With the launch of the Okavango, Geely Philippines now has three models in the current line-up. However, we noticed that all of them are crossovers. Will Geely Philippines branch out to other body styles like a minivan or sedan?
Well, that's been answered because, in six months, they say they're rolling out their first sedan in the country. So that answers one question, but the other thing is, what could it be?
So far, there are three candidates.
The first one is the Binrui, and it's a compact sedan. It uses the Geely BMA platform, which was co-developed with Volvo. In its home market, there are two engine options, namely a 1.0-liter, three-cylinder turbo with 133 PS and 200 Nm of torque, and a 1.4-liter with 141 PS and 250 Nm of torque. Transmission options include a six-speed manual, a six-speed dual-clutch gearbox, and a CVT with eight simulated gears.
Another Geely sedan that could land here is the Xingrui. The four-door is also known as the Preface in markets outside of China, and it shares the same CMA chassis as the Volvo XC40. Like the Binrui, it's also a compact sedan, albeit slightly larger. As for engines, it has a 2.0-liter turbo that's good for 190 PS and 300 Nm of torque. The sole transmission option is a seven-speed dual-clutch gearbox.
Last but not least is the Borui GE. Unlike the two mentioned above, this is a mid-size sedan, and it's nearly five meters long. This sedan is more like an Accord and Camry competitor than an Altis and Civic fighter. Curiously, it has the same 1.5-liter turbo engine as the Xingrui, and it makes less power at 184 PS. However, there is also a plug-in hybrid version that puts out an impressive 261 PS and 425 Nm of torque.
Of the three mentioned, the Xingrui/Preface is the likeliest to debut in the Philippines. That's because it's the only one here with an English name. Also, the specs of the Preface appear more on par with its potential competitors. Also, the odds of the Borui GE landing here are relatively slim as the mid-size sedan market isn't as strong it used to be. Either way, there are high expectations for Geely's first sedan in the country, especially after the good impressions the Coolray and Azkarra established here.