Geely Emgrand EC7 (Eng/Afr)

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Geely — Emgrand EC7 (Eng/Afr)


New luxury sub-brand launched

New EC7 – Top class model at surprising cost

European quality, safety and spec


Geely is about to surprise the South African market with the launch of a new brand and arguably the best value for money sedan in the country. It is the Geely sub-brand Emgrand, much like various top-selling Japanese and German brands with luxury car sub-brands.

The new Geely Emgrand EC7 is exactly that – a high-quality vehicle with high spec as part of a vision to establish a new range for the discerning buyer, but at an affordable price.

Launching from a sniff below R150 000, the high-quality and full-specced new EC7 is a confident competitor in a market flooded by much more expensive cars offering this kind of quality and spec. Two models will be available at launch – the EC7 GL Luxury and the EC7 GT Executive.

With all the electronic bells and whistles expected in anything on offer in this class out of Korea, Japan, Europe and the USA, the new Geely Emgrand EC7 is scheduled to get noticed by buyers and competitors alike.

The EC7 is the privately owned Chinese automaker’s first world model and the result of three years of intense research, testing and development.

“ The new EC7 embodies the Geely Automotive Group’s dedication to the highest international standards, and is the ideal model to launch the new luxury Emgrand sub-brand in South Africa,” says Henri Meistre, Managing Director of Geely SA. “It is a car of many firsts, with particular reference to its country of origin and the subsequent competitors.”

The EC7 is based on an entirely new Emgrand platform developed according to a first-class internationally-derived development process. The entire vehicle meets multiple European safety and environmental standards, and is the first and only Chinese vehicle produced by a stand-alone manufacturer to score a full-house of 5 stars in the Chinese NCAP crash tests, and 4 in its very first attempt at the stringent Euro-NCAP collision tests.

Offering outstanding value for money at an unmatched price, the new EC7 is launched with a powerful 1.8-litre 4-cylinder DOHC engine matched to a 5-speed manual transmission with a

6-speed auto version (not yet available for right-hand drive models) following later this year in various international markets.

The new EC7 is a C-segment sedan aimed at families looking for an economic short, medium and long distance vehicle, professionals who need a bigger car offering great value, representatives who spend a lot of time – and distance – behind the wheel, as well as fleet operators and private buyers who do not want to break the bank.

Emgrand is positioned as the luxury sub-brand of Geely Automotive, with massive success in its home country and export markets where the car has been available for the last year. The South African version is fully manufactured in China, and both Egypt and Russia assemble the EC7 in CKD kit form.

The new model is yet to be launched in the UK.

During the research and development phase of the new EC7, the Geely Automobile Research Institute has worked with many internationally renowned specialists, including various European companies. Feedback for local conditions has also been provided by Geely technicians from the Geely SA Research and Development Centre at the company’s independent South African head office in Midrand.

The design team was led by Zhao Fuquan, a former research director at Chrysler’s Global Technology Centre, and now President of the Geely Automobile Research Institute.

From the outside, the new EC7 looks right at home in any European car park. The stunning frontal design boasts a “Black Magic” headlight cluster giving the vehicle an aggressive yet serious look. Features such as height adjustment, daytime running lights and front fog lights come standard in both models.

The new-to-South-Africa red, gold and black Emgrand logo dominates the front grille with chromed horisontal fins beneath a chromed lip on the bonnet. From behind the new Emgrand has a wide but elegant and … presence, boasting the same prominent logo on the lip of the luggage lid.

The car has a very fashionable and comfortable interior, with abundant space all around. Rear seat passengers will find a surprising amount of leg and head room, as is the case with the front occupants.

The interior design of the EC7 features two and three colour tones on the dashboard and door panels as well as the instrument cluster and middle console. Something that immediately catches the eye, is the soft, but clear blue backlighting of the instrument panel. The centre console houses a CD/radio combination and an easy to operate climate control system standard on both South African launch models.

