Geely Icon Officially Unveiled As Boxy Subcompact SUV With Global Ambitions

Geely has finally released the first official photos of its new subcompact SUV, the Icon.

As patent photos revealed earlier this year, the Geely Icon is heavily inspired by the namesake concept vehicle from 2018. Unveiled to the Chinese media at a design seminar in Nanjing, the B-segment SUV “showcases an evolved version of Geely’s ‘Expanding Cosmos’ design DNA” while at the same time exploring the limits of the brand’s design language.

It’s certainly an interesting design, with the Geely Icon retaining the distinctive blocky silhouette from the concept.

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The front end featuring split headlights and an expanding cosmos grille carries over almost unchanged, while the profile gains pop-out door handles and rearview mirrors with integrated turn signals. At the rear, the infinity loop motif continues to be featured in the signature of the LED taillights.

Inside, the Geely Icon’s dashboard is dominated by two big screens: the instrument panel and the central infotainment display. The dual interactive screens allow users to interact with the vehicle and connect to the rest of the world via the GKUI Geely Smart Ecosystem. Overall, the dash reminds somewhat of the Citroën C4 Cactus.

The Icon is Geely’s second SUV based on the modular BMA architecture following the more conventionally-styled Bin Yue. The platform is also used by the Bin Rui sedan. The Chinese automaker did not release details about the powertrains, but the Icon is said to feature a 1.5-liter turbocharged gasoline engine.

The dimensions have not been confirmed either, but most reports claim the Icon is 4,350-mm (171.5-in) long, 1,810-mm (71.2-in) wide and 1,615-mm (63.6-in) high, with a wheelbase of 2,640 mm (103.9 in). If they are accurate, it means the Icon is slightly larger than the Bin Yue platform cousin.

Geely says the Icon has been designed from the outset as a global model aiming to open “a new era of smart mobility for a new generation of users, a generation that demands high-tech, inspiring vehicles.”

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  • MP Palić

    it has Cactus vibe

  • wait a minute

    nice…either the chinese are becoming good at car design or they are hiring outside talent.

    • Knotmyrealname

      Have you been living under a rock? It’s been the latter for decades.

    • JRP

      There are a handful of Chinese car designers, but a lot of companies hire German, Italian, and Japanese designers such as Pininfarina. They have been making some good cars in the past 5-10 years, though.

  • it’s like a land rover and that Faraday had a baby.

    oddly not bad

  • wait a minute

    they seem to have completely stopped plagiarising european manufactures to concentrate on their own unique design language.

  • designer_dick

    I can see elements inspired by the Range Rover Evoque, Suzuki Vitara, and even the Lada X-Ray. It’s an unusual looking car, but it certainly isn’t disjointed, and all seems to gel together quite cohesively.

    Also, is anyone else getting a combination of Jeep and Aston Martin vibes from the dashboard layout? Not two aesthetics I thought I’d ever see combined, but it appears to work.

  • jason wu

    The car looks decent and should have Volvo engineering in it which makes it relative safe. I will buy one if they sell it in the States for $25k.

    • Joe

      It’ll likely cost half of that amount in China… that’s a high price for a Chinese compact crossover!

  • Marcus Meyn

    Does seem to have a very warm and pleasant environment inside. I would give it ago if they build in on the same assembly line as the current S60 in S.C.

  • Joe

    Official images were first released a few weeks ago. I really like it, it’s definitely one of my favourite designs from any Chinese brand so far. There were also photos released a while back of versions with regular chunkier door handles rather than the flush ones shown here, which also fit well with the aesthetic. It’ll be interesting to see if buyers will take to it too.

  • AxlRock

    Land rover creta or Hyundai range rover evoque?

  • Bash

    That’s an original design, I’m impressed. I do see some KIA among other cars as well. But it’s nice.

  • charlotteharry57

    I don’t think it’s original at all. Totally derivative. Guess the Chinese are now doing that ubiquitous-in-America lower-headlight thing and small 3rd window. Could someone please try something different?

  • sidewaysspin

    Too much like a small range rover and the interior is too much like Citroen, they have designers why don’t they go their own way?

  • Tumbi Mtika

    Bites a bit from the FIAT 120 Concept.

  • Mark Collison

    Getting very strong Citroën C5 Aircross vibes

  • Thetruthísntalwayspopular

    Geely DNA? That’s a laugh.

  • ThatGuy

    The overarching design, to me, seem to be the Range Rover front and side. The font is Range Rover mixed with Hyundai Santa Fe, the Side is Range Rover and Citroen C5 Aircross, the Rear is Range Rover and Tiguan. Interior is a combination of Hyundai Tucson, Jeep and BMW. Well that is what i see.

    All in all, still good look and probably priced very well, good reliability mechanically but electronically will be bad, based on the fact that this uses the Volvo architecture.

    I would buy for sure.

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