Together with the first images of the Bin Rui, Geely also released official “spyshots” of its forthcoming B-segment SUV, which is set to see a Chinese market launch in the fourth quarter of this year. The new model, codenamed SX11, will be the second model to be built on Geely’s new B-segment Modular Architecture (BMA) after the sedan.

Even with all the camouflage, it’s clear that this is the same car that was leaked earlier this year, with a sportier look compared to other models in the Geely stable. At the front, the company’s signature “expanding cosmos” grille and sweptback headlights have been made more angular and more assertive, while aggressive air intakes feature underneath.

Also seen is the prominent front fender bulge that is another of the brand’s styling cues, along with scalloped flanks and a distinct C-pillar kink and blacked out D-pillars that give the SX11 a floating roof look – a design borrowed from the Boyue. We can’t see much of the rear in the photos, but a sketch provided shows the trapezoidal tail lights, broad chrome trim, large tailgate spoiler and twin exhausts that we’ve seen in the leaks.

Chinese automotive portal autohome.com.cn previously reported that the SX11 will measure 4,330 mm long, 1,800 mm wide and 1,609 mm tall, with a wheelbase of 2,600 mm. That puts it between the Vision X3 and Vision SUV models, and makes it a full size smaller than the C-segment Boyue.

Geely has confirmed that the SX11 will be powered by a 1.5 litre turbocharged and direct-injected three-cylinder petrol engine, developed in partnership with Volvo and producing 161 hp and 255 Nm of torque. It’s expected to get a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission also jointly developed with the Swedish carmaker, and is quoted to go from zero to 100 km/h in 7.9 seconds.

Will the SX11 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.

Proton is introducing its first SUV based on the Boyue soon, so it would make sense for the company to build on its soft-roader portfolio with the SX11, especially in a value-driven market where B-segment SUVs rule the roost. Of course, anything can happen – we’ll just have to wait and see.