Powered by the GeTec 1.8-litre engine delivering 102 kW with 172 Nm of torque, the EC7 accelerates from standstill to 100 km/h in 10.5 seconds (Chinese figures), reaching a top-speed of approximately 185 km/h. The light-weight all-aluminium engine boasts technological advances such as a plastic intake manifold and CVVT (continuous variable valve timing), to name but a few.

At a launch price of under R150 000, and depending on the model, the new EC7 is loaded with standard equipment, ranging from comfort and luxury features to safety and security systems.

The layout of the cockpit is as ergonomic as it gets, with the main focal point of the driver the small, but easily visible instrument panel. The instrument cluster houses two main dials for speed – vehicle and engine speed – and a unique fuel gauge and water temperature meter made up of the vertical halves of a circle.

Other driver aids include electrical operation for the exterior door mirrors and windows (both models) and driver’s seat (GT only), with the window, central locking and mirror control buttons within arm’s length on the driver’s door.

As far as comfort is concerned, both launch models have leather interior, climate control with easy to control dials in the centre console, and the sound system (radio/CD player) situated directly above. The fully adjustable air vents on the extremes of the dashboard and in the centre console will surprise many with its high quality mechanism absolutely free of even the tiniest of rattles…

Also unexpected from anything out of China – and a direct result of Geely’s new vision for quality – are the low levels of Noise, Vibration and Harshness (NVH) in this car. Transfer of noise from the wind and road surface at any speed is unobtrusive, while engine noise – even at high acceleration – is at just the right level, yet negligible, to realise a positive driving feel. The opening and closing of the doors – usually a tell-tale sign of build quality, or the lack thereof – give a solid feeling with a deep, quality sound, not an empty clank as in many modern cars of this day and age.

The new Emgrand EC7, which will be available through each of Geely’s 40 plus dealerships all over South Africa and in Namibia, will be launched at the very competitive price of R149 990 for the GL Luxury and R164 990 for the GT Executive, which apart from the electric driver’s seat also boasts ESC (electronic slip control), 4 additional airbags and an electric sunroof.

Seven exterior colours are available – Mocha Red, Danaube Blue, Gothic Black, Scotland Red, Athens White, Vienna Gold and Alps Silver.

Both vehicles will be covered by Geely’s 5-year/100 000 km warranty (optional service plans are available) as well as 2-year road side assistance for the ultimate in peace-of-mind motoring.


Nuwe weelde-subfabrikaat onthul

Emgrand EC7 – topklas-model teen verrassende prys

Europese gehalte, veiligheid en toerusting


Geely is op … punt om … plaaslike mark met … bekendstelling van ’n splinternuwe en stellig beste waarde-vir-geld-sedan in Suid-Afrika te verras. Dit is Geely se subfrabikaat Emgrand, baie soos talle topverkoper-handelsname uit Japan en Duitsland met weeldemotor-subfabrikate.

Dit is presies wat … nuwe Geely Emgrand EC7 is – ’n hoëgehalte-voertuig met omvattende toerusting as deel van Geely se visie om ’n nuwe reeks aan … kieskeurige koper te bied, maar teen ’n bekostigbare prys.

Die nuwe hoëgehalte- en goedtoegeruste EC7, wat teen ’n katspoegie onder … R150 000 bekend gestel word, is ’n waardige mededinger in ’n mark wat deur baie duurder motors van hierdie soort gehalte en toerusting oorheers word. Twee modelle word bekend gestel – … EC7 GL Luxury en … EC7 GT Executive.

Die nuwe Geely Emgrand EC7 is met al … elektroniese deftighede wat in hierdie klas motor uit plekke soos Korea, Japan, Europa en … VSA verwag word, daarop uit om deur kopers en mededingers raakgesien te word.

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Die EC7 is dié private Chinese motorvervaardiger se eerste wêreldmodel en is … gevolg van drie jaar se intensiewe navorsing, toetswerk en ontwikkeling.

