FIRST LOOK: 2019 Geely Jiaji – next Proton MPV?

You guys asked for it, so here’s a quick walk-around tour of the brand new Geely Jiaji MPV. The MPV measures 4,706 mm long, 1,909 mm wide and 1,690 mm tall, making it over 100 mm longer and wider than the Proton Exora, while being just as tall.

In Geely’s own words, the Jiaji combines the “sleekness of sedan, the power of an SUV, and the space of an MPV.” Design-wise, there’s the familiar “expanding cosmos” grille, a pronounced front fender bulge, a more subtle window line kink and a blacked-out D-pillars for that “floating roof” look. It rolls on 18-inch two-tone alloy wheels with a ground clearance of 165 mm.

Inside, build quality is excellent, and the modern design further elevates the cabin’s overall perceived quality. There’s a fully-digital instrument cluster, a freestanding 12.3-inch touchscreen infotainment system (with super fluid screen transitions!), as well as a floating centre console with Qi wireless charging tray for compatible smartphones.

FIRST LOOK: 2019 Geely Jiaji – next Proton MPV?

Being an MPV, the GKUI head unit now comes with a “children” mode that automatically sets the air-conditioning and volume, closes the windows and plays children’s songs for the comfort of the little ones. Whether or not this is useful is up to you to decide, but we think it’s a thoughtful addition nonetheless.

The Jiaji can be configured several ways – a six-seater with 2+2+2 seating, or seven-seater with 2+2+3 or 2+3+2 setup. As seen in the video above, the second row gets captain’s chairs with special “sleep” headrests, much like what you get with a massage chair. Other features include a large panoramic sunroof, active noise cancellation and an AQS air purification system.

Under the bonnet, base models are powered by a 1.5 litre three-cylinder turbo making 174 hp and 255 Nm, and this engine is matched to either a six-speed manual or seven-speed dual-clutch automatic. One rung up is the 1.8 litre four-cylinder turbo, which produces 181 hp and 300 Nm of torque. This is paired with a six-speed torque converter automatic transmission.

FIRST LOOK: 2019 Geely Jiaji – next Proton MPV?

Lastly, the plug-in hybrid version gets an electrified 1.5 litre engine (it’s assisted by an electric motor) that produces a total system output of 255 hp and 385 Nm. This one consumes just 1.6 litres of fuel per 100 km, has a 56 km all-electric range and can be charged in 90 minutes through a fast charging station.

In terms of safety, the Jiaji is offered with Level 2 semi-autonomous driving features such as Intelligent Cruise Control (ICC) and Lane Keep Assistant (LKA). Also available is Automated Park Assist (APA), Autonomous Emergency Braking (AEB) with pedestrian detection, Lane Change Assistant (LCA), Blind Spot Detection (BSD), Speed Limit Identification (SLIF), Rear Collision Warning (RCW) and Rear Cross Traffic Alert (RCTA).

The Jiaji is set to arrive on Malaysian shores in 2020 as a Proton as part of a licensing agreement with the national carmaker, which has since spawned the X70 and which will also result in a B-segment SUV based on the Binyue. What do you think? Comment, below!

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Comments

  • (Like) Geely Jiaji
    (Dislike) Hyundai Santa Fe and Hyundai Kona

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    • Geely Jiaji ftw

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    • Ais kacang on Jun 04, 2019 at 12:47 pm

      Geely Jiaji or Hyundai Santa Fe and Hyundai Kona. An easy choice actually. First is a China car and the second are Korean cars. Korean cars have been proven as a game changers in terms of reliability, quality and design. China cars have been proven bad because of it’s quality. So the best choice is Hyundai Santa Fe and Hyundai Kona

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    • EDITOR on Jun 04, 2019 at 4:12 pm

      Do you even need to ask? Geely of course! Paul Tan office has 2 users of X70 while only 1 for Hyundai.

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      • EDITO R j on Jun 04, 2019 at 6:15 pm

        Paul Tan office also have so many Perodua cars. I’m Proud of Paul Tan staffs because they know Perodua cars are game changers

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        • Darren on Jun 07, 2019 at 2:57 pm

          Err no. Paul Tan crew doesn’t have any Perodua cars as their main rides AFAIK. As mentioned, they do have Protons…..

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        • EDITOR on Jun 07, 2019 at 7:22 pm

          Slander is no good, rightly so when Paul Tan and the gang have shown us what cars they drove and none are Perodua. So do you have any other prove to back up that lie?

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        • Syok sendiri. I hope you feel good being a troll.

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  • contender on Jun 03, 2019 at 7:50 pm

    Well Done Geely …. finally Proton is turning around

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  • Ayamas on Jun 03, 2019 at 8:06 pm

    New Proton MPV is better than Alza and Aruz

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    • deathspank on Jun 06, 2019 at 11:41 am

      Perodua Aruz is SUV la….

