Geely has just unveiled a refreshed version of its best-selling SUV, now called the Geely Boyue Pro. It is quite an extensive facelift exercise with a revised exterior, new powertrain options as well as more sophisticated tech and cabin.
On the outside, the Boyue Pro receives elements from the sporty Xing Yue SUV Coupe, with full LED headlamps cluster (previously only the main beams were LEDs), monochrome emblem, restyled lower front bumpers, new 19-inch wheel design, sportier rear spoiler inspired from the smaller Bin Yue, Geely inscription across the tailgate as seen on the Proton X70 and revised LED taillamps with 3D effect.
Stepping inside and you’ll be greeted with a decidedly more upmarket and high-tech cabin. For starters the 8.0-inch GKUI touchscreen infotainment system is now replaced with a larger screen with a new operating system which allows the users to link the system functions to their smartphone and X Watch smartwatch. Details of the new GKUI operating system will be annoucned in due course.
The driver is greeted with an updated LCD instrument cluster that resembles Volvo’s new-generation Digital Driver Display, slimmer three-spoke multifunctional steering wheel and a new electronic gear selector.
Other revisions include piano tile like layout for the climate control, sleeker centre console layout, new Drive Mode selector rotary dial, ambient lighting and more generous use of aluminium inlays.
Reports have suggested that the Boyue Pro will have revised powertrain options in view of China’s tightening emission regulations with the 1.8-litre turbocharged four-cylinder TGDi petrol and a 1.5-litre three-cylinder turbo mill – the latter was co-developed with Volvo and first seen on the Bin Yue. Transmission options are expected to be a 6-speed manual or a 7-speed dual-clutch. It remains to be seen whether the 6-speed automatic will be carried over.
On the local front, Proton will be locally assembling right-hand drive versions of the much-loved X70 once the Tanjung Malim factory is ready, although we can’t say for sure whether the X70 CKD will be based on the Boyue Pro considering the cost involved for right-hand drive conversion.
2019 Geely Boyue Pro Unveiled