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  • Proton X70 caught testing in Pakistan – to get 1.5L Turbo 7DCT combo there instead of 1.8L, 2021 launch

    The Proton X70 has been caught testing in Karachi, Pakistan. According to, Proton’s Pakistani partner Al-Haj Automotive is in the process of introducing a range of Proton vehicles, and is already testing the Saga, which will be the first Proton model to be introduced there.

    Now it looks like the X70 is in the distributor’s plans too, as camouflaged units have been spotted on the road. The report says that Al-Haj has imported multiple units of the X70 from Malaysia for trials ahead of an anticipated 2021 launch. The front grille confirms that it’s the X70 and not the Geely Boyue that the Proton is based on.

    The same website says that the Pakistan market will receive the Proton X70 with a 1.5 litre turbo engine used by other Geely and Volvo models, and not the 181 hp/300 Nm 1.8 litre turbo engine in our CKD X70. The smaller 174 hp/255 Nm engine is a better fit there because of Pakistan’s tax structure. Like our X70, the 1.5L engine will be paired to a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission, which replaces the previous conventional six-speed auto.

    In March 2019, Proton announced that it will set up a local assembly plant in Pakistan, which will be owned and operated by Al-Haj. The factory will be built at a greenfield site in Karachi with an initial investment of US$30 million (RM126 million), and is expected to commence operations before the end of this year. As part of the agreement, Al-Haj will be the sole distributor for Proton vehicles in Pakistan.

    In April 2019, Proton exchanged documents with Al-Haj for a licensing and technical assistance agreement related to the building of the Karachi factory. The ceremony was witnessed by prime minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad – who was then in Beijing for the Belt and Road forum – and Geely chairman Li Shufu.

    “Expanding the sales of Proton vehicles outside of Malaysia is vital for us to achieve our long-term goals and we therefore hope for the Pakistan automotive market to be one of our growth engines for the future,” Proton chairman Datuk Seri Syed Faisal Albar said in the March 2019 announcement.

    The locally-assembled CKD Proton X70 was launched here earlier this month – read/view our review here.

    GALLERY: 2020 Proton X70 Premium X 2WD

  • Loyal Proton customer wins new Saga Premium AT

    For lucky Proton owner, Azrul Firdaus Bin Ramli, bringing his Iriz for routine maintenance at the national carmaker’s Centre of Service Excellence in Subang Jaya, and snapping a picture, was all that was required for him take home the grand prize of a brand-new Saga Premium AT in the Proton Service & Win contest.

    Designed to reward Proton customers for regularly servicing their cars and to promote the company’s authorised service centres, the contest (co-branded with Petronas) was held from August 15 to November 15 last year.

    During the contest period, over 125,000 owners sent their vehicles for servicing, with eligible participants required to upload a picture of their car on Facebook together with a creative caption. The winner was decided by Proton’s management based on the creativity of their posting.

    Over the past two years, Proton has actively sought to recruit new partners to increase the number of 3S/4S outlets in its dealer network. As of now, the carmaker has 121 such outlets, and it is targeting to have 150 outlets up and running by the end of the year. Additionally, it is continuously investing in staff training programmes and benchmarking itself against other brands.

    “Selling a car is the beginning of a relationship between an automotive brand and its customers. During a five-year ownership cycle, there will be many occasions when a customer returns to service their car and this is an opportunity for Proton to showcase a premium brand experience,” said Li Chunrong, CEO of Proton.

    “This is the strategy driving us towards investing in a comprehensive network of 3S/4S outlets and also helps to ensure our cars are maintained by trained technicians, which will help long-term residual values,” he added.

  • Nissan Kicks e-Power to debut in Thailand March 19 alongside global launch of facelift; Malaysia next?

    The Nissan Kicks crossover is about to debut in neighbouring Thailand in range extender e-Power form this March 19, Headlight Magazine reports. The unveiling of the Kicks e-Power will come just under a week before the 2020 Bangkok International Motor Show opens this year.

    Headlight Magazine says that Nissan is pushing for its e-Power technology particularly in Thailand as internal combustion engined vehicle cannot meet the criteria for electrified vehicles in the country, and its Note e-Power hatchback will be superseded by the Kicks e-Power in Thailand.

    The Thai government, via the Board of Investment (BoI) confirmed on July 25, 2018 that a major investment project by Nissan Thailand for the expanding of production of its hybrid vehicle and e-Power range extender technologies has been approved.

