The GC7 debuted to the world in 2012 and it is one of the newest cars manufactured by Chinese company Geely. According to Geely, the GC7 is a “high-performance business sedan” targeted squarely at the midsize market that is dominated by names like Accord, Camry, Jetta and more. The car was created to take on not only the Chinese domestic market, but the European market as well. With BYD targeting sales in the United States, Geely will surely follow suit.

The GC7 is the right size, has the right interior trim and technology,, and it features a collection of engine and transmission options that range from fuel efficient 1.5-liter units to larger and more powerful 2.4-liter engines. Transmissions include five and six-speed manuals, as well as a six-speed automatic.

The car has been doing decently in the Euro markets, but how would the GC7 fair on North American soil? We have collected all the relevant information about this mainstream sedan after the break to help come to a decision.

Click past the jump to read more about Geely GC7.

  • 2014 Geely GC7
  • Year:
    2014
  • Make:
  • Model:
  • Horsepower @ RPM:
    96 @ 6000
  • Torque @ RPM:
    97 @ 4500
  • Displacement:
    1.5 L
  • 0-60 time:
    18 sec.
  • Top Speed:
    102 mph
  • Price:
    10900
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Exterior

2014 Geely GC7 Exterior
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2014 Geely GC7 Exterior
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2014 Geely GC7 Exterior
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The actual shape is a very generic one that would be hard for most people to discern if the badges were removed.

Geely describes the exterior of the GC7 as “stylish” and even uses the phrase “perfect combination of technology and art.” I will say that the GC7 some interesting design details like the large “Eagle-Eye” headlamps, but it is far from stylish. The actual shape is a very generic one that would be hard for most people to discern if the badges were removed. In a segment that prizes conformity, this is not a bad thing, just one to take note of. If you want a car that stands out and helps provide an outward appearance of your personal tastes and preferences, this is not it.

There a few features that make the outside handsome however, like the small sculpting line that runs at the lower side of the profile, the chrome grille, and the leaf-shaped fog lamps. The rear end does look a little disproportionate with its overly large taillamps that look like they were swiped from an early 2000s S-Class.

Exterior Dimensions

Length 4,682 MM (184.33 Inches)
Width 1,739 MM (68.46 Inches)
Height 1,485 MM (58.46 Inches)
Wheelbase 2,602 MM (102.44 Inches)
Wheel tread (front/rear) 1,575/1,560 MM (62.00/61.414 Inches)
Minimum ground clearance 115 MM (4.527 Inches)

Interior

2014 Geely GC7 Interior
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2014 Geely GC7 Interior
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2014 Geely GC7 Interior
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The GC7 also sees the addition of silver metal-flake paint trim on the plastics of the center console and the door pulls.

The interior of the GC7 looks to be smartly designed in regards to ergonomics, storage capacity and passenger space. Like many of the Geely products, the car uses a two-tone interior color scheme that is tan on the bottom with a black dash, steering wheel and door panel trim. The GC7 also sees the addition of silver metal-flake paint trim on the plastics of the center console and the door pulls.

To make the car better for large cargo, the rear seats fold down to make a passageway to the trunk, and there is an available sunroof option for those who like a little more sunlight in their driving lives.

If you like less sunlight, The GC7 does have a rear window sunshade, which is a nice touch.

Drivetrain

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The lowest level engine is a1.5-liter four-cylinder with 96 horsepower.

The GC7 is currently on the market with a large collection of drivetrain options. In total there are six different configurations across four engines and three transmissions. The lowest level engine is a 1.5-liter four-cylinder with 96 horsepower. This engine only comes mated to a five-speed manual transmission. Geely doesn’t quote a 0-to-60 time, (hint: it’s probably a long time) but it says the car will reach a top speed of 102 mph. Eventually.

The next engine in the lineup is a 1.8-liter unit. This four-cylinder also comes only with the five-speed manual, but it sees horsepower jump by nearly 30 percent to 125. With that power bump, top speed increases to 114 mph, making this 1.8 the fastest of the GC7 family. Once again, Geely has given no quoted acceleration times.

