As compact B-segment SUVs go, the Geely Binyue is the first of its kind for the automaker. It’s built on Geely’s BMA modular platform (co-developed with Volvo, but not shared with any current model from the premium brand yet), and like the name suggests, the platform can be scalable and even electrified, as seen with the Binyue PHEV.

Two turbocharged engines are available, beginning with the entry-level 1.0 litre three-cylinder petrol making 134 hp and 205 Nm of torque. Above that is the 1.5 litre three-potter making 174 hp and 255 Nm of torque. In the PHEV variant, the bigger engine is used, and together with the hybrid system generates a total combined output of 255 hp and 415 Nm of torque. Transmission choices include a six-speed manual and seven-speed dual-clutch automatic.

The Geely Binyue, previously codenamed SX11, was launched in China in November last year, with prices ranging from 78,800 yuan (RM48k, for the base 1.0 litre models) to 118,800 yuan (RM72k, more representative of what we’re likely to receive). It’s currently being readied for our market, and test mules of what is expected to be the “Proton X50” are already roaming in Malaysia. So, what do you think, how would you like a Honda HR-V rival priced from say, RM80k to under RM100k?

GALLERY: Geely Binyue PHEV

GALLERY: Geely Binyue