Geely has introduced the plug-in hybrid version of its popular Binyue SUV in China, about six months after the regular turbocharged models went on sale.
Similar to the turbocharged models, the plug-in hybrid variants of the Binyue get a 1.5-litre turbocharged three-cylinder engine hooked up to a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic. The engine is capable of outputting 174 hp and 255 Nm. As for combined system output, the Binyue PHEV does 255 hp and 415 Nm.
It is worth noting that the closest sibling in the extended Geely family is the Volvo XC40 T5 Twin Engine plug-in hybrid, which shares a similar powertrain as the Binyue PHEV, but outputs 247 hp and 445 Nm.
An 11.3 kWh battery pack allows the Binyue PHEV to boast a 60 km EV range. When combined with a 6.6 kW charger, the Binyue PHEV only requires an hour and 30 minutes to fully charge its batteries.
Outside, the Binyue PHEV is largely identical to the regular Binyue, with the exception of the charging port located on the left front fender and several PHEV emblems.
Safety equipment is also rather generous, as the Binyue PHEV can be had with Intelligent Cruise Control (ICC), Autonomous Emergency Braking With Pedestrian Detection, Lane Keep Assist, and Speed Limit Identification.
Prices are also rather attractive, starting from 139,800 yuan for the base “Knight” variant, while the mid-range “Ranger” variant costs 149,800 yuan. The range-topping Battle variant costs 159,800 yuan. Geely did mention that these prices are post-incentives, as the pre-incentives prices are 172,800 yuan, 182,800 yuan, and 192,800 yuan respectively.