When Geely launched their Emgrand, Englon and Gleagle brands in 2010, China automotive watchers were in a state of confusion. What did Geely have to bring to the table under three new brands that they couldn’t deliver under the original and well established Geely brand? Geely went ahead with their three brand plan and knocked the wind out of the naysayers with the Emgrand brand which is gaining excellent sales with 5-star safety models and also with its Englon brand which replaced Maple as Geely’s economy manufacturer. Gleagle is likely to be taking Geely abroad, although Gleagle could potentially get the sack in favor of the Geely brand – which will be getting the boot from the Chinese market in the near future.
For 2011, the original Geely cars such as the Freedom Vessel (Zi You Jian) are moving over to the Gleagle or Englon brands, the below Gleagle has been codenamed CK-2 and is essentially a modified version of the Geely Freedom Vessel that will be exported to developing markets in 2011 onwards.
Sitting above the previously mentioned CK-2 will be the Gleagle GC7, a compact sedan that will be packing a 1.8L DVVT engine from Geely’s own line up. This sedan will measure in at (LxWxH) 4425mm x 1759 x 1470 and will have a wheelbase of 2600mm. The 1.8L 4G18 engine is Geely’s own engine and produces 138bhp and 172Nm of torque, a smaller 1.5L engine could be made available for the GC7 but rumors of a 2.0L diesel model are also circulating. 5 speed manual and six speed CVT gearboxes will also be available for the GC7.
The Englon SC5-RV hatch has only just launched and kicked some life into the Englon brand, but the SC5 sedan is on its way too and is expected to launch in the first quarter of 2011. The SC5 seems very similar to the Chevrolet Sail in terms of style, but it could be that Geely and GM were both looking to make a good looking car on a budget and came out with similar designs at the end of the day.
On the power front the Englon SC5 will only be getting a 1.5L engine which produces 94bhp (69kw) and has a max torque of 128Nm when mated to a 5 speed gearbox. An even more basic 1.3L engine with 86bhp (63kw) and 110Nm of torque is being made available too.
Geely’s first MPV: Gleagle GV5
The Gleagle GV5 has been code named CE-3 within Geely and is Geely’s first attempt at an MPV. The Chinese MPV market is an odd one with vehicles aimed at business and home use, although the GV5 will easily fall into the home use category within China.
This Englon SV5 will be Geely’s second MPV, but obviously under the Englon banner rather than the export Gleagle. Information on the SV5 is not exactly plentiful, we only know that it will be around 4.3m long and will have a wheelbase of around 2.7m and will be powered by a small 1.5L engine.
The Englon SC6 might be more memorable to you as the Geely King Kong but updated for 2011. The King Kong was one of Geely’s earlier attempts at producing a mid range sedan and really set the template for Geely’s introduction of the Emgrand series of sedans in early 2010.