The exterior of the Geely GC9, the brand’s first car shaped by its ex-Volvo design director, Peter Horbury, has been revealed in full.
This latest step in the GC9’s slow reveal has occurred a week ahead of the car’s full launch on December 14 at Beijing’s Water Cube, which played host to the 2008 Olympics’ swimming and diving events.
Under the direction of Peter Horbury, Geely’s design centres in Gothenburg, Sweden; Barcelona, Spain; Shanghai, China; and Los Angeles, USA are all said to have played their part in the look of the GC9, which is the first car to sport the company’s new design language.
Horbury, prior to his recruitment to the head of Geely’s design department, was formerly the design chief of Volvo (1991-2002 and 2009-2012) and Ford’s North American arm (2004-2009); Volvo was purchased by Geely from Ford in 2010.
Under the bonnet, the GC9 buyers can opt for either a 2.4-litre four-cylinder naturally aspirated engine, a 1.8-litre direct injection turbo or a range-topping 3.5-litre V6.
All three engines are paired with a six-speed automatic transmission developed by Drivetrain Systems International (DSI), Geely’s wholly owned Australian transmission subsidiary. Geely bought DSI out of administration in 2009; DSI once provided locally built transmissions for the Ford Falcon.
According to Geely, the GC9 will achieve a five-star safety rating, with safety items extending to a full complement of airbags, automated emergency braking, blind spot monitoring, head-up display, lane departure warning and a surround-view camera system.
Top-spec GC9 models can be had with electric rear seat adjustment, multi-zone climate control with air purification system, parking sensors, and an electronic parking brake.