In April 2019, Geely unveiled the Preface Concept, a stylish sports sedan based on the Compact Modular Architecture (CMA) jointly developed with Volvo.
The Geely Preface has now reached the production stage and is showcased by the Chinese automaker in the first official photos. For now, we only get to see the exterior but it won’t be long until Geely will uncover the cabin too since the model will launch in the fourth quarter of 2020.
The Preface is the brand’s second model to be underpinned by the Geely-Volvo jointly developed CMA platform, following the Xing Yue crossover coupe (previously known as the FY11).
Compared to the concept car, the Geely Preface production model is obviously toned down. It no longer features suicide doors and rearview cameras, while the lights and bumpers have been slightly modified. Mind you, the sporty and elegant proportions stay largely the same and somewhat remind of Volvo’s current sedans. The production car also retains Geely’s ‘cosmos grille’, which features a stronger and wider shape than its first version introduced in 2015.
“We have strived to retain many of the aspects of the Preface Concept sedan that we showed in 2019, and with added feedback from Geely Auto users and our global fans we have retained many aspects, and also introduced several improvements to the production Preface,” says Guy Burgoyne, Geely Design Shanghai Vice President. “This is a vehicle that reflects our continued growth and our commitment to users.”
Geely will announce the powertrain lineup for the Preface sedan, as well as other details, in due course. A 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder gasoline engine looks like a safe bet, including electrified variants.
As with the Xing Yue launched in mid-2019 and soon heading for global markets, the Preface will first launch in China and later in other countries around the world. The Geely Preface will be made at the Hangzhou Bay plant in China.