The Geely Haoyue is set to be the company's flagship 3-row SUV when it is launched in China, but could this serve as a flagship model for Proton as well?
Starting with dimensions, Geely cheekily mentioned that the Haoyue is a XXXL-sized (大大大空间) SUV. Not surprising, as it is 4,835 mm long, 1,900 mm wide, and 1,780 mm tall. The Haoyue's wheelbase is 2,815 mm.
Compared to the Proton X70 (4,519 mm x 1,831 mm x 1,694 mm), the Haoyue is 316 mm longer, 69 mm wider, and 86 mm taller. The Haoyue’s wheelbase is 145 mm longer than the X70.
Dimensions aside, the Geely Haoyue is expected to feature two powertrains – the first is a carried over 1.5-litre turbocharged 3-cylinder petrol engine from the smaller Binyue (Proton X50, anyone?). This engine does 177 PS and 255 Nm.
Then there's the Haoyue's design - from the photos, Geely has incorporated its "Expanding Cosmos" front grille, flanked by a pair of sleek-looking headlights.
The Haoyue also gets SUV design elements, including a silver front skid plate, fender extension pieces, a roof rail, and a raised ride height.
Typical of recent Geely models, expect the Haoyue to be available with a long list of safety equipment - the image above mentions that the Haoyue can be had with a 360-degree view monitor, front and rear parking cameras, and Adaptive Cruise Control (as part of Geely's ADAS suite).
Geely has yet to reveal pricing of the upcoming Haoyue, but some publications have estimated that it could be priced between CNY 138,800 to CNY 198,800.
For comparison sake, the Geely Boyue is priced between CNY 88,000 to CNY 156,800, while the Jiaji is priced between CNY 98,800 to CNY 148,800.
In fact, the estimated pricing puts the Haoyue on par with the Xingyue, which is priced between CNY 135,800 to CNY 195,800.
In other words, the Haoyue will be priced around 60 percent higher than the Boyue (Proton X70). If it were to be introduced in Malaysia, expect it to be priced closer to around RM 170,000.
Geely has yet to officially launch the Haoyue in China, but given that the company has revealed preliminary details, we reckon it isn't too far off.
The short answer is no, at least not in the near term. The next two Geely models to be introduced in Malaysia is the Binyue (Proton X50) and Jiaji (7-seater MPV positioned above the Proton Exora). While Proton has made great strides, it is doubtful if the Proton brand can sustain a product priced above RM 150,000.
Also, the market seven-seater SUVs is not very big. At that price, cheap reconditioned Toyota Alphards/Vellfire dominate.
In the meantime, check out our videos of these two upcoming Geely models.
Geely Binyue (Could be known as the Proton X50)
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