To call the Geely Xingyue L a Chinese Volvo is not very farfetched considering that it is sitting on the Compact Modular Architecture (CMA) platform and is powered by a Volvo-derived engine. Launched in 2021 and sold overseas as the Geely Monjaro, the 5-seater SUV was recently given an update in China.
The changes are very minor with a new Frosted Grey colour offered as well as new headlight and taillight designs. There are two variants for the 2023 model which are priced between RMB 157,700 and RMB 168,700 (~RM 101k-108.5k).
Both variants are powered by a turbocharged 2.0-litre 4-cylinder engine that produces 238 PS and 350 Nm. Power is sent to the front wheels via an 8-speed Aisin automatic transmission.
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Despite being the flagship SUV, the Geely Haoyue which is the Proton X90’s donor car is longer and is offered with a 3-row seating configuration. The Xingyue L is only available with 2 rows but it has a longer wheelbase.
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Inside, the Xingyue L also remains unchanged from when it was first launched a couple of years ago with 3 screens placed with each other on the dashboard – a 10.25-inch driver’s display and a pair of 12.3-inch infotainment screens in the middle and on the passenger side.
Powered by Geely’s Galaxy OS 2.0, the system is equipped with a faster Qualcomm Snapdragon 8155 processor and the setup is offered as standard across the two updated variants.
Besides, the higher-end variant of the two is offered with 3-zone climate control, an upgraded sound system, and an AR-powered head-up display (AR-HUD).
In terms of safety, the updated Xingyue L is offered with Level 2 ADAS which includes lane change assist (LCA), evasive manoeuvre assist (EMA), rear collision warning (RCW), as well as front and rear cross-traffic alert (FCTA and RCTA).
The Xingyue L is not a China-only model as it is sold in left-hand drive (LHD) markets overseas as the Geely Monjaro. Only time will tell if the Xingyue L will be given the Proton rebadge treatment but the next Geely model to be given a Malaysian tiger could be the Emgrand sedan which might be called the Proton S50.
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