    Might the Kicks e-Power arrive in Malaysia, too? The B-segment compact crossover has been indicated as due to arrive in our market, though initially reported for arrival by the later half of last year; this is now expected to follow shortly after the new N18 Almera is introduced this year.

    According to the statement by the BoI, the Nissan Thailand facility is located in the Bang Sao Thong district within the Samut Prakan province, and will use raw materials worth more than 15,920 million baht (RM2.115 million) annually in the production of Nissan e-Power vehicles, which were originally produced in the automaker’s native Japan.

    In brief, the Nissan e-Power system is technically an electric vehicle powertrain as a generator that sends electricity to an electric motor. In the case of the forthcoming Kicks e-Power, a 1,198 cc three-cylinder HR12DE internal combustion engine with 79 hp and 103 Nm of torque supplies power to the EM57 electric motor, which outputs 129 hp and 254 Nm of torque to the driven wheels, according to Headlight Magazine.

    This appears to be a development of the power unit in the Note e-Power, which used the 79 PS/103 Nm 1.2 litre HR12DE to supply a 109 PS/254 Nm electric motor from the previous Leaf. The range extender configuration provides the benefits of an EV, such as immediate torque from a standstill, without range anxiety or long charging times as there is no need to manually charge the battery from a plug and socket.

    The Kicks e-Power will be launched as part of the facelifted Kicks model range when it makes its global launch in Thailand at the same time. This comes a little under four years after the launch of the current-generation Kicks, which made its debut in May 2016 in Brazil.

    GALLERY: 2016 Nissan Kicks

  • FIRST LOOK: 2020 Honda Civic facelift with Sensing in Malaysia – three variants offered; RM114k-RM140k

    It has been a long wait, but the 2020 Honda Civic facelift has finally gone on sale in Malaysia, with buyers being able to choose from three variants as before, including the base 1.8 S for RM113,600 (OTR without insurance), mid-spec 1.5 TC for RM129,600 and range-topping 1.5 TC-P for RM139,600.

    Styling revisions that come with the facelift include a redesigned front bumper, where the lower section now integrates the black trim into a single piece running across the width of the unit, while a new bumper garnish finds its way to the rear bumper.

    For the 1.5 TC-P, the front end now features a piano black “wing” on the grille along with a boot spoiler as standard. The range-topper also gets new 18-inch alloy wheel design shod with 235/40 series tyres, while the 1.5 TC sits on 17-inch units (215/50 series tyres), and the 1.8 S rides on 16-inch units (215/55 series tyres).

    Under the bonnet, the familiar 1.8 litre naturally-aspirated four-cylinder SOHC engine (141 PS and 174 Nm) continues to be of service in the 1.8 S. The remaining two variants are powered by the L15B7 1.5 litre VTEC Turbo four-cylinder engine with 173 PS and 220 Nm of torque instead. An Earth Dreams continuously variable transmission (CVT) is mated to both engines, with drive being directed to the front wheels.

    New equipment being introduced with the facelift include front parking sensors, automatic wipers and 60:40 split-folding rear seats (previously, a fixed bench). These add on to existing items like single- (1.8 S and 1.5 TC) and dual-zone climate control (1.5 TC-P), fabric (1.8 S) and leather upholstery (1.5 TC and 1.5 TC-P) as well as a seven-inch Advanced Display Audio head unit.

    Standard safety kit for the Civic includes six airbags, front parking sensors, Vehicle Stability Assist (VSA), ABS, EBD, brake assist, Emergency Stop Signal (ESS), Hill Start Assist (HSA) and a reverse camera. Variant-specific add-ons include LaneWatch for the 1.5 TC and 1.5 TC-P, with the latter also gaining the Honda Sensing suite of safety and driver assistance systems.

    The Civic now becomes the third locally-assembled (CKD) Honda model to get the suite after the CR-V and Accord (introduced with the ninth-gen; the tenth-gen was recently launched), with components available being Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC) with Low Speed Follow (LSF), Forward Collision Warning (FCW), Collision Mitigation Braking System (CMBS), Lane Keep Assist System (LKAS), Road Departure Mitigation (RDM), Lane Departure Warning (LDW) and Auto High-Beam (AHB).

