Geely Emgrand - car review

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Chinese automaker Geely, flooded the car market of some countries with compact, high-quality and low-cost sedans, decided to go to a higher level and try themselves in prestigious market segments. The Emgrand EC7 model is Geely's debut in capturing the high level of the European market. This D-class car rolled off the assembly line in 2010.

The development of the model began in 2006. The appearance of the new model was preceded by a three-year painstaking work of the Geely research center in fruitful cooperation with well-known brand companies. Many components and assemblies Emgrand Geely purchased from third-party manufacturers.

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For example, the anti-lock system is manufactured by the German company Bosch, the headlights are made by the French company Valeo, and the instrument panel is supplied by American Visteon. Appearance Chinese specialists have developed together with their European counterparts. Trying to make the Emgrand EC7 the most capacious in its class, the Chinese experts did not stint on size. The dimensions of the cars are very impressive - length 4635 mm, width 1789 mm, height 1470 mm, wheelbase 2650 mm. The emblem of the new brand Emgrand in the form of a heraldic shield was placed on a large false radiator chrome grille.

The location of the head optics and the stamping on the hood gives the wedge-shaped front part some aggressiveness. Under the European-style elegant and discreet appearance and interior of the car. The two-tone plastic trim is not soft but pleasant to the touch, and for a surcharge, the fabric upholstery of the salon can be replaced with leather.

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The joints are neat, and the layout of the devices is concise. The driver's landing is quite high, which, along with a large glass area provides good visibility. The back of the sofa has a folding armrest with cup holders, and the back proportion (60 to 40) is folded, opening access to a huge trunk of 680 liters. By the way, a full-size spare tire is hidden under a hard boot floor, and even on a cast 15-inch (like the rest of the wheels) disk. Emgrand EC7 is available on the market in two trim levels Basic and Comfort. At the same time, an MP3 radio with a mini-USB and six speakers, power accessories, air conditioning and fog lights are already available in the database.

Surcharge for the "expensive" complete set will have only those who want to get a leather trim, alloy wheels and parking sensors. European standards are satisfied not only by technical equipment, but also by the level of security. The car received 5 stars for safety according to C-NCAP, for which it is unofficially recognized as the safest in China. The European organization ENCAP honored Emgrand EC7 with a high rating of 4 stars. The car is equipped with all-wheel disc brakes, ABS + EBD, driver and front passenger airbags, and, most importantly, the car has the highest body strength. Also, this model was provided with an intelligent Can-Bus-Controller system.

Geely Emgrand got a gasoline four-cylinder engines of 1498 and 1792 cm³ with a power of 98 and 127 hp. respectively, corresponding to the ecological class Euro-4, and a 5-speed manual gearbox. The suspension layout is standard, McPherson racks are installed in front, and a semi-dependent beam in the rear.

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