Since the debut of the NL concept at the 2008 Beijing Auto Show, Geely has revealed on various occasions a set of SUV models, the relationship among them confusing many. The Gleagle GX7, which is a production version of the NL, was first unveiled at 2009 Shanghai Auto Show. However, it largely disappeared from public view in the following two years; instead, we saw at auto shows the Emgrand EX7, which is believed by some to be a re-badged GX7. Earlier this year, the Englon SX7 was exposed, believed to be yet another re-badged GX7. Besides the GX7 and its siblings, the Geely SUV lineup has also included the Emgrand EX6, EX8, EX9 and Gleagle GX5, GX6, although none except the GX7 has arrived in dealership showrooms.
Going on sale on April 23, Gleagle GX7 is made in Geely’s Chengdu factory. Currently two engine options are provided, both from Geely: JL4G18 1.8L (102kW/6200rpm and 172kW/4200rpm) and JLδ-4G20 2.0L (104kw/6000rpm and 178Nm/4000-4500rpm); they are mated with a 5-speed manual transmission (JL-S170B). Future 2.0 and 2.4 GX7 models will feature a 6-speed auto gearbox from Australia’s DSI, which Geely bought in 2009.
Sitting on a 2661mm wheelbase, the GX7 is 4541mm long, 1833mm wide, and 1700mm high. It has a ground clearance of 172mm.
Prices start from 92,900 Yuan (14,729 US dollars) for a 1.8 MT. The forthcoming 2.4 AT is expected to sell for 129,900 Yuan. For its price, the GX7 is well-appointed. All versions come standard with parking radar, remote key, ABS/EBD, leather seats, speed-sensing door locks, and automatic headlights.