Published on September 14th, 2019 | by Daniel Sherman Fernandez0
Geely Coolray Sport launched in Philippines
This is the compact crossover that many Malaysian are talking about. This is the Geely Bin Yue renamed ‘Coolray Sport’ for the Philippines market and it will soon be the Proton X50 in Malaysia.
The Coolray made its global debut in late 2018. It is part of Geely’s new global lineup which is highlighted by its “expanding cosmos” grill, a feature present in every modern Geely vehicle since 2012. Recently launched in the Philippines at an estimated RM97,000 to RM104,000, this crossover is a direct rival to the Mazda CX-3 and Honda HR-V.
The Coolray measures 4,330 mm long, 1,800mm wide, 1,609 mm tall, with a 2,600 mm wheelbase and is built on Geely’s BMAplatform which, according to Geely engineers, optimizes interior space.Evidence of such is a wheelbase utilization rate of 68.7% for its cabin.
The Coolray’s exterior design was penned byBritish designer Jamie Barrett, who also led the design team for the entirevehicle, presumably for consistency. Chinese designers Cong Mei Song and GuMian, were responsible for the interior and color fabric, respectively. Cong issaid to have extensively drawn inspiration from ‘Star Wars’ and jet fightersfor the cockpit of the Coolray.
Illumination will be provided by full LEDprojector headlamps which are accented by LED daytime running lights which areactually incorporated into the fascia design which expand the cosmos grille asdazzling stars.
The interior is very futuristic and funwith premium touch materials and colors with some elements like the speakergrills and central air vents paying tribute to classic Chinese lattice design.
The instrumentation is a fully-digital7-inch LCD unit which gives a different display depending on the driving mode(eco, normal, or sport). A central-mounted floating 10.25-inch HD touchscreengives more access for infotainment and connectivity. Controls are ergonomicallyplaced with everything well within reach. The electronic shifter allows for atwo-level center stack for extra cubby holes for mobile devices which shouldpretty much discourage you from driving distracted. PH-bound versions will alsobe equipped with a panoramic sunroof.
The Coolray is sold with Intelligent CruiseControl, Automated Park Assist, a 360-degree view camera. Safety equipmentincludes electronic stability control, autonomous emergency braking withpedestrian recognition, blind spot detection, tire temperature and pressuremonitoring, and more.
Under the hood is a 1.5-liter turbo 4-cylinder rated at 174 PS and 255 Nm co-developed with Volvo. The engine is mated to a Geely-built 7-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission.
The Geely Coolray rides on MacPherson struts up front and a torsion beam rear suspension, combined with an electronic power steering system.