    When you’re finished watching Matthew take you on a tour of the new Civic, do check out our review of the refreshed C-segment sedan as well as our launch report. You can also compared the new Civic’s specifications with its rivals at

    GALLERY: 2020 Honda Civic 1.5 TC-P facelift

    GALLERY: 2020 Honda Civic 1.5 TC facelift with Modulo accessories package
    GALLERY: 2020 Honda Civic 1.8 S facelift

  • Mk8 Volkswagen Golf GTI revealed – 245 PS, 370 Nm

    As sure as there is a Volkswagen Golf in the world, a GTI version always follows, and the latest Mk8 is finally here. Evolutionary in its approach, the recipe hasn’t changed significantly since Volkswagen rebooted the franchise with the Mk5, but if it ain’t broke…

    On the outside, this means that the GTI isn’t radically different from the standard Golf, the basic design having been lifted from that car’s R-Line package. This includes a larger full-width lower air intake framed by a concentric black line, giving the GTI an uncharacteristically aggressive front fascia in concert with the wide, low-set headlights and grille. It also gets deeper side skirts and a rear diffuser-like bumper insert.

    Applied on top of all this are the GTI-specific touches. A thin red accent strip spans across the grille and the standard LED headlights, reaching all the way into the latter’s “tails”. For the first time on the Mk8, the grille also has an illuminated strip that joins the daytime running lights to form a single horizontal graphic, while the honeycomb air inlet mesh can be optioned with five LED fog lights on either side, forming two X shapes.

    The red strip continues into the front fender appliqué with the redesigned GTI badging that also appears on the grille. As standard, the car comes with unique “Richmond” 17-inch alloy wheels, with 18- and 19-inch rollers available as options. Finishing off the look are the larger tailgate spoiler, the new centrally-mounted GTI badge and a pair of real round tailpipes.

    Subtle additions can also be found on the inside, with the meaty flat-bottomed three-spoke steering wheel getting a red accent on the bottom spoke and GTI badging. The sports seats continue with a tartan pattern on the inserts – now in a new “Scalepaper” design – and feature a bold red stripe around the headrest. Models with a manual transmission retain the golfball-style dimpled gearknob, also in a new design.

    The standard kit list in Europe includes the range-topping 10.25-inch Digital Cockpit instrument display with unique graphics, a 10-inch touchscreen for the navigation system, a 30-colour ambient lighting system, stainless steel pedals, keyless entry, autonomous emergency braking, lane keeping assist and car-to-x (vehicle-to-vehicle and vehicle-to-infrastructure) communication.

    Under the bonnet, the GTI continues to be powered by an EA888 2.0 litre turbocharged petrol engine, now making 245 PS and 370 Nm of torque – increases of 15 PS and 20 Nm from the regular Mk7.5 GTI and on par with the Performance Pack version of that same car. A six-speed manual gearbox comes as standard, and buyers can also specify a seven-speed DSG dual-clutch transmission with unique tuning.

    The chassis is also par for the course, with MacPherson struts at the front, multilink suspension at the rear, an XDS electronic differential lock and a sports suspension setup with a 10 mm drop in ride height compared to the standard Golf. New for the Mk8 is the Vehicle Dynamics Manager, a driving dynamics control system that coordinates the operation of the XDS system and the optional DCC adaptive dampers.

  • FIRST LOOK: 2020 Honda Accord 1.5L VTEC Turbo

    Yesterday saw the launch of the all-new 2020 Honda Accord. The tenth-generation D-segment sedan is locally assembled at Honda Malaysia’s Melaka plant and is priced at RM185,900 on-the-road without insurance for the 1.5 TC. The range topping 1.5 TC-P goes for RM195,900.

    It’s clear that this Accord is an all new model, a big departure from the previous car. It’s change everywhere, starting from the fastback style profile and short rear deck.

    The not-so-three-box shape appears long and sleek, but the new Accord, at 4,901 mm, is actually 34 mm shorter. It’s 12 mm wider though, and the roofline is 15 mm lower than before. The 2,830 mm wheelbase has grown by a significant 55 mm, and you can see for yourself how roomy the rear quarters is in the video above.

    More change under the hood, where the Accord goes the downsized turbo route like the Civic and CR-V. The 1.5 litre VTEC Turbo is in the highest state of tune that we’ve seen so far here, with 201 PS at 5,500 rpm and 260 Nm of torque from 1,600 to 5,000 rpm. Paired to a CVT, the Accord does 0-100 km/h in nine seconds (9.1s for the heavier TC-P) and top speed is 190 km/h.

    Our Accord isn’t just more powerful than our Civic (173 PS/220 Nm) and CR-V (193 PS/243 Nm), but it has 11 PS/17 Nm more than the Thailand and Indonesian versions, which are rated at 190 PS/243 Nm.

