What you’re looking at here is not an updated version of the Geely Boyue, but a rather faithful recreation (or clone) of the SUV that forms the basis of the Proton X70. This is the Yema Bojun, which looks like it’ll fit in well with the phrase “imitation is the sincerest form of flattery.”
While some automakers in China are known to copy brands like Porsche and Land Rover, this is the first time we’re seeing one have a go at Geely’s SUV. According to CarNewsChina, the Bojun was previously known as the T60, and will be priced from 60,000-90,000 yuan (RM36,448- 54,672).
At first glance, it certainly looks like a Boyue, although there are some details that do try and create some discrepancy. The most obvious is at the front, where the “expanding cosmos” grille has been replaced with one that features horizontal slats instead, flanked by tweaked headlamps.
The lower apron is different on the Bojun, as it has a rather prominent trim piece that nearly spans the entire width of the bumper, looping around at the corners. There’s also a faux skid plate at the front and a larger intake, both being absent on the Boyue.
Along the sides, we’re finding it hard to spot a difference between the original and the copy, but if you look closely at the creases near the door handles, you’ll notice those on the Bojun are a lot more pronounced compared to the Boyue.
What else? Well, the rear also has a chrome trim piece linking the taillight clusters, although they really go the distance on the Bojun. Elsewhere, the tailgate is shaped differently to better frame the license plate, while the exhaust outlets are more squarish.
Despite the visual similarities, the Bojun is actually smaller than the Boyue, measuring 4,360 mm long, 1,830 mm wide, 1,680 mm tall and with a 2,550 mm wheelbase. By comparison, the Boyue is 4,519 mm long, 1,831 mm wide, 1,694 mm tall and with a 2,670 mm wheelbase.
If the exterior is a little lacking in imagination, the interior tells a different story. The dashboard layout is completely different here, with air-con vents placed beside the touchscreen infotainment system rather than above it like in the Boyue. The air-conditioning system is also operated via a touch-sensitive panel instead of dials and buttons.
Further down, the centre console is completely different from the Boyue, as there is a small storage cubby just ahead of the gear lever and exposed cupholders, with the electronic parking brake and brake hold switchgear located just beside the latter. Yema’s creation also has a smaller steering wheel boss compared to the Boyue, although the digital instrument cluster is another nod to the source material.
Engine options include a 1.5 litre naturally-aspirated petrol unit with 112 hp paired with a five-speed manual, and a turbocharged 1.5 litre that gets a CVT instead.