After unveiling the car to much fanfare last month, Geely has now officially launched the 2021 Bin Yue facelift in China. The mid-cycle update has brought along several changes, particularly in the compact crossover’s safety and tech appointments.
But first, the looks. As we’ve seen previously, the 2021 Geely Bin Yue facelift, simply called “New Bin Yue” in China, now features a new aggressive front fascia, characterised by the blacked-out ‘X’-shaped trim piece that extends from just below the headlights down to the fog lamp enclosures on the front bumper.
The grille also received a splash of athleticism, thanks to the new honeycomb mesh cover with yellow (or red) accents and the “ethereal bow” trim. The front splitter and side skirts also get the same accent colour treatment, complemented by the decorative vinyl strip on the bonnet for the added “because race car” look.
The LED headlights have been updated with a new “light show” mode (think Audi) upon unlocking, while over at the rear, the New Bin Yue – at least on this range-topping Battle variant – gets a slightly reworked roof spoiler with a carbon fibre-look finish to match the blacked-out roof and 18-inch alloys.
Inside, the new 2021 Geely Bin Yue features a sports car-inspired two-toned design across the dashboard, steering wheel, and upholstery – the latter is a combination of leather and suede on the sports seats, which look particularly supportive!
The new Geely Bin Yue also gets a new 72-colour ambient lighting system in the cabin, with light shining through perforations on the brushed aluminium trim pieces on the door and dashboard.
There’s also a new T-shaped gear selector lever on the centre console, plus a new AI interior camera system that can help monitor the driver while operating the vehicle, and also be used for in-car teleconference calls. But the main upgrade for the interior is the new 12.3-inch infotainment system, running Geely’s latest GalaxyOS software stack.
The infotainment system features ECarx’s new E02 SoC silicon, which promises up to 3.3-times faster processing speed, ultimately resulting in faster operation for the driver. As with most modern on-board software suite these days, updates are delivered over-the-air thanks to the built-in 4G connectivity.
In terms of safety, the New Bin Yue’s advanced driver assistance suite is updated with the addition of Speed Limit Information Function (SLIF), which feeds information into the navigation system using its on-board camera, remote parking assist and vehicle operation via the mobile app, as well as an enhanced Autonomous Emergency Braking system.
Additionally, the 2021 Bin Yue also comes equipped with a new 360-degree camera system that also acts as a digital video recorder (DVR/dashcam), recording videos from all directions via four individual cameras.
Powertrain wise, the new Geely Bin Yue is offered with the same two engines as before – a 1.4-litre mill that makes 141 hp and 235 Nm, paired to a six speed manual or dual-clutch automatic gearbox, and a familiar (for Malaysians) 1.5-litre turbocharged three-cylinder engine that’s good for 177 hp and 255 Nm, mated exclusively to a seven-speed dual-clutch.
Despite the powertrain being unchanged on the update, Geely did give the Bin Yue a slight update via software, with a new launch control system, an additional Track driving mode for snappier response, and an electronically-adjustable exhaust system.
Pricing for the 2021 Geely Bin Yue starts at CNY75,800 (~RM50k) for the entry-level 1.4-litre manual variant, and tops out at CNY119,800 (~RM78k) for the 1.5TD Battle variant you see here.
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