    Moving on to kit, the Accord gets full LED lighting front and rear, 17- or 18-inch (1.5 TC-P) alloys, keyless entry and push start (with remote engine start), front and rear parking sensors, a multi-angle reverse camera, plus an 8.0 inch factory head unit with 10 speakers, a subwoofer and Android Auto/Apple CarPlay support.

    Also in are dual-zone climate control, a 7.0 inch digital instrument cluster, leather and powered front seats (eight-way driver with memory, four-way passenger). Six airbags across the board.

    The 1.5 TC-P adds on the Honda Sensing suite of driver assist systems, which includes Lane Departure Warning (LDW), Lane Keeping Assist System (LKAS), Road Departure Mitigation (RDM), Collision Mitigation Braking System (CMBS), Forward Collision Warning (FCW) and Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC) with Low Speed Follow (LSF) function. The outgoing top Accord had Honda Sensing as well, but LSF is new here.

    Acronyms aside, the range-topper also benefits from Honda LaneWatch (left side rear view camera), a 360-degree parking camera, Cross Traffic Monitor, Smart Parking Assist System with rear Brake Assist and a tyre deflation warning system. As usual, one can also tick a Modulo package and other optional accessories.

    Check out our launch report and compare the new Accord’s specs with D-segment rivals at

    GALLERY: 2020 Honda Accord 1.5 TC-P

  • 2020 Mitsubishi Xpander facelift gets aesthetic and equipment updates in Indonesia – from RM65,504

    The Mitsubishi Xpander has been given a slight update in Indonesia, with the LMPV (Low Multi-Purpose Vehicle) receiving a number of aesthetic and equipment changes. These cover nearly all variants of the seven-seater sold in the country, including the base GLX, GLS, Exceed, Sport and Ultimate.

    Outside, the Xpander receives a lightly tweaked Dynamic Shield grille featuring a larger Mitsubishi logo and reshaped louvres that swing upwards in the middle, while behind the main grille, all variants come with dual horns as well.

    On a variant-to-variant basis, the GLS and Exceed variants get piano black trim for the grille, while from the Exceed onwards, the kit list now includes 16-inch two-tone alloys, LED headlamps, a shark fin antenna, rear defogger and reverse sensors. For the Sport, there’s now a reverse camera and a chrome grille, the latter also applicable for the Ultimate.

    Moving inside, new patterns for the beige-coloured seats can be found on Exceed and Ultimate cars, while the Sport receives a revised black seat pattern. The silver trim found in the Sport and wood trim in the Exceed and Ultimate have also been redesigned, while a seven-inch touchscreen head unit and six-speaker setup makes its way into the Sport and Ultimate (the former now comes with steering wheel audio controls). Beyond these revisions, the cabin remains unchanged from before.

    No changes under the bonnet either, with the 4A91 1.5 litre naturally-aspirated four-cylinder continuing to provide 104 PS at 6,000 rpm and 141 Nm of torque at 4,000 rpm. The MIVEC powerplant is still paired with either a five-speed manual or four-speed automatic, directing drive to the front wheels. Pricing for the revised Xpander range starts from 215.8 million rupiah (RM65,504) and peaks at 272.1 million rupiah (RM82,593).

    GALLERY: Mitsubishi Xpander Sport A/T pre-facelift (Indonesia-spec)

  • Grab and Gojek discussing merger? Gojek says no

    There’s a rather shocking news going around that ASEAN ride hailing giants Grab and Gojek are discussing a possible merger. It came from The Information via Tech In Asia and cites sources familiar with the talks.

    However, the two super app companies are still far from reaching an agreement as the respective valuations and post-merger shareholdings have to be ironed out, the report says. Apparently, Grab has told its investors that Gojek expects at least a 50% stake in the combined entity’s Indonesia business. Grab however wants overall control of the merged company across Southeast Asia.

    This has been flatly denied by Gojek. “There are no plans for any sort of merger, and recent media reports regarding discussions of this nature are not accurate,” a spokesman told Tech In Asia. Grab declined comment.

    Rumours of a merger between the region’s tech champions have picked up since the departure of Gojek’s co-founder and former CEO Nadiem Makarim last October. He is now Indonesia’s education and culture minister. The two companies have been competing fiercely and burning lots of cash while at it, providing subsidies to drivers/riders and to entice customers with promos.

    Both companies must look towards profitability, and Asad Hussain, mobility analyst at PitchBook, says that a merger “could significantly accelerate both companies’ paths to profitability, creating significant value for investors.”

