Geely recently unveiled its refreshed and updated best-selling SUV, the Geely Bo Yue Pro. It comes with an extensive revision to the exterior, interior features as well as new and improved powertrain options.
Sitting at the top of the line Geely Bo Yue Pro is the 1.8-litre turbocharged four-cylinder TGDI petrol engine (the same one we have on the Proton X70). To comply with the more stringent China National 6B emission standards, Geely has paired the 1.8-litre mill with a new 7-speed dual-clutch transmission which has an efficiency of 97%.
As a result, the Bo Yue Pro 1.8-litre TD has reduced fuel consumption by up to 1 litre per 100 km over the original Bo Yue. Power output has also been recalibrated to produce a maximum power of 184 hp and 300 Nm of torque, which is 15 Nm more than the original car.
There is also now a new entry-level variant packing a 1.5-litre turbocharged three-cylinder that is co-developed with Volvo Cars. Unlike the Volvo, the engine is mated to either an Aisin sourced 6-speed automatic or 6-speed manual transmission.
The 1.5-litre three-pot produces 177 hp and 255 Nm of torque with drive transferred to the front wheels. While Geely did not disclose the century sprint time of the Bo Yue Pro 1.5-litre TD, they did confirm it can achieve the same maximum velocity of 200 km/h like the more powerful variant.
The Geely Bo Yue Pro has not been officially launched in its home market yet, but the Chinese carmaker has announced that there will be six variants of the Bo Yue Pro on offer. Closer to home, Proton has just begun trial runs for its CKD (local assembly) operations of the X70 which is based on the Bo Yue.
Although it is very unlikely for Proton to introduce the “facelifted X70” (Bo Yue Pro) to the local market any time soon because right-hand drive conversion, parts localisation as well as trial runs will have to take an extended lead time considering how much more improved and advanced the Bo Yue Pro is.
Nevertheless, we have been hinted that there will be “some surprises” with the CKD X70, with more differentiation compared to the fully imported model. But don’t worry, even if we’re not getting the Bo Yue Pro any time soon, the current X70 still has plenty to offer.
Geely Bo Yue Pro