Geely BMA modular platform – more details released

Geely BMA modular platform – more details released

Geely has released more details of its B-segment Modular Architecture (BMA), its first modular platform designed fully in-house. The Chinese conglomerate says that BMA shares the flexibility and scalability of the larger Compact Modular Architecture (CMA), which was developed in partnership with Volvo.

Developed over four years with nearly 100 modular architecture experts from over 20 countries, the BMA platform uses standardised interfaces between power, electrical, chassis and body modules to enable the creation of various vehicles such as sedans, MPVs and SUVs. Geely says it was developed to meet the needs of younger users who demand more spacious, enjoyable and personalised vehicles.

The BMA platform can accommodate wheelbases of between 2,550 and 2,700 mm and track widths of between 1,500 and 1,600 mm. This scalability allows production to be optimised for speed, while the optimisation of powertrain, suspension, seating position, ergonomics and component layout maximises interior space. Geely claims class-leading space utilisation for models built on the BMA platform.

Geely BMA modular platform – more details released

At the same time, the platform allows models to achieve up to 70% commonality in parts and components, ensuring strong economies of scale. It also shortens the development time for new vehicles from the usual 36 months to between 18 and 24 months. With this, Geely says it will be able to stay at the forefront of the market and quickly respond to customer demands and provide users with the vehicles they require.

Safety is another key feature, with BMA being designed to exceed the criteria for a five-star EuroNCAP safety rating. It utilises 70% high-strength steel and 20% hot-formed steel in its construction, and has been designed to accommodate active safety features as well as Level 2 and Level 3 autonomous driving.

As we previously reported, BMA was designed to be able to fit various powertrain options, including 1.0 litre, 1.4 litre and 1.5 litre turbocharged engines (the latter has been co-developed with Volvo and will also be fitted to the Volvo XC40 crossover), as well as plug-in hybrid, regular hybrid and mild hybrid electric configurations as part of the brand’s Multi-Power system.

The new SX11 crossover will be the first BMA-based model

Geely’s new B-segment SUV, codenamed SX11, will be the first model built on the BMA platform. Expected to be launched in the second half of 2018, it will be powered by the 1.5 litre direct-injected turbo engine producing 177 hp and 255 Nm of torque. Chinese automotive portal Gasgoo reports that the model will be called Xingyue, following a naming convention set by the Boyue.

Will national carmaker Proton be a recipient of the BMA platform? Geely has dropped a few hints before, saying that the architecture will be applied to the company’s overseas subsidiary brands, and that production of BMA-based models will be launched in Southeast Asia. Other production sites that will build these models include those in Eastern and Western Europe, Africa, South America and the Middle East.

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Comments

  • John May 9 Nangis on Jul 27, 2018 at 6:37 pm

    Wow, Geely is so focused and have far sights. Amazing that they developed this with Volvo. Thsi BMA platform is so clever and forward thinking reducing costs.

    Lucky Geely is saving Proton and our car industry. If not for Geely, Proton would lingkup.

    We really need more people like Li Chunrong to run our GLCs and Putrajaya for us to aim for greater heights too

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    • Azman on Jul 28, 2018 at 1:36 pm

      Proton is on its way to do well. All thanks to Li Chunrong and Tun M.

      Both will make the company a success again

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      • DriveNewWays on Jul 30, 2018 at 11:59 am

        Thanks to TunM? Are you kidding me? lol….
        He was against Geely & PROTON deals (still is)… So much that he proposed for a third national car company… -.-”
        Even nowadays he still trying to meddle into PROTON/Geely partnership causing Geely pulling brakes on many things until everything cleared up…

        Thank to TunM? LMAO!

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    • Same L00 on Jul 29, 2018 at 1:05 am

      When proton cars are all Geely rebadge with genuine Geely quality, it can sell. Remember the proton wira glory time?

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  • What?? on Jul 27, 2018 at 6:49 pm

    Actually, the first model developed on the BMA platform is the C-Segment “Binrui” sedan which slots in between the Emgrand GL and Borui GE and will be on sale in Q3. The “Xingyue” is the second model and will be unveiled in Q4. The next model using this platform will be another SUV codenamed SX12 which will be inspired by the Concept Icon in terms of design.

    PT should do an article on the Binrui since photos and specs of the car has already been out for a while now on Chinese sites like Autohome.