    “[The two] have been locked in a price war as they compete for new users, which has come at the expense of margins, even as both companies face pressure from investors to show a path to profitability,” he adds. Profitability might sound good to the two companies list of big name backers, which include Toyota, Microsoft, Mitsubishi, Google and Singapore’s Temasek. Of course, Masayoshi Son’s SoftBank has hands in both pies.

    The analyst says that a combined Grab-Gojek could create the world’s third-largest ride-hailing business by market valuation, after Uber and China’s Didi Chuxing.

  • 2020 Mercedes-AMG GLA45, GLA45 S debut – up to 421 hp/500 Nm, 0-100 km/h in 4.3 seconds, 270 km/h

    Mercedes-Benz has unveiled the hottest versions of its GLA compact crossover yet – the Mercedes-AMG GLA 45 4Matic+ and the Mercedes-AMG GLA 45 S 4Matic+. Starting with the MFA2 platform H247 GLA that made its debut in December 2019 as a base, the AMG versions here employs the 2.0 litre, turbocharged four-cylinder petrol engine as featured in the Mercedes-AMG A 45 and A 45 S.

    The 1,991 cc M139 engine produces 387 hp at 6,500 rpm and 480 Nm of torque between 4,750 rpm and 5,000 rpm in the base GLA 45, and 421 hp at 6,750 rpm and 500 Nm of torque between 5,000 rpm and 5,250 rpm in the GLA 45 S. Both versions send their outputs to an AMG Speedshift DCT 8G dual-clutch transmission and the AMG Performance 4Matic+ fully variable all-wheel-drive system.

    Thus equipped, the GLA 45 does the 0-100 km/h sprint in 4.4 seconds and a top speed of 250 km/h, while the higher-output GLA 45 S does the benchmark run in 4.3 seconds and a slightly higher top speed at 270 km/h. Combined fuel consumption for the GLA 45 is rated at 9.2 l/100 km with CO2 emissions at 211 g/km, while the GLA 45 S is rated at 9.3 l/100 km with CO2 emissions at 212 g/km.

    Like on the W177 A45 and C118 CLA45 launched last year, the GLA 45’s driveline features AMG Torque Control, which gives the system the ability to vary outputs not just between front and rear axles, but also between the left and right rear wheels by means of a twin clutch pack for torque vectoring. Also like on its 45-badged siblings, the GLA 45’s engine has been rotated 180 degrees relative to that in the 35-badged models in order to enable shorter paths for both intake and exhaust manifolds.

    To handle the prodigious outputs, Mercedes-AMG has given the GLA 45 bodyshell reinforcements to cope; a lightweight aluminium plate fitted beneath the engine increases the car’s torsional rigidity at the front end, supplemented by diagonal struts at the front and rear ends of the underbody. These additions significantly reduce lateral and longitudinal movements of the bodyshell, thus reduced pitching and rolling motions during load changes when driving.

    Suspension on the GLA 45 come courtesy of a MacPherson strut configuration for the front, and a four-link layout for the rear. Adaptive damping is provided by AMG Ride Control, offering three levels of suspension stiffness. The system adjusts damping forces for each of the four corners fully automatically, adjusting within milliseconds and is infinitely adjustable, according to the company.

    Similar to A 45 convention, braking for the base GLA 45 is handled by 350 mm x 34 mm ventilated and perforated brake discs with four-piston monobloc calipers in front, and 330 mm x 22 mm discs with one-piston floating calipers feature at the rear; the standard brake calipers are grey with white AMG lettering.

    The GLA 45 S and the base model with the optional AMG Dynamic Plus package get the larger, six-piston fixed calipers with 360 mm x 36 mm front brake discs, here featuring red calipers and black paint for the AMG logo. Rolling stock is a set of 19-inch 10-spoke wheels for the base model, while the S gains 20-inch rollers in a five-twin-spoke design; 21-inch items are optionally available for the GLA 45 and GLA 45 S.

    As on comtemporary 45-series AMGs, steering comes courtesy of a speed-sensitive electromechanical setup with variable ratios. This will be either heavier in a sporty setting or lighter in the more comfort-oriented modes, and six drive modes are offered in the GLA 45 S and part of the optional AMG Drive Select Plus package, comprised of Slippery, Comfort, Sport, Sport+, Individual and Race.

    This links to the powertrain and transmission, exhaust, steering and suspension parameters. Inside, the MBUX infotainment system is treated to AMG-specific visual highlights in the displays, with Classic, Sport and Supersport display styles on offer for driver instrumentation. The AMG menu provides model-specific displays for a gear speed indicator, warm-up, set-up, g-meter, Racetimer and engine data.

