Geely Emgrand X7
Already known to many companies from the Celestial Empire Geely presented the debut model of Julie Emgrand X7. The car received good technical characteristics. Russian buyers got acquainted with the new model at the end of 2013. At the same time, sales began at the official level. The whole model range is Geely.
If we take the post-Soviet space, the off-road model was officially shown for the first time in Ukraine (Kiev) at the annual car show in 2012. It is not difficult to guess that a year later Jili X7 has appeared in Russian car dealers’ salons in some variants of complete sets. The compact SUV did not take much time to gain popularity in its own line. Partly, it was possible to achieve a humane price and equipment, pleasant for many motorists.
After a while, the automobile public saw an updated Chinese car, where there was already a reinforced power pack and automatic transmission. It is worth noting that the Geely Emgrand X7 is an authoritative crossover car produced in China, and which has ever entered the world market.
In 2015, this vehicle will be 4 years old since its debut. Interestingly, the initially compact crossover was available only in the domestic market of China. However, soon quite affordable and technological machine began to be sold in numerous countries.
Motorists of the Russian Federation are no exception. In fact, the technical component of the Jilly Emgrand X7 meets the positioning class of the car – there is a 175-centimeter ground clearance, an independent suspension with front columns McPherson and a multilever system at the back, disc brakes, hydraulic power steering, ABS and EBD. However, the drive on the front wheels of the car instantly makes you doubt the “off-road” qualities. This article will describe the Geely Emgrand X7 and the reviews of the owners.
It is difficult to call the appearance of the compact SUV budget, but do not forget that the design solution itself was not developed from scratch. On appearance the crossover looks like something average between Subaru Forester and Toyota RAV-4.
Having worked a little on the front end, the designers have made, though not unique, but bright and interesting exterior of the car. Symbiosis of simplicity and serenity in appearance literally inspires self-confidence and emphasizes all the advantages of the car.
With the appearance of the Emgrand X7 worked as a prominent professional in the field of automotive design. This is the Italian Giorgetto Giugiaro. His well-known studio designed the appearance of the compact crossover so that it turned out to be stylish and attractive.
The nose of the machine has a rectangular grille made of black plastic. The specially designed logo is not forgotten. There are no aggressive chrome elements on the grille. The headlights are slightly rounded and slightly elongated. Fog lamps are hidden in specially designed bumper recesses. The front bumper, or rather its central area, looks like an extension of the grille and flows under the body bottom.
The side shows that the rear door glazing is slightly overhanging the racks, making the vehicle’s appearance more rapid. The Emgrand X7 sides in the lower edge of the doors and arches of the wheels are clearly stamped. Thanks to this solution, the car became solid and embossed, which enhances the overall impression. Among the remarkable elements of the exterior design of the car are bloated front and rear fenders.
At the stern it is easy to see the massive lanterns, which now lie along the racks to the roof. It looks spectacular. Down on the sides of the rear bumper are rear fog lights. In the middle of the rear door there is a large Geely nameplate.
Geely Emgrand X7 New salon, to be honest, has pleased many car connoisseurs. The engineering staff performed it in strict style and with the use of monochrome gray scale, where there are contrasting silver inserts. On the dashboard there are large instruments, which decided to drown in deep wells. The sensors are easy to read, so there will be no need to look into them. The controls include a three-spoke steering wheel, switches underneath it and a gearbox handle. All controls are comfortable and in familiar places. The steering wheel itself can be adjusted in height.
Driver’s seat in the standard configuration has received 6 directions of adjustment, and top complete sets are allocated by all eight, besides, with an electric drive. The presence of the developed lateral support, convenient armrests and other elements providing comfort of landing pleasantly pleased. The driver’s seat, along with the passenger’s seat, received a heating option. Among the used materials of finishing applied the improved plastic, and also the textiles having the pleasant invoice.
