Geely LC Review
Geely LC is designated as the brand new version at entry level luxury line-up from the Global trade in Geely group. Officially launched in the year 2009 by the Chinese Automakers Geely, this compact car is designed with 3S developing concept. This stylish hatch scored 5-star rating C-NCAP crash tests, and after that it was regraded as the safest Chinese compact car as of 2011. With its fashionable engineering and bionic design it shows the persona of a Panda. The perfect blend of adorable design and class-leading appointments makes other to turn their heads.
Engine, Mileage & Variants
Geely LC, for Philippines buyers, it comes in two variants namely MT GB and MT GL. Both of the variants are pumped-in with 1.3-litre gasoline engine which is capable of producing the maximum power as 85 hp at 6000 rpm, along with the peak torque of about 110 Nm at 5200 rpm. Coupled with 5 speed manual transmission contributed in improving the performance of this compact car. It delivers a mileage of 14.6 kmpl which is appreciable. The top speed of this compact car stands at 155 kmph which is not praiseworthy to fascinate speedophiles, however it acquires the checkpoint of 100 kmph in 14 seconds.
Exterior of new Geely LC Panda expresses the engineer’s efforts with its dynamic and curved body. Its specially designed with stylish side skirts which improves its performance of anti-collision and energy-absorbing of the door. The packaged rear profile and captivating bumper along with rear lamps designed with bionic layout adapting the concept of palm, accompanied by turning lamp and brake lamp which are integrated for revealing a beautiful façade. Fitted with sporty set of 14-inch alloy wheels, comprising the tire size as 165/60 R14. Overall dimensions of this vehicle measure 3598 mm x 1630 mm x 1465 mm (L x W x H) and the wheelbase stands at 2340 mm.
Being a compact car, the Geely LC offers significant amount of space to the occupants so that they enjoy the wide in complete relaxation. The seats have been fabricated with quality upholstery, giving a classy touch of luxury to its internal design. Its steering wheel features adjustable functionality, which adds the convenience for the driver. To create a sophisticated environment inside, along with the comfort factor, this compact car car is provided with power windows, manual air conditioning system and rear view mirrors. For entertainment, LC comes fitted with an audio unit featuring radio tuner, CD player which MP3 and WMA compatible and series of quality speakers for tremendous sound.
Safety, Braking and Miscellaneous
Beneath its contemporary body design, the manufacturer’s have loaded this compact hatch with latest class-leading safety elements. Its passive safety aspects include dual airbags system at front inflating instantaneously in order to reduce the accident’s impact. For firm braking, this compact car comes outfitted with ventilated disc brakes at front and drum type brakes at the rear which is further improvised with advanced systems such as anti-lock braking system (ABS) and Electronic Brake Force Distribution (EBD). Besides that, it has got decent suspension system which consists of MacPherson suspension at front axle with subsidiary frame, whereas the rear ones are appointed with hybrid link.
Geely, the Chinese manufacturer has done superb job in offering safe and reliable car which is further improvised with beautiful design. However, its unattractive price tag and unsatisfactory acceleration and performance numbers might make you think twice.