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      • Darren on Jun 07, 2019 at 2:59 pm

        A jacked up MPV is now an SUV? Yeah sure, only fansies and Perodua salespeople will believe that.

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  • Nasi lemak on Jun 03, 2019 at 8:10 pm

    The real game changing replacement for the game over Exora. After 30 years in automotive industry, Proton should be able to make a new generation for the Exora. Unfortunately until today only can rebadge cars so the next generation Exora is this China MPV.

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    • Nasi kangkang on Jun 04, 2019 at 12:06 pm

      At least Proton have built cars on its own, unlike the other national carmaker rebadging non-stop from the start to now. And another thing is Geely gives Proton the latest models while the other national carmaker is only dumping ground for old models and techs.

      Like or Dislike: Thumb up 46 Thumb down 6
      • Moyonglarrrr on Jun 04, 2019 at 5:50 pm

        Ya p1 built own car that cannot sell well, then what happen? Almost bunkrup, end up rebadging made in cheena car oso. Learn wat from there? Learn rebadging oso.

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        • English Teacher on Jun 07, 2019 at 3:01 pm

          It’s better to try and fail, than to copy and pass. You learn from failures, what does copying like Perodua learn anything?

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      • Abdul Samad Abdullah on Jun 06, 2019 at 12:31 pm

        As long as most Malaysia consumer like it that way and like the car very much and car producer can make tons of money… that’s what matters anyway in business

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    • rebadger on Jun 04, 2019 at 2:02 pm

      P2 and rebadging berpisah tiada

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    • ploton hahaha on Jun 04, 2019 at 9:00 pm

      Better rebadge lo,otherwise that stupid company will keep on asking loan for bail out due to persistent failure. Why bother if they become trojan horse for geely? They are stupid anyway so any stupid ideas, design will unlikely to save the company. If u ask the local management they’ll always comes out with fuel consuming stupid campro with timing belt and two airbags across all models. Let the chink do their job

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      • ryber on Jun 07, 2019 at 10:16 pm

        Butthurt to see China car is much better than your stupid jap car

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  • Korean Fan on Jun 03, 2019 at 8:16 pm

    The game changing Proton M70 MPV

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  • john doe on Jun 03, 2019 at 8:16 pm

    Wake up, all this CBU means…Proton is worst then thse German CKD that provides local assembling job, its just change logo and become a Master Dealer for Geely. Wake up.
    We heart Geely CKD IN MALAYSIA for looong time and never happen! contributing to their GDP, not Malaysia at all.

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    • Don’t be daft, kid. The CKD will come soon after the CBU localisation. The reason why CBU was launched ahead was due to painstaking and time consuming process of setting up Tanjung Malim line for CKD. Look at X70, if it weren’t launched earlier as CBU then Perodua Aruz would have stolen the limelight with its quicker to market, made in Indonesia body. It’s not so straightforward like playing with Lego.

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    • X70 CKD confirmed for this year.

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    • rally_fan (Member) on Jun 04, 2019 at 3:21 pm

      dont you read the news? proton already announced when ckd operations will start.. they are building new upgrades and buildings in tg.malim to manage new models.

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  • besiege on Jun 03, 2019 at 8:22 pm

    Much better than odyssey, alpahrd, vellfire, estima, serena etc

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  • macai on Jun 03, 2019 at 8:29 pm

    good of coz….even if the pricing was <120k ish, it is a superb "upclass" to Exora.

    the 1.5 and 1.8 variant would probably be here as the parts share with X70 and soon?..X50.

    bye bye to Jap cars.
    especially 250k++ Al-farts.

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  • Saywhat on Jun 03, 2019 at 8:29 pm

    Failure if launch in bolehland. Gonna be next cherry mpv.

    Like or Dislike: Thumb up 11 Thumb down 41
    • People said the same thing about X70. Guess what happened?

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    • rally_fan (Member) on Jun 04, 2019 at 3:19 pm

      thats what you said about the X70 also right? ;)

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    • Gamie_Changer on Jun 04, 2019 at 5:48 pm

      X70 soon to be failure. Aruz catching up to 25k booking received since January 2019. But x70 only 30k since Oct 2018. If Aruz booking period started Oct 2018 as x70, Aruz already 40k booking. Think abt it. Lols.

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      • Even if it did Aruz bookings catch up, X70 priced more expensive than Aruz what, meaning their revenue earned from sales still higher than Aruz even if the bookings exceeded Proton’s

        Besides, comparing bookings between companies isn’t a good comparison between businesses to begin with since the net profit from each products not the same anyways.

