Geely has just launched its latest B-segment sedan aimed at the budget-oriented market.
Following the release of several teaser images two months ago, the automaker has officially revealed the 2022 Geely Emgrand and is now accepting reservations in China. Aimed directly against the likes of the Hyundai Accent, Toyota Vios, and Honda City, the all-new Emgrand offers a distinct exterior, practical and high-tech features, and a spacious cabin.
Now on its fourth generation, the 2022 Emgrand sits on the same B-segment Modular Architecture (BMA) found in the Geely Coolray. But beyond that, the Emgrand features a unique design that appears to be inspired by the Geely Preface and Xingyue L crossover.
It features a distinct pair of headlights, a bold front grille, stylish alloy wheels, full-width LED taillights, a sloping roofline, and an integrated trunk spoiler.
Despite being a budget sedan, Geely gave the Emgrand a nice-looking interior. It gets a flat-bottom steering wheel, a 10.2-inch touchscreen infotainment system, a two-tone cabin finish, a 12.3-inch digital instrument panel, and a digital automatic climate control panel.
Don't expect to find a turbocharged engine under the hood of the Emgrand. Instead, it's powered by an upgraded naturally-aspirated 1.5-liter inline-four. The engine now makes 114 PS (+6) and 147 Nm (+7) and is connected to a CVT. The five-speed manual gearbox has reportedly been discontinued for the Chinese market.
The 2021 Geely Emgrand is now available in China with a price range of CNY 62,800 (about PHP 483,571) to CNY 84,800 (about PHP 652,975). But why were they able to price it so competitively? Aside from sharing its platform with the Coolray, it doesn't come with a turbocharged powertrain. As a result, this allowed Geely to keep costs down for their new B-segment sedan.
Assuming Sojtiz G Auto Philippines (SGAP) decides to bring the Emgrand here, it might give other B-segment sedans a run for their money. And since it has a 1.5-liter engine, Geely can take advantage of the ASEAN-China Free Trade Agreement to further keep prices down.
Geely Philippines has yet to say whether they will be launching an all-new model this year. However, the company already has three new vehicles lined up for the country, one of which is a passenger car. Could the Emgrand be one of those upcoming models bound for the Philippines? We're keeping our fingers crossed for an announcement in the future.