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    • Azman on Jul 28, 2018 at 1:38 pm

      Ever since New Government took over, I noticed Proton doing very well. So happy New Government is giving the right inputs to Proton to do well

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    • John Kalah Teruk on Jul 30, 2018 at 6:19 am

      At least Geely never beg bailout money from China Government

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  • Post GST on Jul 27, 2018 at 8:19 pm

    Sure seems like Geely is very very worried about Proton sales when Boyue arrives in Sept … Barrage of promotional articles esp on Fridays to capture weekend readers

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    • Michael on Jul 28, 2018 at 2:55 pm

      Imagine Proton was resisting a partner for over 15 years. Play hard to get with Peugeot, VW and even Geely.

      Proton CEO and management thought they were so smart and happening.

      Now see? Proton is nothing compared to worldwide knowledge and processes. Jaguh kampung

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    • Bodo statement. Just cuz PT posted the article on Friday dun mean it came out from Geely on Friday. FYI this news broke by Businesswire on 14 July 2018, that was 2 Saturdays ago.

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  • 2550~2700mm wheelbase puts it right up to C-segment territory here. Wow! And sized up nicely in Preve category. Cud this be the new platform for Preve next year? If P1 engineers start to adapt this to RHD, then perhaps just in time for Preve2 launch! Gud times r rolling in like nickels.

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    • Michael on Jul 28, 2018 at 3:01 pm

      Better thank Geely for their brains.

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      • Geely = P1
        P1 = Geely

        P1, Geely, Mesidis, VolvoCar, VolvoTruck, Lotus > all

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    • Malek Tongsan on Jul 28, 2018 at 3:37 pm

      BMA platform not utilising HPF steel?

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      • “It utilises 70% high-strength steel and 20% hot-formed steel in its construction”

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    • karam singh on Jul 29, 2018 at 8:34 am

      you are talking nonsense. 2550mm is the wheelbase for Wira, and the older Vios (NCP42, NCP93). it is now the B segment.

      even B segment like Almera, vios and City has grown up to 2600mm now.

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      • Dei! Read properly lar. The quoted wheelbase of 2550~2700mm, means its from Bsegment all the way up to Csegment (Civic WB – 2700mm, Sylphy WB – 2700mm, Altis WB – 2700mm). Geddit?

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  • Not Toyota Fan on Jul 27, 2018 at 9:44 pm

    Yes, the SX11 will be coming to Proton. If not mistaken, target date is 2019 but that’s an optimistic projection, IMHO.

    It will give HRV a run for the money but by 2019, P2 B Segment SUV would definitely be launched ahead of this SX11 & HRV face lift would also have been launched.

    How much will these 2 factors impact potential sales, no one can predict.

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    • What?? on Jul 28, 2018 at 1:53 pm

      SX11 will be launched in 4th quarter this year. If Proton is fast enough they can start working on it as soon as it hits the market and have it ready for our shores by mid-2019.

      The BMA platform has a more global and modular approach in mind and I believe it will be RHD ready from the get go.

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  • John Bin Dedak on Jul 27, 2018 at 10:23 pm

    I hope Proton receives the BMA platform!

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  • Albert Yong on Jul 27, 2018 at 10:38 pm

    Smart move by Geely. Now all car companies share platforms for better economies of scale.

    Proton would have never thought of this even in a 100 years. This is why we need a Smart shareholder like Geely

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    • Huh? What do u mean? P1 has been sharing platforms in their various models since ages ago.
      Waja, Gen2, Persona, Satria Neo shares 1 platform.
      Preve, Suprima, Exora shares 1 platform.
      Saga BLM, Iriz, Persona2, shares 1 platform.

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  • boyue or xc90 on Jul 28, 2018 at 1:05 am

    might as well get a Proton Boyue at Rm85k, why need to spend RM 260k for a volvo xc90?

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    • Gilbert on Jul 28, 2018 at 2:54 pm

      Have chance to sit in Boyue at proton factory, the quality is better than xc90. Slightly better than CX5.

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    • Iskandar on Jul 28, 2018 at 3:33 pm

      might as well get a premium Harrier at 260k.

