The recently unveiled Geely Bin Yue compact SUV is now officially on sale in China, once again setting a new benchmark in equipment and technology for the segment.
Sitting on the new global B-segment Modular Architecture (BMA) platform, the Bin Yue measures 4,330 mm in length, 1,800 mm in width, 1,609 mm in height with a wheelbase of 2,600 mm. One of the unique characteristics of the BMA platform is the optimised layout for a spacious cabin and the Bin Yue boasts a 68.7 per cent wheelbase utilisation rate for the interior.
On the outside, the Bin Yue takes much of its design cues from the larger Bo Yue SUV albeit with a more dynamic and youthful approach thanks to the angular front splitters, quad exhaust outlets, rear diffuser inserts, dual-tone paint scheme, red painted brake calipers as well as a sporty rear spoiler.
The decked-out variant of the Bin Yue gets full adaptive LED headlamps with LED daytime running lights, LED fog lamps, carbon fibre finish body kit and 18-inch alloys wrapped in 215/55 Continental UC6 rubbers.
Step inside and you will not believe that this is a car that rivals against the Honda HR-V and Mazda CX-3 because the design and equipment levels are well above the competition. In the Bin Yue you’ll find dual tone leather upholstery with brushed aluminium inlays, 7.0-inch LCD instrument cluster display, multifunctional steering wheel with paddle shifters, 10.25-inch floating touchscreen display, electronic gear selector, 360-degree surround view camera, air ioniser, panoramic sunroof and more.
On higher grade models, the infotainment system is powered by the latest GKUI (Geely Smart Ecosystem user interface) that comes with an AI engine with natural Voice Command. The system operates similarly to what will be available on the soon-to-be-launched Proton X70 except, the prompt on the Geely model is “你好，缤越” (Hi, Bin Yue).
The Bin Yue is available with two powertrain options – a 1.5-litre turbocharged three-cylinder or a 1.0-litre three-cylinder turbo. Both engines feature direct injection technology and are front-wheel driven. The 1.0-litre TD engine is found on lower grade models and is paired to a six-speed manual transmission to deliver 136 hp and 205 Nm of torque. Fuel consumption is rated at 5.3 L/100 km.
The 1.5-litre TD engine co-developed with Volvo is paired to a seven-speed wet dual-clutch transmission to deliver 177 hp and 255 Nm of twist, capable of sending the Bin Yue sprinting from 0 to 100 km/h in 7.9 seconds whilst returning a fuel consumption rating of 6.1L per 100km.
As a global model, the 1.5-litre TD engine has covered more than 12 million kilometres of testing through Asia, Africa, Europe and North America while the seven-speed DCT has completed over 6 million km of testing. Ensuring the powertrain is able to serve global markets reliably.
Geely has also paid special attention to the Bin Yue’s Advanced Drivers Assist technologies, achieving Level 2 autonomous driving with the onboard tech. Using a combination of radar and high-definition cameras, the Bin Yue comes with ICC Intelligent Cruise Control with Lane Keep Assist, Lane Departure Warning and Blind Spot Detection. This allows the Bin Yue to follow vehicles at speeds of up to 150 km/h and can even perform lane changes automatically.
Geely’s G-Safety technologies are also available in the Bin Yue, bundling Electronic Stability Control, Autonomous Emergency Braking system with pedestrian recognition, Tyre Pressure Monitoring System with temperature readouts, HD driving recorder and others.
In China, there are six variants of the Geely Bin Yue on sale with prices starting from RMB78,800 (RM47k) for the base 1.0L (MT) to RMB118,800 (RM71k) for the range-topping 1.5L DCT. Every purchase of the new compact SUV in China comes with an 8-Years or 300,000 km mileage warranty.