Geely Says Its New Bin Yue Crossover Has A Star Wars Inspired Interior


Following a leak earlier this year, Geely has officially launched the Bin Yue in China.

Set to become the company’s first compact crossover to ride on the new BMA architecture, the Bin Yue is a stylish looking model which has a prominent “cosmos” grille that is flanked by angular headlights. Further below, we can see sporty air intakes and silver accents.

The sides of the crossover feature plastic body cladding, strong character lines and a relatively compact greenhouse. The model also has a ‘floating’ roof which tapers down to meet a large tailgate-mounted spoiler.

Overall, the Bin Yue measures 170.4 inches (4330mm) long, 74 inches (1800mm) wide and 63.3 inches (1609mm) tall with a wheelbase that spans 102.3 inches (2600mm). This means the crossover is a tad smaller than the BMW X1, but slightly wider.

The stylish design continues in the cabin and Geely says the cockpit has been designed to resemble that of a jet. The company went on to say “many parts have also been inspired by sci-fi elements such as supersonic fighters and Star Wars.”

We’re not buying that, but the cabin looks pretty good as it features a stylish design and premium materials. Highlights include a digital instrument cluster and a 10.25-inch infotainment system with an 8:3 aspect ratio.

Drivers will also find a leather-wrapped steering wheel, matte metal trim and chrome accents. Other niceties include voice recognition technology, 4G/Wi-Fi connectivity and over-the-air updates.

Under the hood, two different engines will be available. The first was jointly developed with Volvo and it’s a turbocharged 1.5-liter that produces 174 hp (130 kW / 176 PS) and 188 lb-ft (255 Nm) of torque. It is connected to a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission which enables the crossover to accelerate from 0-62 mph (0-100 km/h) in 7.9 seconds. In terms of fuel efficiency, drivers can expect to average 38.5 mpg US (46.3 mpg UK / 6.1L/100km).

Customers will also be able to order a turbocharged 1.0-liter engine producing 134 hp (100 kW / 136 PS) and 151 lb-ft (205 Nm) of torque. It is paired to a six-speed manual transmission which enables the Bin Yue to return 44.3 mpg US (53.3 mpg UK / 5.3L/100km).

On the safety front, the Bin Yue features a Level 2 semi-autonomous driving system which uses millimeter wave radar and high-definition cameras. Thanks to this technology, the crossover can follow vehicles at speeds up to 93 mph (150 km/h) and automatically change lanes. Other highlights include an automatic parking system, automatic emergency braking with pedestrian recognition and a blind spot warning system.

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  • Loquacious Borborygmus

    The company went on to say “many parts have also been inspired by sci-fi elements such as supersonic fighters and Star Wars.”
    The bullshit is strong in this one.

    • ThatGuy

      This is where i say marketing can be so disconnected.
      Hey dude, look no fake exhaust tips as per previous discussions. It they can put real ones, mind the over kill of 4 for a 1.5L 4-cylinder turbo, why cant the top companies do the same. Seems the exhaust tip economies of scale is BS by the premium brands if Geely can do it.

    • Iberian Rekluse

      “Strong is the bullshit with this one”.

      There, fixed.

      • Loquacious Borborygmus

        Wise you are.

  • no25

    The interior isn’t bad, but Star Wars inspired? noooo

  • Marc Gruben

    Much linguistic creativity Geely has taken, hmmm???

  • Karl

    Honestly not bad at all,it is amazing how far Chinese car manufacturers have come in such a short time. Geeley’s alliance with Volvo should reap great dividends quality wise. Their exterior and interior designs have really matured substantially. I say give them another ten years or less to change the landscape price wise/quality wise dramatically,Hyundai/Kia should be looking in their rear view mirrors along with countless others.

  • pcurve

    Our Chinese overlords caught up so quickly. Who’s laughing now? lol Yeah so what if the design is copy of different themes? It’s copied well enough that I can’t really tell what’s from what. Good job Chinese peeps. I can see why Hyundai has been struggling in China.

    • ThatGuy

      Dash looks better than the Tucson. And this will be half the price. CHinese Manufacturers are becoming real contenders globally.

  • Finkployd

    Obviously from star wars : attack of the clones
    that works for a lot of chinese cars though

    • Bash

      ..attack of the clones..
      that is brilliant.

  • Liam Paul

    I like the interior a lot

    • ThatGuy

      Yep it is very nice i must say

  • Someone is really high at the marketing department.

  • ThatGuy

    I like this alot, and for the price im sure i would get this over the usual suspects as i will save a mint.

    • wait a minute

      For a chinese car the design looks original doesn’t look like a rip-off from an existing European design.

      • ThatGuy

        Yes exactly right, its unique, and i know some people will point out a few things that will seem the same, but that is true for all cars.

        This is different and sporty and its curves are different. It looks aggressive but not overly aggressive. The seats are nice. I think this is a complete package.

        Not every ones taste but i really like

  • This is actually pretty decent – I’d have one!

  • Phyterpilot

    Marketing fluff aside, I think this could really be a big slap in the face for the rest of the segment in terms of design, performance and value proposition. No doubts that it would give the current leader, Hyundai Kona 1.6T a solid run for its money.

    Really, the only thing holding it back is the lack of AWD. But hopefully the rest of the car is good enough to compensate that shortcoming.

    • Alan

      No AWD? Then what the heck is it FOR?

  • I like this thing, quote a lot actually. Even those ambitious quad-pipes.

    • S3XY

      Cancer pipes

  • Knotmyrealname

    This is just an XC-40 rework, no?

    • Phyterpilot

      Nope. Different(smaller) platform, separate development timeline.

      It does have a more powerful version of the XC40 T3 engine though. So there’s a connection between both models in that regard.

      • Knotmyrealname

        OK, but it looks somehow Volvo-ish to me. Maybe the design influence.

        • erly5

          Looks more Opel Grandland to me than Volvo-esque. Having said that, I don’t really like it

  • Bash

    Interior looks cool.

    • Iberian Rekluse

      Yeah, not bad.

  • ➡️ProtectOurHeritage⬅️

    If it comes with a decent warranty, Geely will be rivaling the likes of Kia and Hyundai in no time.

  • Alan

    They show it off road but does it actually have AWD or 4×4 as an option, or it is just another wannabe ‘SUV’ that can’t get out of a muddy field?

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