A new Geely SUV has been teased ahead of a debut in its homeland later this year. Reports indicate that the new SUV will be badged as the NL-3, and will be sold under Geely’s Emgrand sub-brand in China.
Externally, the NL-3 wears a more restrained design than last year’s GC9 sedan, although both share the company’s new concentric grille pattern.
When the Geely NL-3 is unveiled in full, it will be roughly one year on from the debut of the GC9, the first all-new Geely to be styled by a team led by Peter Horbury, formerly the design chief at Volvo and Ford‘s Premier Automotive Group.
Unlike the GC9, however, the so-called NL-3 will be the first model to benefit from Horbury’s oversight from start to finish.
Geely claims that its design team, under Horbury’s direction, now numbers around 300 people spread over four studios throughout the world: California, USA; Barcelona, Spain; Shanghai, China; and Gothenburg, Sweden.
The company has yet to officially give any drivetrain details about the new SUV or provide any previews of its interior. Sources have indicated that the NL-3 will be available with a 1.8-litre petrol engine in both naturally aspirated and turbocharged guises, as well as a naturally aspirated 2.4-litre petrol.
Spy shots we’ve seen show that the NL-3’s dashboard will feature a high-end look, which is once again inspired by Chinese stone bridges. Along with expanses of realistic-looking wood, the cabin will also feature a centre tunnel that does a fair impression of the Porsche Cayenne‘s, including its hooped handle bars.
Car Advice spotted a left-hand drive prototype of the NL-3 in Melbourne in late April. It’s not known at this stage whether the company has any plans to expand its offerings in Australia.