Geely has recently confirmed that the company will license a total of 3 models to Proton, the first being the X70 (Boyue). Subsequently, Geely will license the Binyue and VF11 to Proton in the near future.
The VF11 is a new MPV that will be introduced in China soon. As the VF11 MPV is still some time away, we believe that the Binyue will arrive here sooner. We took Proton's emblem and grille found on the upcoming X70 and grafted it into the Binyue, as you can see in these photos.
Set to compete against the Honda HR-V, Mazda CX-3, Toyota C-HR, and Ford EcoSport in the compact SUV segment, the Binyue is built on Geely’s BMA platform that was co-developed with Volvo.
For the Chinese market, the Geely Binyue is rather feature-laden, as the model can be equipped with:
- A large 10.25-inch floating-type touchscreen infotainment system
- Built-in digital video recorder (DVR)
- LCD meter cluster
- Eco and Sport drive modes
- 360-degree surround camera system
- Panoramic sunroof
- LED headlights
- Electronic Stability Control (ESC)
- Autonomous Emergency Braking (AEB)
- Lane Departure Warning (LDW)
- Lane Keep Assist (LKA)
- Intelligent Cruise Control (ICC)
- Blind Spot Detection (BSD)
- Intelligent High Beam Control (IHBC)
- Tire Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS)
Power comes from a turbocharged 1.5-litre 3-cylinder engine, part of Geely’s G-Power family of engines. The little 3-pot does a healthy 177 hp and 255 Nm, delivered exclusively to the front wheels via a 7-speed dual-clutch transmission. According to Geely, the new Binyue can hit 100 km/h from a deadstop in just 7.9 seconds.
Geely has yet to announce the prices of the Binyue as the model has not yet been launched in China.
Taking a leaf out of the X70’s books and looking at Proton’s future naming scheme, we won’t be surprised if the new Geely Binyue will be called the X30, as the Binyue is positioned lower than the Boyue (X70) in Geely’s lineup.