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  • tokmoh. on Jul 28, 2018 at 3:40 am

    Proton, Geely > all

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  • #Oppo-Find-aSS. on Jul 28, 2018 at 9:29 am

    China car is the future! Most of us already die when they dominated the world

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  • normal_user on Jul 28, 2018 at 10:18 am

    my prediction & wishes:
    1. Geely SL @Binrui = Preve replacement
    2. Geely Borui = Perdana replacement
    3. Geely VF11 = Exora replacement
    4. Geely SX11 Xingyue = new model to compete Perodua SUV
    5. Geely GS = new Hatch crossover

    Dont be surprised if the interior quality beats Honda’s CKD’s models. (*hint given by proton insider)

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    • proton also said the Waja was BMW’s Asia. and savvy my first lotus.

      and the iriz was its global small car. and the preve and persona – game changer.

      they also claimed all their cars have excellent handling. perhaps they never drove cars like city, camry, accord or altis. they may not feel like sports cars (they are not in any way too) but they do have tidy handling. part of it the simple change of wheel sizes to 15″ and 16″ sizes. Nissan Sentra of the 90s and Wira and civics are all using 13″ and 14″ wheels which is not good at road holding and control.

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    • proton will need another warehouse to store ready parts supply due to entirely different body panels (acceptable) and also mechanical.

      remember, proton still need to stock cars up to 11 or 12 years old including savvy, waja, gen2, saga BLM, saga FLX, inspira, preve, iriz, persona, exora, ertiga, saga VVT.

      and soon, 5 models from Boyue. if theydont stock ready parts like what happened during the Putra coupe time, market will say bye2 again.

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    • johnissohai on Jul 29, 2018 at 2:19 pm

      havent u realized yet?…malaysian don’t care whether your car have higher quality interior etc…

      iris vs old myvi, who has better interior, but who has bigger sales?

      mazda3 vs civic, who has better interior, but who has bigger sales?

      so if you think a better interior quality of Geely@proton can outsold honda & perodua, think again

      #LOL

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    • Yes…Please continue dreaming..

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  • While our Boyue will be powered by a 1.8T 181HP & 285Nm that not as efficient as the new 1.5T 177HP & 255Nm. Come on give us the newer engine.

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    • Not Toyota Fan on Jul 29, 2018 at 1:54 pm

      Theoretically, you’re right. But just to compare both engines in isolation isn’t practical. The Boyue is nearly 1.7 tons.

      In start-stop city traffic, the 1.5T would probably consume just about the same as the 1.8T. The advantage would come in during long distance constant speed (highway driving), which for most people would not be the the daily drive.

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    • You mean FC? 1.8T of course sips a bit more fuel than 1.5T. It is not rocket science

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  • jinggo on Jul 28, 2018 at 12:16 pm

    Geely, where is your Proton Boyue? why so late? too slow..

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    • Rooney on Jul 28, 2018 at 1:34 pm

      Proton Boyue. Coveted “Handling by LOTUS”

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    • https://paultan.org/2018/01/05/proton-boyue-suv-to-be-ready-by-q4-2018/

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    • Naive on Jul 29, 2018 at 3:24 pm

      You think RHD conversion and locality tests, sap sap sui 2 months can finish already? Poor thing

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  • Shockingly Toyota is 70 years old but performs worse that 12 years old Geely. Worldwide and even in MY, sales is waterfall. Quality is waterfall. Reputation is waterfall. So shame. Geely otoh has 2 established brands to their name: Volvo & Mesidis.

    Toyota shud learn to be humble like P1 and seek learn so much more from their younger rival.

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    • HowWhat on Jul 30, 2018 at 1:40 pm

      Mercedes is not under Geely you moron. Go to school and study first before commenting here.

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      • https://paultan.org/2018/02/26/li-shufu-zhejiang-geely-holding-founder-is-now-daimlers-biggest-shareholder-with-9-69-stake/

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        • Terumo on Aug 01, 2018 at 11:46 am

          Get your brain alligned John, if you ever have one? They are a 9.69% shareholder. Ownership comes after you have breached the 50% threshold and you get board approval from existing car company. Daimler will never allow that. They mentionedthat their shares in the open market is also limited to there would not be any attempted take over of the group. Also, many car companies have shares in other car companies. That does not make them the brand owner of the particular brand.

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  • Potential customer on Jul 29, 2018 at 9:31 pm

    Proton, u really need to speed up your new product launch before a lot potential customers get tired of waiting and switch to other car brands. What i heard is that setting up the Tanjung Malim takes time until next year…

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  • Aiyoyo. Pls read more. Boyue will launch 1st then later CKD here.
    https://paultan.org/2018/06/08/proton-suv-to-be-launched-in-malaysia-by-october/

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