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Future Models — 2011 EX7

Fresh Geely SUV for Australia

On the list: Chinese Geely’s EX7 compact SUV — seen as the Gleagle GX718 in Shanghai last year is under consideration for Australian

Chinese RAV4 rival on list for Australian Geely

2 July 2010

CHINESE Geely’s first SUV, the EX7, is in the sights of Geely’s importer, Perth-based Chinese Distributors.

The Toyota RAV4-sized SUV – due to hit the Chinese market within the few weeks after being in production form at April’s motor show – is likely to the fourth Geely model in the line-up after the brand its local roll-out from September this year.

No date has been confirmed for the but owner of the Australian Geely Perth businessman and multi-franchise car John Hughes, has confirmed to that the vehicle is being for Australia.

“Yes, it is on the cards for us, but I give you any timing yet,” he

The five-door EX7 – first revealed at the Shanghai motor show as the concept and now being launched Geely’s Emgrand sub brand – is on the same mid-sized platform spawned the EC7, which is in the pipeline for Australian launch in

Both offer a 102kW petrol four-cylinder engine, but reports suggest the EX7 will have 106kW 2.0-litre and 100kW 2.0-litre diesel

An Australian-designed Drivetrain Systems six-speed automatic transmission to be in Geely’s new transmission factory now construction in China will an alternative to the standard manual by the time the vehicle is set for export to

Two-wheel-drive and four-wheel-drive variants be offered in China, along seating for up to seven people in rows.

From top: Emgrand EX7 SUV, Geely LC Geely EC7, Geely MK.

The car to be unashamedly based on the RAV4, almost identical dimensions and styling lines and suspension Unlike the RAV4, the EX7’s wheel is tucked away, not off the rear door.

In China, the EX7 is bigger than compact SUVs from the car-makers, such as the Chery and will go head to head the locally-made RAV4 and Honda

In Australia, it would not be the first SUV on the market, as Great Wall already offers the bigger, 4-Runner-based 2.4-litre X240.

Mr who was instrumental in the introduction of Hyundai to in the 1980s, said that some delays in the ADR process – need a lot of patience in this – Geely was still on target to the first Chinese passenger car in showrooms.

Toyota EX-7

He said the 1.5-litre 70kW/128Nm Geely MK light – originally touted for local in May and then mid-year – was now expected to in September or October.

This would beat the car from rival Chery – by Sydney-based Ateco – by about a

The Geely MK, however, will be rolled out in Western Australia before being extended to the states in 2011.

Mr Hughes his only concern with the MK was the of an automatic transmission alternative to the manual gearbox at launch, but hoped to address that as as possible.

In other markets, a auto variant is offered, but has been ruled out for Australia, due to severe shortages of such in the Chinese domestic market.

As GoAuto has reported, Geely’s of Australia’s automatic transmission DSI has given the company badly access to modern auto technology for both front and cars.

Just a year acquiring the Australian company, it has ground on a new plant to built DSI transmissions a year, Shandong Transmission Co.

It is unclear, however, if the DSI is suitable for the MK, as the Aussie transmission if to be designed for 1.8 to 2.5-litre engine

Mr Hughes said his company was to have prototypes of two other models already confirmed for – the LC Panda mini-car and the EC7 mid-sizer – in by the end of the year in readiness for a 2011

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