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  • Brian on Jun 03, 2019 at 8:42 pm

    (Like) Geely Jiaji.
    (Dislike) Nissan Serena

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  • Henry on Jun 03, 2019 at 8:43 pm

    Future Protons from Geely will make the current models look archaic.

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  • That blue sedan is distractingly good looking

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  • Outalingam Crap on Jun 03, 2019 at 9:01 pm

    Matt, please get your dimension(s) right, first and foremost – the Jiaji’s length is not near 4.8m but only 4.709m which is pretty much identical to the recently-launched new BMW 3 series and talk about the identical body length of those 2 cars and one only ferries 5 and the other ferries up to 7 adults, I think it’s gonna be a whopping amazing comparison in terms of price versus practicality, at the end of it all – and I strongly sense that the Jiaji could well be slated above the Exora lineup in the future and not being the Exora’s direct successor

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  • Kipidap on Jun 03, 2019 at 9:01 pm

    This is one very beautiful and good vehicle with great value

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  • Never has any Proton new model story been so exciting to follow.

    National car or not, depending on one’s perspective, their move to partner with Geely is the right one, this time round.

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  • Max291 on Jun 03, 2019 at 10:29 pm

    The PHEV can only be charged via external charger? Not like current version Prius?

    Like or Dislike: Thumb up 1 Thumb down 4
    • You know what is PHEV?

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      • Tau takpe on Jun 04, 2019 at 7:41 pm

        Orang komen, dia pun sibuk nak komen jugak. Tapi tulah kurang ilmu di badan namun masih ingin berlagak pandai.

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  • Nice car..

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  • VeCtOrIaN on Jun 03, 2019 at 11:57 pm

    I really really wish this was available right now… zomg such a gorgeous beauty.

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  • DOTSNEK on Jun 03, 2019 at 11:59 pm

    Damn that torque

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  • Phaser on Jun 04, 2019 at 1:00 am

    Family mpv upgrade from used Toyota estima ,

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  • As long as no campro & punch cvt, it should be ok.. Campro? Punch cvt? Eeeuuwwww!

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  • Geely, P1, Mesidis, VolvoCar, Volvo Trucks, Lotus, L&C, Polestar, SMART > all

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  • ManUniversal on Jun 04, 2019 at 7:37 am

    If the price and quality are right, it should be a best seller just like Proton X70!

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  • Efeso on Jun 04, 2019 at 8:18 am

    Cant wait to replace my wife’s 2008 exora

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  • SK, Lim on Jun 04, 2019 at 8:21 am

    After reading the equipment list and watching the review, I am very confident this Jiaji is worthy to inherit the legacy and continue the legendary journey of Exora, Malaysia’s most favourite MPV.

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  • Kennee W. on Jun 04, 2019 at 8:25 am

    When it arrives in Malaysia, Proton will again claim that the MPV’s design is inspired by the wau and harimau. After the obligatory reworking of the grill and bumpers, of course.

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  • Hasnan on Jun 04, 2019 at 8:33 am

    The 1.5 turbo would be a winner

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  • This looks a lot better than current Exora… If from existing Exora to this looks like a huge upgrade.

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  • autodriver (Member) on Jun 04, 2019 at 9:23 am

    Okay, this one caught my eyes. I saw the review through Youtube and this Jiaji consider big size. What I hope is the price should similar or lower than X70 as in China Jiaji price is smilar to Boyue (aka X70) and the top spec is cheaper for Jiaji. The 7 speed DCT is wet type and should have no issue with our weather and traffic condition.

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  • lawrence on Jun 04, 2019 at 9:27 am

    2020? i am excited! However, most predicted it would not touch down Malaysia before 2020 as it is now a hot cake in China market. Supply is short over demand. Mostly, it would only come in after fulfill China market like X70. Plus, Proton just launched new facelift Exora MPV. Unless, Proton Malaysia confirms it would be here in 2020.

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  • alldisc on Jun 04, 2019 at 9:41 am

    The exora is a good car. It started with 125bhp engine, later 137bhp turbo. The car is super spacious with more than enough headroom, legroom and shoulder room. However over its life span if 10 years only malaysian ppl.bought exora in huge numbers. Not indonesia, not egypt, not chile, not australia or UK. Honestly i dont know what to expect with this new exora.

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  • Sattian Kollanthavelu on Jun 04, 2019 at 9:47 am

    Hey dude, 7 seater means you need to review the last row as well. Thats the whole point of 7 seater

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    • autodriver (Member) on Jun 05, 2019 at 6:21 pm

      You can go YouTube to see the review. It probably only in Mandarin at the moment.

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  • Proton owner on Jun 04, 2019 at 9:59 am

    Hopefully this will cone true

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    • ThAboIt on Jun 12, 2019 at 10:44 pm

      You should know that this model is part of agreed future proton models after the X70. This will probably cone after BinYue(X50)

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  • abc123 on Jun 04, 2019 at 10:12 am

    Binrui (X50) or MPV will come to Malaysia first in 2020?