    This is in addition to the voice control functions with the cue ‘Hey Mercedes’ which grants access to infotainemnt and vehicle system functions. Standard on the S variant and optional on the base model, AMG Track Pace software is included in the MBUX infotainment system offer racetrack-use monitoring of more than 80 vehicle-specific data points, including speed, acceleration and more.

    Acceleration and deceleration values can be measured and saved, and the AMG Track Pace can also detect when the vehicle has left the circuit or taken a shorter route, using GPS data as well as acceleration, gyroscope, steering angle and wheel speed sensors. Here, the MBUX Augmented Reality function can also show an ideal line for a stored racetrack on the multimedia or head-up display, in essence providing virtual racetrack instruction.

    Also included as standard in the GLA 45 S is the AMG Performance steering wheel trimmed in nappa leather and Dinamica microfibre textile with contasting stitching, while standard upholstery is a combination of black Artico synthetic leather and Dinamica microfibre. Seatbelts in the GLA 45 are red designo items, while the dashboard gets carbon-fibre-look trim. Four different leather upholstery choices are also available.

  • Geely Icon launched in China – BMA-based SUV with 48V mild hybrid, N95-level air filtration, from RM69k

    Having been revealed in full in November, the Geely Icon has finally gone on sale in its home market of China. Sitting on the same B-segment Modular Architecture (BMA) as the Binyue, the new compact SUV serves as a more fashion-forward alternative to the latter, being a relatively faithful production recreation of the eponymous concept from 2018.

    As we’ve seen before, the car sports a blocky, futuristic design apparently inspired by ’80s 8-bit graphics. The front end is perhaps the most striking aspect of the Icon, dominated by a reinterpreted “expanding cosmos” grille that now spans the entire width of the fascia.

    The concentric rectangular motif is bookended by the vertical main headlights (which are claimed to improve lighting efficiency by 30% and provide 165 m of forward visibility at night) that are said to resemble the infinity symbol, while the upper headlights have been reduced to slits, flanking a slim air intake. Another pair of rectangular inlets can be found lower down, while the clamshell bonnet is fitted with vents.

    The upper lights flow neatly into a prominent accent line that then sweeps downwards and back into the squared-off wheel arches; this line is repeated over the rear wheels. The rectangular motif is repeated in the depressions of the side sills, retractable door handles and what appear to be indicators on the door mirrors.

    Meanwhile, the pillars are all blacked out for the in-vogue “floating roof” look, though the bodywork does rise upwards towards the rear to form body-coloured fins. The tail lights are still rectangular but slightly larger than on the concept and mirror the infinity symbol of the headlights; the aforementioned concentric motif at the front is also repeated at the rear to form the number plate recess.

    The interior also borrows several cues from the show car, including a layered dashboard, air vents again shaped like an infinity symbol and a Mercedes-Benz G-Class-style passenger grab handle. Under the tall centre console is stowage space for your belongings, and there’s also a wireless smartphone charger ahead of the stubby gearlever. As you can see, buyers can also specify daring brown-and-white colour scheme.

    A pair of 10.25-inch displays are seemingly draped over the top layer – one for the instruments, the other for infotainment. The centre screen runs the latest Geely Key User Interface (GKUI 19) – first seen on the Boyue Pro – while the 360-degree camera system can be used to show 180-degree views of the front, rear and sides of the car. The Icon will also come with the N95-certified Intelligent Air Purification System (IAPS) that was rapidly developed in response to the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) outbreak.

    Geely says that the Icon is available with “Level 2+” semi-autonomous driving capabilities, supported by 12 ultrasonic radar sensors, millimetre-wave radar and five high-definition cameras. Driver assistance features include autonomous emergency braking with pedestrian detection, adaptive cruise control, lane keeping assist and autonomous parking, among others.

    The Icon will also debut an optional 48-volt mild hybrid system that provides 13 hp and 45 Nm of accelerative boost. It is paired to the standard-fit 1.5 litre turbocharged three-cylinder engine that on its own produces 174 hp and 255 Nm of torque, resulting in a total of 188 hp and 300 Nm during short periods.

    The engine is mated to a seven-speed wet dual-clutch transmission, just like you’d find in the locally-assembled Proton X70. All in all, the Icon is able to sprint from zero to 100 km/h in 7.9 seconds with the mild hybrid system, whilst also being capable of a combined fuel consumption figure of 5.7 litres per 100 km. Pricing in China ranges from 115,800 yuan (RM69,500) to 128,800 yuan (RM77,300).


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