Geely Coolray officially launched in the Philippines – three 1.5L turbo variants; price starts from RM78,641

The Geely Coolray has been officially launched in the Philippines, where it is offered in a choice of three variants – Comfort, Premium and Sport. This comes a few months after Sojitz G Auto Philippines (SGAP) was appointed as the importer and distributor of Geely models in the country, and marks the second time the brand has entered the market, with the first being in 2011 (handled by AutoChina).

The Coolray is essentially the Binyue compact SUV that we’ve known for a while now, and for the Philippines market, all variants are powered by the same G-Power 1.5 litre turbocharged three-cylinder petrol engine.

The mill serves up 175 hp and 255 Nm of torque, with drive going to the front wheels via a seven-speed wet dual-clutch transmission. According to Geely, the Coolray will take 7.9 seconds to accelerate from zero to 100 km/h, and has a combined (city/highway) fuel consumption of 6.1 litres per 100 km.

Depending on the selected variant, the kit list includes projector halogen or LED headlamps, 17- or 18-inch wheels, fabric or leather upholstery, a panoramic sunroof, a 10.25-inch touchscreen infotainment system with QD Link Android connectivity, a seven-inch digital instrument cluster display and three driving modes (Normal, Eco and Sport).

Other features include a tyre pressure monitoring system and remote start, the latter allowing owners to turn on the engine and air-conditioning system to cool the cabin before entering.

All Coolray variants come with ESC, traction control, ABS with EBD, brake assist, hill start assist and hill descent control as standard, with the Sport also benefitting from a G-Pilot system that features semi-autonomous parallel and perpendicular parking with a touch of a button, along with an around-view monitor.

Pricing-wise, the range starts with the base Comfort variant that goes for 978,000 Philippine pesos (RM78,641), and is followed by the mid-spec Premium for 1,088,000 Philippine pesos (RM87,486) and the top-spec Sport for 1,198,000 Philippine pesos (RM96,331).

Closer to home, we’re still waiting for details about our own Binyue-based model from Proton, which many are referring to as the X50. Considering the Coolray is a fully-imported model in the Philippines, what do you think the compact SUV will be priced at when it is launched here?

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