Geely Nigeria launches Coolray SUV
Geely Nigeria, a partnership between Mikano International and Geely Global, has introduced a new high-tech and sporty compact Sport Utility Vehicle (SUV) model, named ‘Geely Coolray’.
Speaking at a media test-drive at the company’s assembly plant, in Ogun State, Marketing Manager, Karima Okunola, described the drive as a confirmation of Geely’s adherence to International Best Practice (IBP) of transparency and total product quality management alongside the official entry of the vehicle into Nigerian automotive market.
Okunola said with its launch, the CoolRay, becomes the coolest and most tech-filled, best in class crossover SUV on Nigerian roads.
According to her, the test drive was aimed at offering a personal experience to newsmen about the Coolray’s quality and advanced characteristics for onward reportage to the nation’s motoring public.
In her words: “The Coolray sports an impressive array of exceptional tech features and an innovative design built on Geely’s global- leading architecture – The B-Segment Modular Architecture (BMA)”. Interestingly, the car also comes with best in class ground clearance, making it ideal for Nigerian roads.”
She said the SUV is available for the Nigerian market in two trims, namely: Coolray Dynamic GS and Coolray Sport + GF.
The Coolray SUV contenders include, Honda HRV, Hyundai Creta and Nissan Kicks.
Exceptional Power and Performance
Mated to an ergonomic electronic shift gear, the new Coolray is powered by a 1.5L turbo-charged direct injection gasoline engine, which produces 177ps at 5,500rpm and can take the Coolray from 0 to 100km/h in 7.9 seconds.
Jointly developed with Volvo, the Coolray’s engine shares 90 per cent of Volvo’s powertrain suppliers, with the 7DCT developed mainly by Geely and adhering strictly to Volvo standards (Volvo Autos has been under Geely Holding Company’s ownership since 2010).
It not only comes with a distinct and striking aesthetic, it flaunts an athletic bodyline, chiseled LED daytime running lights (DRL) and a unique “expanding cosmos” grille, simply put, it’s an outstanding beauty to behold.
Driving the Coolray at night depicts an automotive light showcase with a bright 7inch configurable LCD instrument panel and ambient lights reflecting each of the cars three driving modes; red for Sport, Blue for Eco and Yellow for balanced or “normal” mode (this feature comes with the Sport+ trim only). Asides the 18-inch alloy wheels and dual-colour turbine inspired sports rims; the car comes with LED fog lights plus cornering lights, LED rear combination lights, LED side repeaters, License plate lights and more. The Sports plus GF model also showcases a 2-tone body, chrome window frames, metal luggage roof racks, carbon fiber side skirts and 4 functional chrome exhaust pipes.
Exceptional Comfort and Space
On the inside, this sporty crossover is surprisingly roomy, with ample head and leg room. Being inside the car, there is an air of confidence and style, especially with its ergonomically designed sporty bucket seats and numerous other intriguing details, including an Enveloping cockpit; inspired by the technology filled cockpit of a jet engine, brushed aluminum interior trim, 10.25 HD touchscreen infotainment system, leather finishing on dashboard and the D-shape sporty multi- function, leather wrapped steering wheel.
It is also equipped with six-way adjustable driver’s seat, front and rear adjustable headrests, front and rear tinted glass plus windscreen shade, digital Automatic Air-conditioner, Telescoping steering wheel, four-power windows, Electric Adjustable and heated mirrors for those humid rainy days, and lots more.
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