At the Guangzhou auto show, Geely unveiled its Geely New Vision sedan, but despite its name, the new car shares few of the design cues used on the larger Peter Horbury-designed GC9.
Measuring 4.59 metres long, 1.47m tall and 1734mm wide, and sitting on a 2.6m wheelbase, the New Vision will duke it out in the Corolla class.
The New Vision, at least in China, is available with a standard six-speed manual transmission. The top-of-the-range model is equipped with Geely’s 1.3-litre turbocharged petrol engine. With 99kW of power and 185Nm of torque, the New Vision is said to drink 5.9L/100km.
Tech available on the New Vision includes a surround view camera system, push button start, keyless entry, dual airbags, ABS, elecronic brake force distribution and disc brakes all around.
The New Vision can also be had with a 7-inch touchscreen entertainment unit. Dubbed the G-Link Intelligent System, it can mirror Android and iOS smartphones, as well as act as 3G internet Wi-Fi hotspot.
Unlike the Geely GC9, which was unveiled earlier this year, the New Vision doesn’t appear to be an entirely new vehicle. As such, it doesn’t wear many of the styling themes established by Peter Horbury, such as the GC9’s concentric grille design and the upscale interior look.
Horbury, who was once styling chief for Volvo and Ford’s now defunct Premier Automotive Group, was appointed as Geely’s head of design in 2012 after the Chinese firm completed its takeover of Volvo.
The car will wear New Vision EC7 badges in China. When the car hits export markets in the Middle East and Asia it will be branded simply as the Geely GC7.