It’s 1 am and I have to get up in four hours to cover the Detroit Auto Show, but for some reason Geely decided I needed to see this very first look at their all-new electric sedan concept. Interestingly, the press release states that the sedan is “globally developed” and “will begin to spearhead Geely’s efforts into entering overseas markets.” That sounds sort of like a potential Tesla-fighter to me.
The press release offers a bit of insight into the novel design choices we can see in this teaser photo, including those unusual feather-like headlamps:
The design language will use a ‘closed’ frontal design language with the headlights designed around the concept of ‘Yi’, the Chinese word for one: “一”, which allows the headlights to reach across the front of the car and up into the front arches. The strong pronounced hoodline also improves the wind drag coefficient of the model, bringing it down to just 0.2375 and allowing for greater efficiency whilst driving. To further that efficiency, Geely’s new electric sedan has moved to integrate its door handles into the bodywork and will only appear when the driver is within a certain range.
The grille-less front fascia design, integrated/dynamic door handles, and the impressive aero numbers reinforce the idea that this could be Geely’s answer to cars like the Tesla Model 3.
According to the press release, the EV will be “unveiled in early 2019,” though its not clear if that’s referring to a production car or just a concept.
As with all these kinds of things, I guess we’ll just have to wait and see.