G eely, the parent company of Volvo, Lotus and Lynk & Co, as well as shareholders at Daimler, opens up the minivan segment. With the Jia Ji MPV, the Chinese are presenting a nicely styled five-door model that is visually not far from the concept study presented by Geely at the 2017 Shanghai Motor Show. With its flat front, the show car already dissolved the one-box design typical of a van. With its narrow headlights and the many refracting edges and beads in the sheet metal cladding, the production car also looks modern, the chrome edge around the window surfaces gives it a high-quality appearance.
Digital, driver-oriented interior
Inside the impression goes away. The 12.3-inch screen in the center of the dashboard is framed by piano lacquer. The instruments are digital, the cockpit itself is driver-oriented and only has a few buttons and buttons. In the area of the automatic selector lever, the center console rises slightly forwards, and underneath there is a second level as a storage compartment. Behind it there is a turn /reset button and another storage compartment. The photos show two driving modes (Eco and Sport) and illuminated cup holders that can both warm and cool. The control unit on the roof is framed by ambient light and reacts to movement: If a hand approaches, the area becomes lighter so that you don't have to feel the switches in the dark.
When it comes to seat configuration, Geely customers have a choice. The Jia Ji MPV comes either as a six-seater with a 2 + 2 + 2 arrangement or with seven seats (either 2 + 2 + 3 or 2 + 3 + 2). As the photos show, there is at least a panoramic roof windowOption.
Hybrids with a 1.5-liter engine and a 1.8-liter petrol engine
Geely also uses multiple tracks for the drives. There is a conventionally powered version with a 1.8-liter turbo gasoline engine that produces 184 hp and a maximum torque of 300 Newton meters. The manufacturer combines the engine with a six-speed automatic. There is also a 1.5-liter turbo gasoline engine with a seven-speed dual clutch transmission, which is available in a 48-volt mild hybrid version and as a plug-in hybrid. The former has 190 hp, offers a maximum of 300 Newton meters and is said to consume 5.9 liters per 100 kilometers. The PHEV is equipped with an 11.3 kilowatt hour battery and plays the role of the top model; it develops 190 kW /258 hp and delivers a maximum torque of 385 Newton meters. The standard consumption should be 1.6 liters. Geely does not mention a purely electric range.
The Geely Jia Ji MPV will go on sale in spring 2019. The manufacturer has not yet given any prices.