Meet the Geely’s SX11, should the Honda HR-V be worried?

Geely has quietly released initial photos of its upcoming compact crossover, codenamed SX11. Set for an official debut in Q4 2018, the yet-to-be-named B-segment SUV is said to offer best-in-class performance, equipment and technology.

Based on the official photos, the designers have put in the effort to give the SX11 its unique look and not just a shrunken version of the Boyue. The SX11 is clearly geared at the younger crowd with its decidedly sportier appearance thanks to an angular front bumper, sharp headlamp design and modern taillamp graphics.

The “split” C-pillar design gives the crossover a floating roof effect that blends in nicely with the strong lines on the body. Its large alloy wheels (expect smaller or different designs at launch) and dual exhaust outlets further highlight its sporty image.

The cabin is where the SX11 is a huge step ahead of its rivals. Spotting a dual tone upholstery theme – brown and black in this case, floating widescreen infotainment system, LCD instrument cluster, multifunctional steering wheel and a panoramic sunroof.

Look further down the interior and you’ll find a stylish centre console with aluminium garnish surrounding the electronic gear selector, electronic parking brake and various controls for the vehicle.

Geely has confirmed that the SX11 will be equipped a 1.5-litre turbocharged three-cylinder petrol mill packing 177 hp and 255 Nm of torque, enough to send the crossover sprinting from 0 to 100 km/h in 7.9 seconds. The same engine is also found on the Volvo XC40 T3 thanks to a joint-development effort from the Swedish marque.

Geely has plans for its latest B-segment Modular Architecture (BMA) platform to be featured on various brands under the Group to achieve better economies of scale in manufacturing. Knowing that Proton’s upcoming SUV is based on the existing Geely Boyue, would you like to see a B-segment Proton SUV that is based on the SX11?



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