A new Geely compact SUV, expected to be the Chinese company’s first vehicle to launch in the European market, has been spotted testing in the Alps.
The heavily disguised prototype of the as-yet unnamed model is tellingly registered in Sweden, showing its links with Volvo.
Geely has owned Volvo since 2010, and has previously said that it wants to introduce a new brand – codenamed ‘L’ – in Europe, as a more budget-focused sister to the Swedish marque. This new compact SUV could be the first vehicle to represent that new brand.
Geely has worked with Volvo to create a new vehicle architecture called Compact Modular Architecture (CMA) platform, which will underpin the forthcoming Volvo XC40, and this new Geely compact SUV will share the same basis.
The CMA platform is itself based on a Ford design that was acquired by Volvo in 2010. Its usage is due to Geely’s desire to expand into Europe and the US following sluggish demand in the Chinese market.