A couple of weeks ago, Geely announced the initial details of its new B-segment Modular Architecture (BMA), its first modular platform designed completely in-house. At the time, the company said that its upcoming small crossover, codenamed SX11, will be the first model built on the BMA platform, but it has now revealed photos of a new sedan that will beat it to market, going on sale in the third quarter of the year.

Despite being based on a B-segment platform, the Binrui, as it’s called, is a C-segment model that slots just under the Emgrand GL, if past information from CarNewsChina is accurate. According to the website, the new four-door measures 4,680 mm long, 1,785 mm wide, 1,460 mm tall, making it 45 mm shorter, 17 mm narrower and 18 mm lower than its sibling. Its 2,670 mm wheelbase is also 30 mm shorter.

CarNewsChina also reported that the Binrui will have two turbo petrol engines, confusingly with similar power outputs but different torque figures. The 1.0 litre direct-injected three-cylinder produces 134 hp and 180 Nm of torque, while the 1.4 litre MPI four-pot churns out less power (131 hp) but more torque (215 Nm).

Looking like a shrunken-down version of the Borui flagship, the Binrui features a sleek fastback design and a familiar front fascia consisting of sweptback headlights and Geely’s signature “expanding cosmos” grille. There’s also a prominent front fender bulge, another of the brand’s design cues.

Will the Binrui come to Malaysia as a Proton? Well, Geely has already dropped hints that the national carmaker will utilise the BMA platform, saying that it will be used by Geely’s foreign brands and that it will be built in Southeast Asia. It is designed to accommodate all the latest active safety technologies, future Level 2 and Level 3 autonomous driving features and Geely’s latest petrol engines, including a 1.5 litre turbo direct-injected engine developed in partnership with Volvo.

The Binrui could become the next-generation Preve, powered by downsized engines. Don’t hold your breath, however, as it could still be a long while before Proton even thinks about a replacement for the sedan.