Chinese giant's new Geometry A saloon offers ranges of 255 and 311 miles on the NEDC cycle; priced from £23,920

China's biggest car manufacturerGeely, has launched its new electric-only brand, Geometry, with a Tesla Model 3 rival.

The Geometry A saloon is claimed to be capable of 255 miles in Standard Range form and 311 miles in Long Range form, with both figures measured under the old NEDC cycle. the new car is on display at the Shanghai motor show.

The former variant uses a 51.9kWh and the latter a 61.9kWh lithium ion battery pack, both provided by Chinese firm CATL. 

In comparison, the Model 3 Long Range, which has a 75kWh battery, managed 338 miles in the more realistic WLTP test. The Model 3 Standard Range, with a 50kWh battery, is predicted to manage around 220 miles WLTP.

Drive in the Geometry A is supplied by a permanent magnet synchronous motor with a maximum output of 161bhp and 184lb ft, resulting in a 0-62mph sprint time of 8.8sec.

Geely says the A can be fast-charged from 30%-80% in just half an hour, without specifying how many kW is required from the power supply to achieve that charging speed.

The A is claimed to be the safest car in its segment. It offers a host of active safety technology, including automatic emergency braking with pedestrian detection, automatic high beam control, front and rear moving object detection, blindspot monitoring, lane-keeping assitance, adaptive cruise control and a 360deg parking camera.

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The five-seat A's design, which was penned at Geely's studio in Shanghai, is described by the firm as "minimalist and avant-garde" with a focus on aerodynamic efficiency. Indeed, its drag coefficient is 0.24Cd – just 0.1Cd behind that of the Model 3. It follows on from the Geely GE11 concept, which was unveiled in February under the 'Geely New Energy' brand.

Both the Standard Range and Long Range versions of the A will be offered in three trim levels: 2, 3 and n. The 2 versions are priced from RMB 210,000 and RMB 230,000 repsectively before subsidies, equating to £23,920 and £26,200.

By contrast, the entry-level Model 3 is predicted to cost around £35,000 when it's eventually launched in the UK.

Geometry has already taken more than 27,000 orders for the A, of which around 67% have come from outside China, with buyers in Singapore, France and Norway.

Geely plans to launch 10 new electric models, including SUVs, saloons and MPVs, under the Geometry brand by 2025. These will use "exclusively developed platforms" and be sold through Geometry-specific distrubution channels.

Explaining the new brand's unusual name, Geely stated: "It gets its name from mathematical geometry, which emerged thousands of years ago to describe the world as humans saw it. The Geometry brand is Geely's vision of the future in which technology is used to create a sustainable environment and safe mobility, leading to a harmonious relationship between humanity and nature."

The Geely group also includes Geely, LEVC, Lotus, Lynk&Co, Polestar, Proton, Smart and Volvo. Hardware and technology could, therefore, be shared across these multinational brands. 

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12 April 2019

Hideously ugly, but if they really can do it for that price it will find a lot of homes,

That being said, the model 3 about to be turned out in China will be cheaper than present when they get going.

We will see.

12 April 2019

So around 15,000 orders mainly from Singapore, France and Norway, sorry but I just don't believe the French have been putting their Euro's down as a deposit for a car and brand that has only just been unveiled.

12 April 2019

So with poor packaging (look at that long bonnet and front overhang), dubious looks and a measly 160bhp powertrain it's supposed to be a Model 3 rival?This header is pure clickbait.

13 April 2019

 Looks likely that cars might come from China, Geely has three euro brands now and has turned these fortunes around, this Car isn’t ugly, it actually looks like a Car if you understand what I mean, even the inside is ok, it’s un Tesla looking.

15 April 2019

So it's an electric Volvo S40? That should have been launched months ago. I guess the SUV craze makes it much more profitable to launch The XC  in America and Europe and sedans which carry more prestige in Asia.

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