Geely is all set to launch its new X1 crossover, also known as the Emgrand Mini, in the Chinese car market. It will have its public debut at the Shanghai Auto Show in April 2017 and will be officially launched soon after.
The Emgrand Mini is based on the Geely Panda. The Panda which was actually designed to look like a Panda, was one of the vehicles that were supposed to be launched in Pakistan by 2007 but the company (SUS Motors) packed up its operations & left. Price of the 1.0 liter (68hp) Geely Panda in China ranges from 36,900 yuan (PKR 5.53 lac) to 49,900 yuan (PKR 7.48 lac).
The Emgrand Mini carries the same 1.0 liter engine that was available with the Panda while an electric version of the vehicle is on the way as well. The speculated price of the Emgrand Mini is between RMB 45,000 (PKR 6.81 lac) to RM 55,000 (PKR 8.33 lac).
The exterior design is very attractive. At front the car carries the Geely’s signature concentric grille design, with silver embellishments on bumpers and LED daytime running lights. At the rear there is a roof spoiler, rear antenna and silver accents on the bumper. The black roof, black wheel arches and roof rails complete the crossover look of the vehicle.
The interior is quite impressive as well. The two-color interior & two-color seats are coupled with a carbon textured dashboard. There is a digital speedometer, multi-function flat bottom steering wheel. The instrument panel is digital and the 10 inch LCD touch screen sits in the middle. There are orange accents everywhere inside, including the dashboard, steering wheel, seats, door trims etc.
Geely is in process of making a comeback in Pakistan but their website has been up again with a coming soon message since ages, an official announcement is yet to be made. Since there is a day & night difference between the Geely vehicles that were offered in Pakistan a decade ago versus the ones being produced these days, thanks to the Volvo influence, we expect to see better Geely vehicles to be introduced in Pakistan, including the Emgrand Mini, should they make a comeback.
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