Chinese carmaker Geely has revealed its most compelling new model yet, in the form of the new GC9 sedan.
Representing a significant leap beyond the dowdy looks of the brand’s most recent offerings, this new sedan is the work of former Volvo design boss Peter Horbury.
Horbury is known most recently for his work on the 2011 ‘Universe’ concept and, while it is clear that design no longer represents the future of Volvo, its key styling showpiece can be seen in this new Geely.
Dominating the face of the new GC9 sedan is a version of the Universe’s broad grille, characterised by a tunnel-like series of smaller loops framing the Geely badge.
There is little else to the GC9’s design that connects this new sedan to the Horbury’s earlier Volvo concept, although inspiration from other brands can be seen, including the likes of Ford and Hyundai.
Geely says the new sedan’s design is inspired “by jet fighters and supercars, and the empowering stance of cheetahs at high speed”.
For the interior, Horbury says he looked to classic Chinese icons for inspiration, including the nation’s uniquely designed stone bridges.
“[These themes] were integrated into the dashboard and central area to define smooth clear lines to separate key content areas via gentle curving lines that meet Peter's goal of creating a light yet elegant interior,” Horbury says.
The GC9, Horbury’s first work as Chief Designer with Volvo parent Geely, is expected to hit markets in the coming months as the brand’s top-shelf model.
The new design language will also appear with more new Geely models over the coming year, with design studios in Sweden, Barcelona, California, Hangzhou and Shanghai all working under Horbury’s guidance.
Technical details are still to be revealed, although reports suggest the GC9 is based on Volvo's S60, with power provided by a V6 petrol engine.
An Australian debut is still to be confirmed, although the company is known to be planning an expansion beyond its current Western Australia-only availability.
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