We were treated to quite a surprise when Geely North EDSA officially opened its doors to the public this week. Apart from launching its flagship dealership in Metro Manila and the Philippines, Geely also showcased two new vehicles that are set to hit the local market soon: the Coolray Plug-in Hybrid EV and the Atlas SUV. The former we already talked about in a previous story; the latter we’ll be discussing here.
Just like Coolray, its little brother, the five-seater Atlas impresses both inside and out. The exterior features a sporty, aggressive design accentuated by gray plastic trim all around. The front fascia is headlined by a grille that mimics the shape of the Geely badge. As for the rear end, although it looks neat, it doesn’t necessarily have the wow factor to it. The two-tone alloy wheels do look pretty decent.
Meanwhile, the Atlas’s interior feels even more premium than the Coolray’s. Both basically sport similar designs, but the Atlas’s cabin is dominated by dark soft-touch materials, with only a few hints of gray plastic bits to provide contrast. Black leather seats with white stitching have also been fitted here, and the quirky-looking handles on the front row have been placed on both sides of the driver and passenger. Up top is a sunroof with a panoramic moonroof.
The infotainment system here is gigantic, too. The screen measures an estimated 10 inches—something you don’t see pretty often here in the local market. The problem was that the China-spec units on display still had Chinese head units and cluster gauges installed, so we weren’t able to try out all the features just yet.
There wasn’t any spec sheet was available for the unit on display, but Sojitz G Auto Philippines marketing services section manager Ryan Isana tells us that the Atlas will pack the same powertrain as the Coolray: a 1.5-liter turbocharged three-cylinder gasoline engine capable of 175hp and 255Nm. Since we have yet to find out the full specifications of this SUV, we’re just as curious as you are about how this engine will power a much bigger and heavier body and chassis.
Isana also shares that the company is hoping to officially launch this vehicle in the Philippines by the first half of 2020. There aren’t any certainties regarding pricing, but we were told that it could be valued around P1,300,000 once it arrives.
You can take a look at more of our photos below. Do you think the vehicle would be worth the estimated price tag?