Ever since Geely acquired Volvo 10 years ago, its progress in the automotive field has been nothing short of spectacular. Technology sharing has played a crucial role for the Chinese giant, and the upcoming Geely FY11 will take that synergistic relationship to another level.
What you see here is Geely’s new coupe SUV, codename FY11. It’s not officially on sale yet, but we know that the sporty five-seat SUV will ride on Volvo’s Compact Modular Architecture platform (a first for Geely), one that underpins the impressive Volvo XC40. We find the chassis to be very well-rounded, so there’s no doubt the FY11 will use that to its advantage.
We don’t know much about the FY11, save for the fact that it will utilise a 2.0 litre turbocharged four-cylinder engine that makes 235 hp and 350 Nm of torque. As per the XC40, the FY11 will be available with front- and all-wheel drive configurations. In any case, the FY11 will be the most driver-centric model yet.
Design-wise, the FY11’s front fascia gets a sleeker version of Geely’s expanding cosmos grille, which also features a chrome strip at its base to link the “arrow-inspired” headlamps. Other details include a wide lower intake and prominent contour lines on the bonnet. The red and grey models seen here ride on 19-inch dual tone alloys.
The rear of the FY11 features slim tail lights with a lighting signature that draws inspiration from the Chinese fan, a styling element also found on the Borui GE. Like the front, a chrome strip links the two clusters, with Geely script.
Inside, the interior design places similar emphasis on the person behind the wheel. The driver gets a flat-bottom steering wheel and digital instrument panel, and the door cards are designed based on the traditional art of origami folding.
In the middle, the dashboard features an asymmetric design and the large integrated infotainment screen adopts a “flying wing” design that is angled slightly towards the driver. The dual layer dash gets a chrome strip that outlines the centre dash, and the use of matte black surfaces help create a unique three-dimensional visual effect.
As for the centre tunnel, one will find an airplane throttle-styled shifter and metallic handrails. Like the screen, these are also tilted slightly towards the driver. Ambient lighting can be found on the doors and central tunnel. The seats, meanwhile, are inspired from race car bucket seats (but prioritises comfort) and the headrests are designed based on those found in first-class airline cabins.