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    • ThAboIt on Jun 12, 2019 at 10:50 pm

      Binrui is a sedan. Binyue is the one rumoured to be X50 and from previous news it seems like X50 is coming first.

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  • Kascy on Jun 04, 2019 at 10:38 am

    love the article info, love the design, love this model, but somehow the price range won’t match Exora, will be much higher i guess. Can’t afford for a middle income family.

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  • jeffkl on Jun 04, 2019 at 10:45 am

    A lame copy of the Ford S-Max side and rear…sorry Proton….I mean Geely

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  • What a transformation proton have been in just a short time. I still remember in the early days how the proton basher critisize proton with slogan like Selling malaysia to China and made in China car poor quality stuff. But look at the level that Geeley have bring to Proton now. I think all those basher have quiten down now while screatly booking for Proton car.

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    • They still criticise bro. But now their bollocks rings more hollow and sounds more fearful as Proton reaps each and every success. Even legacy models r having a new breath of life and pipu r belip P1 everyday more and more.

      Dread it, run from it, destiny still arrives!

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  • krsdy on Jun 04, 2019 at 11:27 am

    haha if Geely sell here with their brand no one buys saying its China car (e.g. Haval, Chery) once put Proton logo than game changer la beautiful la value for money la bla bla bla, i don’t get this kind of junk mind.

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    • Haval and Chery how many 3S and 4S centres? Proton have how many? Don’t say other people’s junk mind when yourself closed your mind.

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  • Henry Tang on Jun 04, 2019 at 12:04 pm

    I’ll take the 4-cylinder 1.8T.

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  • Proton become Geely Malaysia..If you know the differences

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  • drMpower on Jun 04, 2019 at 1:29 pm

    Please change the second row door into a sliding one
    Even better going in / out

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  • Sgt Scoop on Jun 04, 2019 at 2:40 pm

    Fair play to Geely. Their cars have come on in leaps and bounds over the past ten years.

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  • Dinsang33 on Jun 04, 2019 at 3:15 pm

    Kenapa perlu dgn china?
    Habis la malaysia punya kereta..dah d chinakan
    Semua nak bagi pada china..malaysia tinggal apa?
    China nak kuasai malaysia melalui ekonomi
    Habis la lps ni proton..jadi ploton…

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    • Jangan sempit fikiran on Jun 04, 2019 at 7:48 pm

      Habis tu? Lebih baik dijepunkan, itu yang kau nak cakap kan? Hei, sebelum Geely tak ada satupun partner2 jepun yg ikhlas nak tolong Proton. Semuanya cuma fikirkan mcm mana nak kaut keuntungan dgn memberi teknologi2 lapuk.

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  • Pakulupapito on Jun 04, 2019 at 4:02 pm

    It is great but sad at the same time. Geely is slowly replacing all those proton model with their own.

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  • PlainBS on Jun 04, 2019 at 5:39 pm

    This is the reason why you can’t buy Exora

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  • Fafau80 on Jun 04, 2019 at 9:30 pm

    Wow, this will be a boom for Proton. Look a like R350. Will test drive once launched.

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  • Yoden on Jun 05, 2019 at 12:51 am

    After owning a x70. Now I can’t wait to buy this MPV. If possible I will book now straight away! Thanks Proton for offering such beauty to us. Proton, Now everybody can drive (with style).

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  • STLim (Exora owner) on Jun 05, 2019 at 7:53 am

    It’s look, specifications, etc. all seem good. If not over price, sure will have lot of followers.

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  • Unleb on Jun 05, 2019 at 6:11 pm

    By 2020, my current exora is 5 YO. give it one more year for the loan to break even and establish goods/bads reviews for this jiaji model, by then i will decide..hwa hwa hwa..will see

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  • Elly MS on Jun 06, 2019 at 10:49 am

    First of all, this is a MPV (Why compared it wth Hyundai SUV – knw th difference)
    Second, it would be great if it had a Sliding Doors for rear passenger.
    3th, hope we get th full Panoramic sunroof

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  • selvy on Jun 08, 2019 at 5:51 pm

    its rival to Ford S-Max selling in Malaysia. Similar dimension, configuration (S-Max is much faster with 240hp 340nm – same engine as Evoque/Focus ST), mostly equal premium spec. and i bet handling far better. its fastest MPV on the market btw.

    advantage over s-max is its used unit rm50k-60k+- due to low rv, much worthy to buy. maintenance wise just the same like other ford i think

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  • Spec very good on paper

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  • Geely Hao Yue as X90 pleaaassseeeeee

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