely to have integrated technology at hand, the Jia Ji MPV features a floating 12.3-inch media display, semi-digital instrument panel and a unique 'double deck' central panel.
Other unique technologies available in the Jia Ji include cup holders that can heat up or cool drinks, hand-gesture controls for the map light / interior lights, and a huge panoramic glass roof. A total of three seating arrangements available for the Geely MPV; 2+2+2, 2+2+3, and 2+3+2.
Two powertrain options are available for the Jia Ji MPV. First up is a 1.5-liter turbo that is helped along by a 48 volt mild-hybrid system. It has a combined system output of 190 PS and 300 Nm of torque. Power is then transferred to a 7-speed dual-clutch transmission. There's also a plug-in hybrid version of the 1.5-liter turbo which doles out a lot more power; 258 PS and 385 Nm of torque. Like the mild-hybrd, it is also mated to a 7-speed dual-clutch.
For those that prefer a conventional engine, the Jia Ji can also come with a 1.8-liter turbocharged engine. It puts out 184 PS along with 300 Nm of torque. Instead of a dual-clutch transmission, the 1.8-liter motor is connected to a six-speed automatic transmission.
Geely will officially launch the Jia Ji MPV in early 2019 in China, with other markets to follow suit. It would be interesting to see how the Jia Ji matches up against some of the dominant MPVs in South East Asia, particularly the Toyota Innova.