Geely Jia Ji MPV revealed, could this be the new Proton Exora?


Geely Auto has just unveiled first official images of its latest MPV, the Geely Jia Ji (嘉际). Banking on its stylish design and high-tech cabin, the new global MPV opens up a new chapter in Geely’s product portfolio.

Penned at Geely’s Shanghai design studio, the Jia Ji ditches the traditional “box on wheels” design and instead incorporates Geely’s latest design philosophy to create a stylish and modern family vehicle. Familiar cues include the expanding cosmos grille, wide lower bumper, sculpted waistline, and floating roof.

Key dimensions of the Jia Ji were not revealed but the company has said the MPV will meet all family mobility requirements. The Jia Ji is available in either six- or seven-seater configuration with three seating options – 2+2+2, 2+2+3 or 2+3+2.

The cabin is where the Jia Ji takes the game onto another level with modern visuals, high-tech connectivity and abundance of features. Passengers will be greeted with a full LCD instrument cluster, 12.3-inch floating widescreen infotainment panel and a double deck centre console that houses the main controls and electronic gear selector while the lower deck area frees up additional storage space.

Touching on the feel-good items of the cabin are the stylish roof mounted controls with motion activated ceiling light that negates the need to search for the light switch in the dark, ambient lighting that runs across the dashboard, intelligent cup-holder with cooling and heating function, panoramic sunroof and a touch panel control for the rear climate control.

The Jia Ji is available with three powertrain options at launch – a 1.5-litre turbocharged mild-hybrid (MHEV), 1.5-litre plug-in hybrid and a 1.8-litre turbo petrol. The MHEV pairs a 1.5-litre turbo petrol with a 48V electrical system to push out 190 hp and 300 Nm of twist while the PHEV commands 258 hp and 385 Nm of torque. Both electrified powertrains are paired to a seven-speed dual clutch transmission.

Alternatively, buyers who prefer a more conventional set up can opt for the 1.8-litre turbo petrol engine and six-speed automatic combo that pushes out 183 hp and 300 Nm of twist.

The Geely Jia Ji MPV will make its market debut in 2019 and will find its way to markets outside of China shortly after. Closer to home, the Proton Exora is due for a replacement soon and looking at Geely’s intention to have Proton as the regional manufacturing hub for right-hand drive models, there is a high chance that the Jia Ji will take over the baton from the Exora.


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Geely Jia Ji MPV


Adrian Chia

Adrian Chia

He believes that the perfect remedy to Monday blues is a mixture of 4 wheels, clear roads and a pinch of twisty tarmac. A hot hatch is the icing on the cake.
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