Closer look at the new 4-cylinder Geely Binyue Cool - the Proton X50 twin we never got
Eric · Jul 25, 2022 03:01 PM
The Binyue Cool gains a new 4-cylinder engine
New exterior design and revamped cabin
Will go on sale in China soon
Now in its fourth year of its lifecycle, Geely is set to give its venerable Geely Binyue a massive update, encompassing revamped looks and a new powertrain.
Yes, new powertrain. The new Geely Binyue Cool (yes, that’s the name) is powered by a new turbocharged 1.5-litre 4-cylinder petrol engine, good for 181 PS and 290 Nm. The new engine is codenamed BHE15-EFZ.
These figures mean that this new engine offers 4 PS and 35 Nm more than the current Binyue / Proton X50’s 3-pot (177 PS, 255 Nm).
As before, power is routed through a 7-speed wet-type dual-clutch transmission, driving the front wheels. Curiously, unlike other variants of the Binyue, the Binyue Cool does not get steering wheel-mounted paddle shifters.
Updated powertrain aside, Geely has thoroughly revamped the Binyue Cool’s exterior and interior. Up front is a pair of sharper-looking headlights, flanking an oversized front grille with a hint of red accents.
It’s a similar story towards the rear-end of the new Binyue Cool – the two distinctive LED tail lights of the regular Binyue have been swapped out for a one-piece unit. The tailgate has also been redesigned, which sees the number plate recess being positioned slightly lower than before.
Geely also revamped the cabin of the Binyue Cool – out goes the tiny 7-inch digital instrument cluster, now replaced by a larger 12.3-inch unit. There’s also contrasting florescent green highlights to lift the cabin ambience.
Apart from that, the dashboard and centre console design are also all-new. There is now more storage space in the centre console of the new Binyue Cool, as well as easier-to-access USB ports.
Geely has yet to put the Binyue Cool on sale in China, but seeing that units have been finding their way to dealers across the Middle Kingdom, we believe it’s only a matter of time before full details are revealed, including prices.