There's a new kid on the block and it's looking to take a big slice of the crossover market. Say hello to the Bin Yue, Geely's take on a small, stylish and high-tech compact crossover.
Aimed squarely against the likes of the Ford EcoSport, Nissan Kicks, Honda HR-V, Suzuki Vitara and the like, the Bin Yue is looking to raise the bar for small crossovers / SUVs with its clear-cut styling, high-tech equipment and turbocharged powertrain.
The new compact crossover was designed by a young global design team in Shanghai. Using Geely's 'Racing Through Time' design language, the Bin Yue draws inspiration from youthful aesthetics that blend with futuristic styling elements. The signature 'comsos' front grill has been redesigned and has been made to look more modern. Meanwhile, the headlights and front bumper were designed in such a way that it combines a sporty look and a dynamic appeal.
Around the back, horizontal taillights, rear diffuser and quad exhausts further highlight the Bin Yue's sporting pedigree. Adding to the Bin Yue's youthful looks are the distinct alloy wheels, floating roofline and roof-mounted spoiler.
Inside, the Bin Yue has a jet-plane inspired cockpit design and is complemented by a wide arry of tech. A huge 10.25-inch touchscreen infotainment system makes its home in the center of the dashboard and is capable of supporting navigation, multimedia and other driving assist systems. Complementing the touchscreen system is the 7-inch digital instrument panel.
Metal trim pieces, as well as shiny plastic trim give the Bin Yue a sleek and futuristic cabin design. High-grade models can even come with leather upholstery, automatic climate control, flat-bottomed steering wheel, and a two-tone interior finish.
But perhaps the most important feature in the Bin Yue are its smart connectivity features. Made possible with Geely's new 'Smart EcoSystem', users can now 'talk' directly to their cars and control all kinds of function. Even while they're away, drivers can remotely control the Bin Yue over 4G LTE service or in-car Wi-Fi.
Propelling the Bin Yue is a 1.5-liter turbocharged engine that was co-developed by Geely and Volvo. The motor produces 177 PS along with 255 Nm of torque. Mated to a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission that was also co-developed by the two companies, the Bin Yue can accelerate from 0 – 100 km/h in 7.9 seconds and is capable of having an average fuel consumption of over 16 km/l.
Apart from the 1.5-liter offering, the Bin Yue is alos available with a smaller 1.0-liter turbocharged engine that puts out 136 PS and 205 Nm of torque. Instead of a dual-clutch transmission, the 1.0-liter motor is paired with a six-speed manual gearbox. It also has better fuel consumption than the 1.5-liter at 18.8 km/l.
A plethora of intelligent driving aids and autonomous tech allows the crossover to drive by itself while also keeping occupants safe from harm. These includes Intelligent Cruise Control which allows the Bin Yue to follow other vehicles at speeds of up to 150 km/h as well as change lanes automatically, Automated Parking Assist which makes for safer and quicker parralel or perpendicular parking, Automatic Emergency Braking that can recognize vehicles, objects and pedestrians; Blind Spot Detection and a 360-degree monitoring system.
The Geely Bin Yue has been on sale in China since November 1 and will be offered in other global markets soon.