What was also pleasantly surprised was the adjustment not only of the front seats, but also of the back row. On the central console, which, by the way, is quite massive, all controls were placed, which includes a board computer. Expensively equipped with a nice control lever “automatic”. The central console is beautifully decorated with chrome inserts. A large number of keys, along with round dials, allow you to create such a feeling as if you are sitting not behind the steering wheel of a simple car, but in a real spacecraft. The steering wheel was equipped with remote control buttons, and the speed sensor and engine speed arrows on the dashboard were drowned in two separate wells.
The dashboard scale is illuminated by powerful LEDs. Therefore, there is no lack of brightness. The instrument panel is highly informative. Speaking of upholstery, it is necessary to say that it is offered on a choice – fabric and leather. The latest version is available only in top versions (where there will be a panoramic hatch on an electric drive). External mirrors, which look small from the outside, but from the inside seem large, comfortable and with good visibility.
Together with a considerable area of glazing the driver is provided with excellent visibility to control the entire situation on the roadside. Rear passengers have plenty of free space (even passengers with a two-meter height can be accommodated without problems). The backrests of the rear seats are tilted. The legs also have plenty of free space, partly because of the flat floor. The trunk volume is 580 litres. However, this is not the limit. If necessary, it is increased by an order of magnitude due to partial or full folding of the 2nd row seats.
Typical disadvantages of the marketing policy of car manufacturers from the Celestial Empire include a small list of available engines. And Emgrand did not stand out. Chinese engineers have developed only a couple of engines, which are represented by four-cylinder gasoline engines.
In the role of a standard installed two-liter sixteen-valve engine with a distributed fuel injection system and a system of changing the phases of gas distribution, issuing 139 horses. It eats 8-9 liters of fuel in mixed mode.
Expensively equipped with a 2.4-litre flowing engine that develops 150 horses. The top variation consumes 10 liters of gasoline in a combined cycle. The compact crossover can reach a speed mark of 100 km/h in 11.4 seconds, and the maximum speed is 170 kilometers per hour.
In addition, the weakest 1.8-litre engine with distributed injection and 16-valve chain-driven gas distribution mechanism is now available. It develops such a power unit with 125 horsepower and consumes about 8.4 liters of gasoline for every 100 kilometers.
There are two types of gearboxes available for the customer to choose from. It is a 5-speed manual or 6-speed automatic transmission. If we talk about the automatic gearbox, it will be used only in the top versions of the SUV. It is worth noting that until recently, the automatic transmission was a luxury for Chinese cars.
Simply put, the manufacturing companies did not provide for its installation. However, it is now easy to understand that companies from the Celestial Empire are striving to continue to develop and fight for customer demand, providing more and more choice. The clutch is represented by a single-disc hydromechanical mechanism.
A standard independent suspension with McPherson columns was installed at the front, where a stabilizer of lateral stability is located. The rear wheels operate on a multilever independent suspension with double wishbone stabilizer arms.
The steering wheel has a rack and pinion type and a hydraulic booster.
All wheels are equipped with disc brakes. The front wheels have enlarged brake discs, which are ventilated. All versions of the braking system are complemented by ABS and EBD functions.
What the Chinese company is proud of is the fact that the X7 has received the highest mark in terms of safety, based on the results of testing China-NCAP, which is very often reminded by representatives of the company.
However, potential buyers need to remember that this type of crash-testing system applies only to the machines of Chinese companies, which in the world’s safety ratings, to the great disappointment, receive the lowest marks. About ratings on tests of known world leaders in the field of safety the company management does not extend.
The car itself was built on a platform with a front drive and has a load-bearing body, where there is a large amount of steel of high strength and well-designed zones of programmed deformation. Front airbags and three-point safety belts are provided.
Top-of-the-range equipment also includes a pair of additional side airbags. The model has been adapted for the Russian market and has received automatic unlocking of locks and doors in case of emergency shutdown of gasoline supply.
This can save lives in a car accident. Below you will find information about Jilly Emgrand model price.
