Right off the bat is the modernized dashboard. While Geely has done its homework to keep the previous generation Boyue’s dashboard updated over the years, the all-new model is a step in the right direction, with a portrait-style floating screen taking centre stage, literally.
The new infotainment screen measures 13.2 inches and its one of the largest screens fitted to a Geely. With a resolution of 1440 x 1920, text and graphics on the screen are sharp and easy to read. It runs on the new Galaxy OS Air, powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 8155 system-on-chip (SoC).
Audio is piped through an 11-speaker sound system from Infinity, which is further enhanced by a sound processing system by Logic7.
Out goes the 7-inch digital instrument cluster of the predecessor model, now replaced with a much larger 10.25-inch unit. There’s also a massive 25.6-inch augmented reality (AR) head-up display that’s new to the Boyue line-up.
And it gets even better. Geely has re-engineered the Boyue L’s sun visor, now with a cleverly designed “dark filter” that functions like a pair of sunglasses. It blocks out 100 percent of ultraviolet rays and has a visible light transmission of just 6 percent.
There are also a pair of cossetting seats up front with power adjustment, as you would expect in an SUV of this level.
Under the hood of this redesigned SUV is a range of new powertrains. At the debut, Geely mentioned that the Boyue L will get two turbocharged mills, a 1.5-litre 4-cylinder that does 181 PS and 290 Nm and a 2.0-litre with 218 PS and 325 Nm. The latter is co-developed with Volvo and is part of the Drive-E family of engines.
Electrified versions were also announced, which includes a turbocharged 1.5-litre petrol-electric hybrid (HEV), as well as a plug-in hybrid (PHEV) version. The latter is said to offer a range of up to 1,300 km, all while returning a fuel economy figure of 4.2-litre / 100 km.
What about Malaysia?
As mentioned earlier, the Proton X70 is essentially a right-hand drive (RHD) version of the Geely Boyue, so it’s safe to say that the brand-new Boyue L could preview the next-generation Proton X70.
That said, prices of the next-generation Proton X70 isn’t likely to be as affordable as the current one (RM 98,800 to RM 128,800), owing to the more upmarket cabin and sophisticated powertrains.
The next-generation Proton X70 may not be offered here any time soon too. Recall that the CKD Proton X70 was only launched here in February 2020, and thus the next-gen model won’t arrive here until 2025.