Over in China the Geely Binyue Pro also known as the Coolray locally has been released with a new power plant and transmission option and a couple of minor upgrades. The crossover still retains the same body shape and style but does come with a new set of blacked-out 18-inch wheels and a new rear diffuser. On top of this, it also comes with a new powerplant that is said to close the gap for the Chinese market between the 1.0-liter and the 1.5-liter engines.
The new power option comes in the form of a 1.4-liter turbocharged 4-cylinder engine. The new motor is said to be lifted from the Emgrand GL sedan and comes with two different tunes. The first tune makes a bit more power coming in at 139hp and 235 Nm of torque. The second option comes with 131hp and 215 Nm of torque. Both configurations can be had with either a 6-speed manual transmission or a 6-speed DCT.
If Geely Philippines were to bring in the 1.4-liter engine and the manual transmission it could make for an interesting situation. Since two tunes are available for the 1.4-liter powerplant Geely has a bit of wiggle room to choose between the two. Despite the new engine option being turbocharged, it does come with less power than the 1.5-liter 3-cylinder. This makes it ideal for an entry-level variant that can come with the 6-speed manual transmission, thus making the price more accessible.
It is important to note, however, that the 1.5-liter 3-cylinder engine is a shared power plant as the Azkarra also utilizes the engine for its model line. As such importing parts could be easier for the company as all its vehicle models share the same engine. If Geely has plans for a more fuel-efficient Coolray it could also bring in the hybrid variant instead. The Chinese brand has already showcased the hybrid variant of the Coolray before in its flagship showroom along with the Azkarra. While there is no official announcement from Geely Philippines yet about the new engine and transmission, if they were to bring it in, it would make for an interesting Coolray variant.
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