All-new Geely Azkarra digital launch slated on May 30
Digital launches (of cars and most other things) will apparently continue to define the new, contactless, "gathering-less" normal. But, hey, at least we're getting our share of new vehicles.
This Saturday, May 30, continue to honor frontliners trying to fight off the COVID-19 pandemic, and be treated as well to the digital launch of the all-new Geely Azkarra compact SUV. Sojitz G Auto Philippines (SGAP), authorized distributor and service provider of Geely in the Philippines, now adds this vehicle to the previously launched Coolray in its portfolio.
Also known as the Geely Boyue, the vehicle actually goes by various names as it takes the Emgrand series and Proton brand badges depending on the territory where it is sold. The Azkarra that will make its way here is "is completely redesigned from its first-generation model (launched in 2016)," said Geely Philippines in a release.
Reported Geely Design China’s Vice President and General Manager Guy Burgoyne, “After listening to consumer feedback, we also wanted the user to have easier access to Azkarra’s technology and storage spaces by further refining our interior design... When it was first launched, it was given the nickname ‘the most beautiful SUV in China’ — with such high praise we knew we had to work harder on the second and third generations.”
Of note in the Azkarra is the mild hybrid technology on one of its two variants. Said SGAP President and CEO Mikihisa Takayama, “Right now, we see that the auto industry is gearing towards hybrid and electric vehicle technology as it becomes increasingly popular.”
The Azkarra's all-wheel-drive 48V EMS (Electric Motor Synergy) Luxury variant (priced at P1.598 million) is powered by a 1.5-liter turbocharged gasoline engine "complemented" by a 48V belt-starter generator (BSG), a 48V-12 DCDC converter, 48V lithium-ion battery module, and battery management system (BMS). It returns 190hp and 300Nm of torque, and enables the Azkarra to reach 100kph from standstill in less than 10 seconds.
Geely Philippines recently announced that all its vehicles (which now include units of the Azkarra) sold here are "already equipped with CN95 filters — designed to "filter out dust, harmful gases, particulate matter (PM) 2.5 particles, droplets with diameters larger than 0.74 microns which are often attached to coronaviruses."
The other variant of the Azkarra is the more affordable Premium trim (P1.438 million), which is front-wheel driven. Geely Auto Group CEO An Conghui described the Azkarra as a "an affordable luxury SUV. With its technological power, refined interior, healthy space, and safety features.”
By the way, people reserving until the end of July will get a P100,000 discount.
So, stay home this Saturday, and watch the show.
Photos from Geely Philippines
Upcoming Geely Azkarra will have N95 air filtration system