Geely Xingyao (FX11) unveiled in China – could this be the next-gen Proton X70?

Geely has just unveiled the Xingyao (FX11) in China, coming in the form of a new C-segment-sized SUV that will reportedly serve as the replacement to the ageing Boyue in its home domestic market. The Boyue also serves as the base model for the Proton X70 here in Malaysia, which means the new FX11 could eventually be used for the next-gen X70, when the model is due a refresh here on our shores!

In terms of styling, the Xingyao adopts Geely’s all-new design language that first made its debut on the Vision Starburst concept. The front is characterised by a new massive grille, which pushes all other design elements towards the edges, including the main headlights which are integrated neatly into the grille design.

The entire front fascia is framed between the instantly recognisable inverted L-shaped daytime-running light signatures, which are set deep within the front bumpers. A heavily-contoured, body-coloured trim serves as a nice contrast against the darkened grille, with the angular panels reminding us of the BMW iX Sport, lending credence to its strong, muscular stance. It’s definitely a striking design, to say the least.

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The rear fascia, meanwhile, sports a minimalist yet recognisable design, thanks to the generous use of sharp lines and angular cues. The resemblance to the Vision Starburst is immediately obvious, with the highlight here once again being the lighting fixture, which gets a full-width treatment with vertical elements bookending both ends.

Technical information of the Geely Xingyao hasn’t been released by the company just yet, but Chinese media outlets reported that it’ll be available with a 2.0-litre turbocharged inline-four petrol engine taken from the Xingyue L, alongside a range of hybrid powertrain offerings, as denoted by the Hi.X branding on the SUV’s initial teaser image.

The FX11 is built on the latest iteration of Geely’s Compact Modular Architecture (CMA) platform, dubbed the ‘CMA1.5’. The exact changes aren’t announced just yet, but media reports also suggest that it’ll feature the GEEA 2.0 computing platform, which will allow for a SAE level 2 autonomous driving capability.

The Geely Xingyao will make its public debut next month at the Chengdu Auto Show, so keep your eyes peeled!



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