“ Emgrand verpersoonlik … Geely-motorgroep se verbintenis tot … hoogste internasionale standaarde, en … EC7 is … ideale model om … nuwe Emgrand-weelde-subfabrikaat in Suid-Afrika bekend te stel,” sê Henri Meistre, Besturende Direkteur van Geely SA. “Dit is ’n motor met talle eerstes, veral wat sy land van herkoms en sy mededingers betref.”

Die EC7 is op ’n splinternuwe Emgrand-platform gegrond wat ingevolge ’n nuwe, eersteklas-internasionale proses ontwikkel is. Die hele voertuig voldoen aan veelvuldige Europese veiligheids- en omgewingsvereistes, en is … eerste en enigste Chinese voertuig van ’n losstaande vervaardiger wat … volle 5 sterre in … Chinese NCAP-botstoetse, en 4 in sy heel eerste probeerslag in … streng Euro-NCAP-botstoetse, losgeslaan het.

Die nuwe Emgrand EC7 bied uitstaande waarde vir geld teen ’n ongeëwenaarde prys, en word met ’n kragtige viersilinder-dubbelbonokasenjin van 1,8 liter wat aan ’n vyfgang-handratkas gekoppel is, bekend gestel. ’n Outomatiese 6-gang-transmissie, wat nog nie vir regterstuurmodelle beskikbaar is nie, sal later vanjaar in verskeie internasionale markte bekend gestel word.

Geely se nuwe EC7 is ’n C-segment-sedan wat op gesinne gerig is wat ’n ekonomiese voertuig vir kort, medium en lang afstande wil hê, sowel as professionele mense wat ’n groter motor in ruil vir ’n goeie pakket nodig het, verteenwoordigers wat baie tyd – en afstand – agter … stuur deurbring, en vlootoperateurs en private kopers wat nie onnodig geld wil bestee nie.

Emgrand is as … weelde-subfabrikaat van Geely Automotive geposisioneer, en het reeds ongelooflike sukses in sy tuismark en uitvoermarkte waar … motor … afgelope jaar of wat beskikbaar is, behaal. Die Suid-Afrikaanse weergawe word in China vervaardig, maar word ook in Egipte en Rusland monteer.

Die nuwe model moet nog sy buiging in … VK maak.

Die Geely-motornavorsingsinstituut het gedurende … navorsing- en ontwikkelingsfase van … nuwe EC7 nou saam met talle internasionaal erkende spesialiste gewerk, waaronder verskillende Europese maatskappye. Terugvoer vir plaaslike toestande is ook deur Geely-tegnici van … Geely SA Navorsing- en Ontwikkelingsentrum by … maatskappy se onafhanklike hoofkantoor in Midrand voorsien.

Die ontwerpspan was onder … leiding van Zhao Fuquan, ’n voormalige navorsingsdirekteur by Chrysler se wêreld-tegnologiesentrum. Hy is nou president van … Geely-motornavorsingstigting.

Van buite gesien sal … nuwe EC7 heeltemal tuis in enige Europese parkeerterrein lyk. Die treffende voorkant-ontwerp pronk met sy sogenaamde “Black Magic”-kopligsamestelle wat … voertuig ’n aggressiewe, dog ernstige voorkoms gee. Eienskappe soos hoogteverstelling, dagligryligte en misligte is deel van al twee modelle se standaard-toerusting.

Die rooi, goud en swart Emgrand-kenteken, wat nuut in Suid-Afrika is, oorheers … voorste sierrooster met sy verchroomde horisontale finne onder … enjinkap se chroomlip. Van agter het … nuwe Emgrand ’n breë, dog elegante en volwasse teenwoordigheid, terwyl … prominente kenteken ook op … lip van … bagasiebakdeksel te sien is.

Die motor het ’n baie modieuse en gemaklike binneruim, met oorvloedige ruimte regdeur. Die agterste insittendes sal ’n verrassende hoeveelheid been- en kopruimte aantref, wat ook vir … voorste insittendes beskikbaar is.

