There's much hype surrounding Geely's upcoming SUV, so we decided to render one that fits in with Proton's styling.
For those not in the know, the Geely KX11 is perhaps the most exciting thing to be launched by the Chinese brand in the relatively short time it has been in the international spotlight. The excitement over it is due to the fact that it will sit on the CMA platform that underpins the Volvo XC40, as well as the Geely Xingyue coupe-SUV, and the Geely Xingrui sedan.
As a seven-seater, three-row SUV, however, it's a little bit larger than you would expect of the other models listed here. It truly stretches the limits of the CMA platform, coming in with a wheelbase of 2,845 mm (145 mm longer than the XC40), a length of 4,770 mm, a height of 1,689 mm, and a width of 1,895 mm. It also looks more traditional than the Xingyue that the market's already familiar with, which looks a lot more like a BMW X4.
Engine options will be a 2.0-litre four-cylinder turbocharged petrol engine, and a 1.5-litre three-cylinder turbocharged petrol engine - which will have outputs similar to what already exists in the Geely lineup, and paired with an Aisin 8-speed automatic gearbox or one of their dual-clutch units.
Would it come to Malaysia, in a form similar to what you see in the renders above, perhaps wearing an "X90" badge to slot above the X70? Sadly, it's less likely to happen because of the way in which this KX11 is to be constructed and the complexity involved. Geely doesn't yet have separate product lines or sub-brands to differentiate their more premium offerings from their mass-market models, so it's understandable.
For the purpose of budget 7-seaters in China and other developing regions, the Geely Haoyue fulfils that role - and arguably that would be a much better bet as a replacement for the aging Exora. Don't count on a luxury seven-seater SUV just yet, but who knows - perhaps with enough time, Proton may grow enough to start pushing higher-end models.
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