Geely Has Apparently Decided to Rip Off the Design of the BMW X4 for its New Volvo XC40-Based Crossover Coupe
China has been known for putting out some outrageous knock-offs over the years. BMW seems to be a favorite of Chinese carmakers that can’t quite get around designing a car on their own. Geely seems to continue the trend in a more subtle manner with their latest crossover, the FY11.
No, this is not the facelifted BMW X4 or its big brother, the X6. This is, in fact, what Geely calls its most driver-focused car yet. It’s a coupe-bodied crossover, so the statement in itself is dubious, but it’s not as dubious as the variety of styling cues that basically tell us one thing: Geely’s designers watched too many BMW promotional videos before getting to the task of penning the FY11. It’s underpinned by the same platform as the XC40 from Volvo, and it will be followed by an all-electric sedan and an MPV as Geely looks to extend its range further.
Brand-new for the 2014 model year, the Geely MK-Cross is an entry-level crossover built on the same platform as the MK sedan and hatchback. Despite sharing underpinnings and most of its styling cues with the said automobile, which has soldiered on essentially unchanged since 2006, the MK-Cross sports a more modern design, a revised interior, and options otherwise not available with the MK. It comes with standard airbags — quite the novelty for Chinese cars — and a leather-wrapped steering wheel.
Its Chinese sticker would make it the cheapest production vehicle in the United States, even if it were to receive a host of additional upgrades to enable it to pass the NHTSA’s demanding safety tests. However, does it have what it takes to make an impact in one of the world’s largest crossover markets with stiff competition from Japanese manufacturers known for their reliability and safety? Keep reading to find out.
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Geely’s large lineup is punctuated with cars from several classes and sizes. One of its smaller models is a tiny five-door called the Panda. In 2010 Geely took that same platform, added some height to the suspension to create a small soft-roader called it the GX2. Rather than a full-on crossover, the GX2 is more of a rugged hatch similar in line to what Subaru used to do with the Impreza-based Outback Sport.
For a Chinese car, there is a fairly substantial set of safety equipment including special additions to enhance pedestrian safety. The overall style of the GX2 is more interesting than most, and its quirky face could appeal to a huge audience of younger buyers here in the states if Geely ever decided to move the model over. The driveline choices do leave a bit to be desired, but with an exterior length that is 10 inches shorter than a Nissan Juke, its small size will help make the most of the tiny powerplants.
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