Die binneruim-ontwerp van … EC7 pronk met twee- en driekleurige kleurskemas vir … voorpaneel en deurpanele sowel as … instrumentehuisie en middelkonsole. Iets wat onmiddellik opval, is … sagte, dog duidelike, blou agtergrondbeligting van … instrumentepaneel. Die middelkonsole huisves ’n CD/radio-kombinasie en ’n klimaatbeheerstelsel wat maklik is om te gebruik en deel van al twee … plaaslike bekendstellingsmodelle se standaard-toerusting is.

Die EC7 word deur … GeTec-enjin van 1,8 liter aangedryf. Dié dubbelbonokas-enjin lewer 102 kW en 172 Nm se wringkrag, wat … EC7 van 0 tot 100 km/h in 10,5 sekondes (Chinese syfer) tot ’n topspoed van nagenoeg 185 km/h laat versnel. Die ligte aluminium-enjin pronk met tegnologie soos ’n plastiek-inlaatspruitstuk en CVVT (voortdurend veranderlike kleptydreëling), om maar net ’n paar hoogtepunte te beklemtoon.

Sy bekendstellingsprys van minder as R150 000, afhangende van … model, beteken … EC7 is vol standaard-toerusting wat wissel van gemaks- en weelde-toerusting tot veiligheid- en sekuriteitstelsels.

Die kajuit-uitleg is so ergonomies as kan kom, en het ’n klein, dog maklik leesbare instrumentepaneel wat … fokuspunt vir … bestuurder is. Die instrumentehuisie self huisves twee hoofwysers vir spoed – voertuig- en enjinspoed – en ’n unieke brandstofmeter en termometer wat uit … twee vertikale helftes van ’n sirkel bestaan.

Ander bestuurderhulpmiddels bestaan uit elektriese werking vir … buite-truspieëls, vensters en bestuurdersitplek (laasgenoemde net vir … GT), met … kontroles vir … vensters, spieëls en sentrale sluiting op … armleuning binne vingerpuntbereik van … bestuurder.

Wat gemak betref, het al twee … modelle leerbekleedsel, klimaatbeheer met maklik beheerbare draaikontroles in … middelkonsole, en … klankstelsel (radio/CD-speler) wat net bokant … lugversorgingseenheid monteer is. Die luguitlate in … middelkonsole en aan weerskante van … voorpanele kan in alle rigtings verstel, en sal baie mense met … gehalte-meganisme wat geheel en al ratelvry is, verras…

Nog iets wat relatief onverwags in enige motor uit China – en … regstreekse gevolg van Geely se nuwe gehalte-visie – is, is … min geraas en vibrasies (NVH) in hierdie motor. Die oordrag van wind- en padgeraas teen enige spoed is onopvallend, terwyl enjingeraas – selfs teen volle versnelling – net … regte klank het om ’n positiewe rygevoel te gee, dog steeds nietig is. En wanneer ’n mens … deure oop en toe maak – iets wat gewoonlik baie oor bougehalte, of … gebrek daaraan, verklap – gee ’n soliede gevoel en het ’n diep, gehalte-klank, nie … leë koffieblik-klank soos wat in baie moderne motors aangetref word nie.

Die nuwe Emgrand EC7, wat by elk van Geely se stuk of 40 handelaarskappe regdeur Suid-Afrika en in Namibië beskikbaar sal wees, sal teen ’n uiters mededingende R149 990 vir … GL Luxury en R164 990 vir … GT Executive bekend gestel word. Laasgenoemde sluit buiten … elektries beheerde bestuurdersitplek ook ESC (elektroniese kloubeheer), vier bykomende lugsakke en ’n elektries beheerde sondak in.

Sewe rompkleure is beskikbaar – Mokka-rooi, Danau-blou, Gotiese swart, Skotse rooi, Athene-wit, Weense goud en Alpe-silwer.

Al twee … bekendstellingsvoertuie word gedek deur Geely se waarborg van 5 jaar/100 000 km (diensplanne is teen bykomende koste beskikbaar) sowel as ’n padbystandsdiens vir twee jaar, wat algehele gemoedsrus verseker.

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