- Geely Auto launching most connected intelligent SUV to date, Azkarra in second half of 2019
- Azkarra represents a comprehensive upgrade from the original products in terms of intelligence, design, and power.
2019 July 08. Hangzhou, China. Geely Auto’s (Geely) newest and most intelligent SUV to date, the Azkarra was fully unveiled to the public at a design seminar in Hangzhou.
Speaking at the design seminar, head of Geely Design China, Guy Burgoyne said “We had to go even further than the original class-leading versions, which was known for the “three G’s”. Good to use, Good performance, and Good intelligence. The Azkarra has evolved in all dimensions, conveying greater confidence with an ever evolving design language. This new model is an upgrade in all aspects, confidently redefining the segment for a lifestyle inspired premium SUV.”
The Azkarra comes with a 1.5TD turbo direct injection engine matched to either an Aisin 6-speed automatic transmission or 7-speed dual-clutch transmission. Both powertrain combinations meet the stringent Euro 6 emission standards. The 1.5TD engine was jointly developed by Geely and Volvo, offering a a maximum power of 132kW and max torque of 265 N•m. The 7DCT transmission has an efficiency of 97%, helping reduce fuel consumption by 1L per 100km over the original versions. The Aisin 6-speed automatic transmission is widely used in high-end models featuring fast shift response and reduced fuel consumption.
The Azkarra upgrade in technology is matched with a more mature design combining modern Chinese aesthetics with a technology orientated approach. The Azkarra’s front fascia was given a more aggressive look with a raised hood and a more pronounced grill. Geely’s iconic Expanding Cosmos grille has grown larger, more pronounced, and impactful. The Expanding Cosmos grille is flanked by accentuated deep-set intelligent LED headlamps. The signature “Leaping Cat” design influence seen in the original versions stance and proportion now holds its head higher, prouder, more confident. Deep functioning air intakes stretches across the exaggerated horizontal width, enhancing the SUV aerodynamic performance.
From the rear quarter, the Azkarra’s design clean and logical featuring Geely’s distinctive chrome strip that stretches towards the outer edges into the rear lamps. The three-dimensional Chinese fan inspired twisting rear lamps perfectly represent the combination of technology and culture.
After listening to consumer feedback from across our global markets, Geely has moved to lower the load height of the rear tailgate, giving more space to users and allowing for easier loading and unloading of personal items.
The interior of the Azkarra has been made more spacious with a harmonious and elegant design. Air vents stretch from both sides of the instrument panel and push into the doors, enhancing the perceived transverse space. Fluid interlacing layers fold and twist to help enhance visual depth throughout the cabin. The most eye-catching feature is the two HD central infotainment panel and full LCD instrument panel which seamlessly integrate into the high tech dashboard with ambient lighting that emulate wood grain textures.
The new Azkarra is a comprehensive upgrade in terms of design, intelligence, and power, opening the door to the 5G “Internet of Everything” era. The model represents Geely Auto’s determination to be the leader of intelligent connected vehicles. The model will be fully launched later in the quarter. Pre-sale booking for the Azkarra has opened in the Chinese market.