Geely Auto, one of China’s leading and largest carmakers has officially launched the Xing Yue. The Geely Xing Yue is the brand’s first-ever attempt at making a coupe SUV, and that too as a PHEV (plug-in hybrid electric vehicle).

The all-new Xing Yue PHEV rides on the Geely-Volvo co-developed Compact Modular Architecture (CMA) platform. According to the Chinese carmaker, the brand-new Xing Yue is manufactured at one of its most advanced facilities, where it’ll also produce other new CMA-based models in the coming future. The stylish sports coupe SUV was named after the Xing Yue asteroid that’s part of the main-belt asteroid system found between Mars and Jupiter. Geely says that this is the world’s first SUV to be named after an asteroid.

There are 22 sensors planted all over the vehicle and these work together with the Xing Yue’s Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC), Lane Keeping Assist (LKA), Lane Change Assist (LCA), Traffic Jam Assistance (TJA), and Auto-Emergency Braking with Pedestrian Detection (AEB-P) among others.

The Geely Xing Yue is the brand’s first-ever attempt at making a coupe SUV, and that too as a PHEV (plug-in hybrid electric vehicle).

The Geely Xing Yue will be made available in three different versions – there’s a standard petrol-powered car (with a 2.0-litre turbocharged engine), a mild hybrid one, and then the PHEV model. Geely says it will offer the new Xing Yue with two-wheel drive or a BorgWarner developed on-demand all-wheel drive (AWD). However, it’s only the high performance, 238-hosepower petrol variant of the Xing Yue that’s learnt to have the AWD system. This performance-oriented version of Geely’s new coupe SUV can go from 0-100 km/h in 6.8 seconds; which the Chinese carmaker says makes it one of the fastest cars in its class.

Meanwhile, the Xing Yue PHEV can be optioned with one of two lithium-ion battery packs. The lesser of these two is a high-capacity 11.3 kWh battery, which has a claimed 56 kilometres of range. On the other hand, the top-trim Xing Yue PHEV is fitted with a larger, ultra-high capacity 15.2 kWh lithium pack. This means it benefits from a maximum electric-only driving range of 80 kilometres.

the Xing Yue PHEV can be optioned with one of two lithium-ion battery packs. The lesser of these two is a high-capacity 11.3 kWh battery, which has a claimed 56 kilometres of range. On the other hand, the top-trim Xing Yue PHEV is fitted with a larger, ultra-high capacity 15.2 kWh lithium pack. This means it benefits from a maximum electric-only driving range of 80 kilometres.

Under the bonnet sits a 1.5-litre, turbocharged three-cylinder petrol engine. In the advanced PHEV variants, this powertrain reportedly develops a punchy 254 hp and 415 Nm of peak torque. It comes mated a 7-speed dual-clutch gearbox which, according to Geely, can shift gears in just 0.2 seconds and boasts an industry leading 97% transmission efficiency. The Chinese marque has also claimed combined fuel efficiency figures of 1.6 L/100 km and 1.2 L/100 km for the high capacity and ultra-high capacity variants of the Xing Yue PHEV, respectively. And with the help of fast charging technology, the battery pack of the high-capacity variant of the Xing Yue PHEV can be topped up in just 90 minutes. Meanwhile, the same task takes about 105 minutes for the long-range version.

Geely has also packed the new Xing Yue with advanced technology for increased safety and better comfort. There are 22 sensors planted all over the vehicle and these work together with the Xing Yue’s Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC), Lane Keeping Assist (LKA), Lane Change Assist (LCA), Traffic Jam Assistance (TJA), and Auto-Emergency Braking with Pedestrian Detection (AEB-P) among others.

Speaking at the launch of the Xing Yue, Vice President of Geely Design China, Guy Burgoyne said, “Capturing “The Moment” within our broader “Accelerating through Time” design aesthetic, Xing Yue’s design inspiration comes from those dynamic moments found throughout the cosmos and in nature. Fluid in its movements, a shape full of potential, and with extreme care paid to details, this is the premium Sports Coupe SUV we set out to create. We hope that you see the Xing Yue as not just a car, but something young customers dream of. When you’re in the Xing Yue, you’re in “The Moment.”