Earlier this week, exterior images revealed the Geely Jiaji for the first time, though not through official channels. Now, the automaker has finally released a photo set largely comprised of the vehicle’s interior, and also offered some initial details of its first global MPV, which will be launched in early 2019.
Designed by Geely’s Shanghai design studio, the Jiaji adopts the brand’s new “racing through space and time” design language as seen on the Borui GE and Binrui. Exterior design cues include an ‘expanding cosmos’ grille and meteor head lamps as well as a sculpted waistline and floating roof.
Dimension-wise, the Jiaji has previously been reported to measure in at 4,706 mm long, 1,909 mm wide and 1,664 mm tall, with a wheelbase length of 2,805 mm. The three-row Jiaji will be offered as a six- or seven-seater, in three seating configurations (2+2+2, 2+2+3 or 2+3+2) to meet different consumers’ needs.
The automaker says the front end of the interior is very much driver-focused, with highlights including a full-vision dashboard, a luxurious central control panel and a 12.3-inch floating widescreen infotainment display panel.
Aside from the glitzy presentation and tech, the MPV will have plenty of user-friendly features – novelties include a motion-activated ceiling light in the roof control console, which eliminates the need to search around for the light switch in the dark, as well as an intelligent cup-holder in the centre console area to heat-up or cool-down drinks, depending on that desired.
Powertrain options have also finally been revealed – there will be three variants offered at point of launch for the MPV, and two of these will feature the Geely/Volvo 1.5 litre turbocharged direct-injection engine in 48V mild hybrid (MHEV) and plug-in hybrid (PHEV) guise.
On the MHEV version, the 1.5 litre turbo and 48V BSG mild-hybrid powertrain combination offers 188 hp and 300 Nm in the way of output. As for the PHEV, the 1.5 litre turbo is paired with a motor, which is juiced by a 11.3 kWh lithium-ion battery – with power transferred to the wheels by a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission, the combination puts out 255 hp and 385 Nm.
The third is a regular petrol variant equipped with a 1.8 litre turbocharged direct-injection unit. In use on other Geely models such as the Emgrand GT and X7 Sport, the engine delivers 181 hp and 300 Nm and will be paired with a six-speed automatic transmission.
The Jiaji is set to make its way here in 2020 and will be badged as a Proton, as a replacement for the Exora. In September, it was reported that the national automaker had secured the use of intellectual properties (IP) and rights to manufacture and sell three Geely models. The Boyue, otherwise known as the Proton X70, is the first of these, and it will be followed by the SX11 SUV (the Binyue) in 2019 and the Jiaji in 2020.