Price and equipment
A compact Chinese crossover will be supplied to the Russian Federation in several configurations. The cost of the new Geely Emgrand X7 2017 will start at $12386,88. The vehicle has a basic equipment, which provides for the presence of front airbags, ABS, air conditioning, power windows on all doors and standard alarm system. It also features a cabin filter, light sensor, electric front seat heating, immobilizer and alloy wheels.
Top equipment has, among other things, climate control, leather interior upholstery, branded audio system, headlight corrector, trip computer, temperature sensor overboard, panoramic hatch, etc. The price of a Chinese man with a top-end engine of 2.4 liters volume and automatic gearbox will start from $14967,48.
Replies from car owners
Based on the feedback of professionals and car enthusiasts, Jilly is distinguished by good running characteristics and good cross-country ability. However, it is important not to forget – the car is not a four-wheel drive SUV, so you should not expect it to be excellent cross-country ability in difficult terrain.
Rather, the model feels great on a roadway with a hard surface, however, not always the right quality of coating. That’s where the EC7 will be able to confidently go through rough terrain and drive through deep pits and large rolls without damaging the body or suspension.
Many people praise the Emgrand X7 for its good handling at different speeds. The engine’s power is sufficient for a quick start and overtaking. Its maneuverability is also at height, even if the car is on a limited ground. In part, this is achieved by hydraulic power steering and parktronic technology.
This is why most experts say these facts:
- On the roadway compact Chinese crossover behaves quite confidently and has not received special complaints;
- Based on the experience of operating the machine, the good quality of components and the assembly itself is noticeable;
- Money for maintenance of the machine does not require much. This is partly due to low fuel consumption and maintenance costs.
If we take the basic equipment, many people note a lack of power unit capacity. Automatic gearbox is thoughtful, but the brakes have proven to be effective and tenacious. The suspension turned out to be soft, but for dynamic movement it is obviously not suitable.
It has a rather high roll during cornering, and when working with the steering wheel, the hydraulic booster pump does not always work well. However, many people agree that a car is a good value for money for such a price policy.
Pluses and minuses
- Pleasant appearance;
- Appceptable ground clearance height;
- Expressed stampings;
- Comfortable and comfortable salon;
- Information dashboard;
- The centre console has a colour display;
- Radjustable steering wheel;
- Rear passengers will feel comfortable because there is enough space in the back;
- Capacious luggage compartment that can be enlarged if necessary;
- There are various systems to help the driver on the road;
- Three-point seat belts and airbags are present;
- Few power units to choose from;
- The choice is automatic gearbox;
- Slight fuel consumption;
- Not bad dynamics;
- Approved pricing policy of the company.
Cons of a car
- Lack of power pack capacity;
- We have no four-wheel drive system;
- The quality of the interior decoration is much lower than that of European companies;
- Not suitable for off-road use;
- Model crash-tests were successful only in the country of origin, and according to Euro NCAP world ratings, the car has the lowest safety ratings;
- There’s a problem with the roll.
We sum up
In general, the car turned out to be a good one. Of course, it lacks all-wheel drive system and increased height of ground clearance. However, if the car was already driven, the installed power units would not be enough, especially if we talk about the variant with an automatic gearbox.
The appearance allows the compact Chinese crossover to compete successfully with other vehicles, even of European origin. At the same time, the crossover has an undoubted advantage – it costs much less than its direct rivals, than often and bribes potential buyers.
There are no exquisite and expensive interior upholstery materials inside, but there is also no feeling of the cheapest plastic. Everything is on a solid average level. The instrument panel is informative, all controls are clear and easily accessible. Although, the rear row of seats is designed primarily for two passengers. There can also be three seats there, however, it will not be as comfortable to sit in the middle as the others.
It is nice that Chinese engineers paid attention to safety, having equipped the car with some systems and airbags. The model is good for city traffic, as it does not have huge dimensions and consumes a relatively small amount of fuel. Good value for money.
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