You'd love to see it as a Proton, but will the 2021 Geely Xingyue be one?

Sanjay · Nov 20, 2020 06:00 PM

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Continuing our coverage of the 2020 Guangzhou Autoshow, we're bringing you live photos of the 2021 Geely Xingyue!

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The three-stripe tail light detail is familar...

This is a car many Malaysians are excited about - it's unique, looks the part, and being manufactured by Geely, many are hypothesising that it could be the next Proton model. 

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The Geely Jiaji. It's the one Proton needs first.

That's still rather far-fetched as Geely has licenced only three models to Proton so far - the Boyue (Proton X70), Binyue (Proton X50) and one more touted to be based on the Jiaji MPV.

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Geely says that the fastback, coupe-SUV shape is inspired by 'the streamlined silhouette of a jungle cat leaping towards its prey'. It does callback to the BMW X6 M in certain angles, looking all taut and squat.

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An 'Infinite Weave' grille would look rather good in between those LED headlights...

The Xingyue (translated as 'leaping stars') is the first model to be based on Geely's Compact Modular Architecture (CMA) platform. 

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Three variants are available in China, with three different powertrain options:

2021 Geely Xingyue specs
Variant Powertrain
300T

1.5-litre, turbocharged three-cylinder 

48V mild-hybrid system 

190 PS / 300 Nm

7-speed wet-type DCT

350T

2.0-litre, turbocharged four-cylinder

237 PS / 350 Nm

8-speed automatic

400T

1.5-litre, turbocharged three-cylinder 

Plug-in hybrid system

7-speed wet-type DCT

Yes - the range-topping 400T uses a three-cylinder engine. Haven't you heard? Three is the new four.

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The Xingyue's interior is a classy affaird with familiar touches (the air-cond switches are similar as those in the X50). There's a digital instrument cluster and a 12.3-inch touchscreen infotainment system running Geely Key User Interface (GKUI).

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Sporty as it may be, the Xingyue still seats five on its leather seats. There's also rear-aircond vents!

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Four tailpipes. Very X50.

Again, please temper your expectations about this becoming the next Proton model. The Jiaji MPV is more of what Proton needs. We've taken that out for a spin - read the review here, and watch what we think about it.

Sanjay

Senior Writer

With humble beginnings collecting diecast models and spending hours virtually tuning dream cars on the computer, his love of cars has delightfully transformed into a career. Sanjay enjoys how the same passion for cars transcends boundaries and brings people together.

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