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If you value speed and performance, make sure you choose one of the two manual transmission versions of this engine.

The most abundant engine in the family tree is the 2.0-liter four-cylinder. It is available in three configurations with either a five or six-speed manual transmission or a six-speed automatic. Regardless of your transmission choice, the engine produces 139 horsepower and 131 pound-feet of torque. If you value speed and performance, make sure you choose one of the two manual transmission versions of this engine. Both of those will see 60 mph arrive in 13 seconds; the automatic takes 18 seconds. The automatic 2.0 is also the slowest car in the entire GC7 lineup with a top speed of only 99 mph. The two manual models will clip 112 mph.

The largest and most powerful engine in the GC7 is a 2.4-liter unit that, once again, has four cylinders. This model arrives with 150 horsepower, 154 pound-feet of torque, and is sold exclusively with the six-speed automatic cog-swapper. Despite the extra power, the automatic still saps performance, and the 2.4 can only manage to equal the top speed and acceleration numbers of the manual-equipped 2.0 models. That means the same 13-second run to 60 mph and the same 112-mph top speed.

Drivetrain/Specifications

Model JL4G15 JL4G18 4G20 4G24
Output volume 1.498 1.792 1.997 2.375
Maximum power 96 HP @ 6,000 RPM 124 HP @ 6,200 RPM 139 HP @ 6,000 RPM 150 HP @ 5,700 RPM
Maximum torque 97 LB-FT @ 4,500 RPM 119 LB-FT @ 4,250 RPM 131 LB-FT @ 4,000-4,500 RPM 154 LB-FT @ 5,700 RPM
Top Speed 165 km/h (102 mph) 185 km/h (114 mph) 180 km/h (111 mph) 180 km/h (111 mph)
0 - 100 km/h (62 mph) - - 18 seconds 13 seconds

Prices

2014 Geely GC7 Exterior
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Current pricing for the GC7 (based on conversions from Chinese Yuan) comes in at $10,900 for the base car with the 1.5 and moves up to as much as $15,000 for the higher trim-level cars. With a price of $11k, the Geely GC7 may stand a chance in the market, but once it creeps up to that $15k mark, there are lot of great machines that can be purchased new from more reputable manufacturers here in the States.

Competition

Ford Fiesta

2014 Ford Fiesta High Resolution Exterior
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The Ford Fiesta may be a bit smaller than the Geely GC7, but with a base price of $13,800 it will be hard for buyers to ignore. It is available in both sedan and hatch body styles, comes with a 120 horsepower motor, it looks like a million dollars, and you can load with some of the most advanced tech in the segment.

If Geely can deliver one of the more powerful versions of the GC7 for a price in the $13,000 range, there will be a lot of incentive to pick one up over the Fiesta simply for the extra space, but if Geely only offers a model in the $15,000 or higher bracket, smaller cars like the Fiesta seems likely to stifle sales for the Chinese company.

Chevrolet Cruze

2014 Chevrolet Cruze High Resolution Exterior
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Once you get into the true segment of the GC7 here in the U.S. we have some really heavy hitters. The Chevrolet Cruze comes standard with a 1.8-liter engine that produces 138 horsepower, but also offers a 1.4-liter turbo or a 2.0-liter diesel engine. The Cruze also has one of the most handsome exteriors, as well as one of the best built interiors in the class.

That quality and power does come with a cost. The cheapest Cruze you can buy is $17,520. A far cry from the potential $11k price tag of a GC7 if Geely imported it. That said, Geely will need to dramatically increase its interior equipment and design if it hopes to compete on anything more than price when it comes to cars like the Cruze.

Conclusion

2014 Geely GC7 Exterior
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Like so many of the cars from Geely, there is a lot of promise but it is hard to see how the car will compete on American soil until it actually arrives. Every car company in the States has quickly improved the quality and equipment of every lower level car they sell. The GC7 will need to arrive with an unbelievable price tag or a ton of equipment and interior improvements without adding a lot of price. Both of those are lofty goals, even for a massive Chinese company like Geely.

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    • * Automatic transmission is beyond sluggish
    • * Not enough color options inside or out
    • * No mention of SatNav
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