..Compact SUV with exceptional technology and power
Mikano International; exclusive partner of Geely Autos in Nigeria last week launched Coolray, the latest addition, and most hi-tech and powerful crossover SUV in modern times. Globally recognized for its exceptional hi- tech and powerful features for comfort, safety and convenience, the Coolray is the crossover SUV that stands out in its category.
Its sporty persona is accentuated by sleek full LED day running lamps, an expanding Cosmos grille and a rear double spoiler with the “S” logo with Carbon Fiber finish accentuating the eye-catching exterior. It stands with 196mm ‘best- in- class’ ground clearance for a smoother ride on rough and uneven roads, the perfect match for Nigerian roads.
The interior highlights an enveloping cockpit with a smooth blend of comfort and technology. Standard soft black leather dashboard, ergonomic sporty seats with real stitching, 10.25-inch floating full HD touchscreen, reverse camera and sensors including the digital AC and LED fog lamps.
Others are the remote engine starter, 17 inch diamond cut alloy wheels and a full sports package (Turbo engine with 7 speeds automatic dual clutch transmission, red- highlight grille, sporty front & rear bumpers, carbon fiber finish lip spoiler and diffuser and side skirts and 4 functional chrome exhaust pipes).
The launched SUV which took place last week Thursday comes in two trims of Dynamic GS and Sport plus GF; was held at Geely Nigeria’s flagship showroom, Victoria Island Lagos with dignitaries like Cubana Chief Priest, Osita Iheme, (Pawpaw), Emmanuel Emenike; international footballer. Rebecca Nengi Hampson (Ex BigBrotherNaija and Mercy Eke, past winner BigBrother Naija.
At the launch event, it was revealed that a best-in-class 1.5-liter turbocharged GDI (gasoline direct injection) engine that produces 177 hp and 255 Nm of torque, which is almost double the power of all its class competitors in the Nigerian market, powers the Coolray.
This low-fuel-consumption (6.1km per liter) engine is connected to a 7-speed wet dual-clutch transmission. The engine, co- developed with Volvo (Geely Holdings have been the owners of Volvo autos, since 2010) shares 90% of Volvo power train suppliers and 10% of Volvo approved suppliers adhering strictly to Volvo standards.
It performed admirably in other markets, easily becoming a top-seller among the 5-seater subcompact crossover SUVs based on its design, performance and hi-tech offerings. With the launch in Nigeria, pricing for the Coolray was revealed to start from N13.5m for the Dynamic GS (financing plans are available), and are available in 5 body color options of white, silver, blue, orange and red (with 2 tone combination details.
From a Remote engine starter to an Electronic Parking Brake with Auto hold, the Coolray comes with hi-tech features for ease and convenience. The most intriguing of these is the G-pilot system that includes the automatic parking assistant (with levels of up to L2 Autonomous drive), Sensors and cameras around the car, for an extra sense of awareness and safety, Hill traction control, Cruise control and Blind spot detection.
The G-pilot system is complemented by the 10.25-inch color Full HD floating touchscreen infotainment system with a smart ecosystem that provides a real-time view of the car in 3D*, as well as an eagle- eye view* of the cars surroundings. The panel is also enabled with seamless connectivity and an easy to use multifunctional digital control. This is supported by an exceptional soundstage, fully customizable sound system with true and pure surround sound.
Architecture and Powertrain
The Coolray is the premier model built on Geely’s signature B- Segment Modular Architecture (BMA). The BMA is Geely’s global- leading architecture that allows for flexible and dynamic production, enabling different vehicular styles to be built on this singular architecture. With the BMA, the Coolray can accommodate the latest and most advanced 1.5 Turbo GDI.
The 1.5 Turbo GDI, validated by Geely and Volvo, goes above and beyond the industry standard –designed to last a minimum 15 years or 350,000 km trouble-free, by far higher than the industry standard of 10 years or 200,000 km. It uses a MacPherson independent suspension system up front and Torsion beam rear suspension that is responsive enough to minimize the shock of irregular and uneven roads.
At the heart of the vehicle is the turbo-charged 1.5-Litre engine producing energy that efficiently translates to an exceptional, adrenaline fueled driving experience. Three driving modes change the gear ratio, damping control, turbo boost & steering stiffness. The Coolray’s acceleration responds smoothly to pedal pressure at low and high speeds without any lag. In Sport mode, the revs come quicker and hold longer, transferring the full energy of the car to the wheels for a more fun drive.
Built to give a distinctive first impression, the Coolray’s design follows Geely’s latest “Accelerating through Time” aesthetics. The wing-shaped chiseled waistline complements the stylish ‘Wings of Time’ tail lamps and outlines the exceptional power inherent in the Coolray. An aggressive “expanding cosmos” grille, front bumper and diamond cut dual-color turbine-inspired sports rims match the intensity and focus of this sporty machine. 4 functional chrome exhaust mufflers and the fashionable carbon- fiber accents on the lip skirt and side mirrors*enhance its performance look.
A jet-inspired enveloping cockpit and D-shaped steering wheel with Aluminum paddle shifters* add to the sporty feel inside the Coolray. Interior comprises of 70% soft materials (for better sound and vibration isolation), complementing the cockpit design. Geely also installed an ergonomic electronic shift gear for a perfect and soft knuckle-wrap to nudge the car into action. The 7-inch LCD instrument panel and the intricate ambient lighting add to the mood of the Coolray.
A combination of Leather, Chrome, and Aluminum brushed –finish surfaces with a beautiful color palette exudes class, while the panoramic sunroof provides an exquisite view of the unfolding scenery above the car.
Safety. It earned a 5-star crash test rating in the global NCAP federation. Its high-strength steel forms the base of the G-Safety system in addition to the high strength energy absorbing body, which houses a comprehensive Passive, and Active safety system that protects passenger and pedestrian. It comes with Standard driver and passenger airbags, along with side and curtain airbags*. ISOFIX and child safety locks, Fuel cut-off, Auto door unlock and Collapsible telescoping steering column on impact (rather than the steering column being pushed into the car cabin on impact, it collapses into itself minimizing injury, similarly, the engine simply falls to ground and not into the cabin), all contribute towards Geely’s special emphasis on safety in all their vehicles. The Verdict
It is a package of exceptional safety, technology and power delivered in contemporary style. The design, comfort, and seamless driving experience point to Geely’s growth and extensive R&D over the last ten years that has given it access to become one of the world’s leading automotive brands. With Mikano International’s exclusive partnership, the Coolray, as well as all other Geely Nigeria models, offers lots of value propositions
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