Chinese Automobiles Portal drew attention to the patent images of the updated Geely Icon. The large crossover received an experimental design solution – a movable panel in the front, behind which the main headlight blocks are hidden. The system works as follows: when the engine is turned off, the panel is lifted up and completely covers the grille and headlights, and when the driver starts the engine, the panel moves down, “opening” the optics.
At the stern there is an element made in the same style, but it is motionless. Other changes include new bumpers and a revised headlight design. In addition, with the update, the crossover will get a 1.5-liter four-cylinder engine with a capacity of 181 horsepower. The same engine is predicted in the future for the Binyue compact cross and the Binrui sedan (Emgrand GT).
The Geely Icon has been on sale in China since March 2020 and is available with a non-alternative 1.5-liter “turbo” with 177 horsepower, which is also installed on the Volvo XC40 crossover. It is paired with a seven-speed “robot” and a 48-volt starter-generator or with a six-speed torque converter.
At the time Icon was launched on the market, it cost 115,800 yuan (almost $18,300 at the current exchange rate). The crossover is equipped with an IAPS climate system that can protect against coronavirus, a 10.25-inch virtual instrument panel, a touchscreen multimedia system screen of the same size and cruise control.