On February 23, Geely Auto launched its new Galaxy Series. The first car of the series is the Galaxy L7, and today we take a good look at this new PHEV SUV for the Chinese car market. The L7 has a striking design with split headlights and a two-tone paint job.
Geely calls Galaxy “a new high-end electrified product series”. So it is not a new brand or even a sub-brand, but a series under the Geely brand. They are branded as Geely Galaxy (吉利银河, Jílì Yínhé). As always, ambitions are sky-high. Or galaxy high, perhaps. In the next two years, Geely Galaxy plans to launch seven new models.
These models are further divided into two “ranges”. The L-range for PHEVs and the E-range for EVs. Why keep it simple when you can make it complicated? Ask Geely. They know. Anyway. Four of the seven new cars will be PHEVs and three will be EVs. These are the L9 large SUV, the L7 mid-size SUV, the L6 sedan, the L5 crossover, the E6 crossover, the E7 SUV, and the E8 sedan. Somewhat confusing, all Galaxy cars (L-range and E-range) will be based on a new platform called E-CMA.
The Galaxy series gets a restyled version of the Geely logo.
The first Galaxy car is the L7. As the name implies, it is of the L-range, so it is a PHEV. So easy to remember, is it not? Size: 4700/1905/1685, with a 2785 wheelbase.
The L7 has big black wheel arches that mask the relatively small wheels. The roof and pillars are black. The door handles surprise me for two reasons: 1. they are conventional door handles instead of pop-out door handles. 2. they seem very large.
The Galaxy L7 is powered by a new NordThor Hybrid 8848 powertrain, combining a 1.5 turbo petrol engine with a 3-speed dedicated hybrid transmission (DHT) and one or two electric motors. The former gets front-wheel drive, the latter four-wheel drive. Combined output of the front-wheel drive version is 390 hp and combined output of the four-wheel drive version is a massive 663 hp. That makes it the most powerful Geely-branded car ever. And the second-most powerful vehicle of the Geely Group. Only the Lotus Eletre R has more power. For the front-wheel drive version, Geely claims a top speed of 200 km/h, a 0-100 in 7.5 seconds, a fuel consumption of 5.23L/100km, and a driving range of 1370 kilometers.
The interior with an egg-shaped steering wheel and three screens: a 10.25 inch instrument panel, a 13.2 inch central touch screen, and a 16.2 inch screen for the passenger. The central touch screen is angled towards the driver. The L7 is furthermore equipped with a HUD. The center tunnel is clean as snow without any button or switch. It has a wireless charging pad for two smartphones.
The drive selector is mounted at the steering wheel column.
The cockpit runs on the Galaxy N-Operating System, powered by Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 8155 vehicle chip.
Geely has not disclosed very much about the L7’s autonomous driving capabilities. There are not many visible sensors on the vehicle; no roof-mounted lidar and not that many cameras. Geely has said that the Galaxy series will use Geely’s own Geespace satellite network for autonomous driving in the future. This network will eventually have 72 satellites.
The light bar is a beauty with the Geely name illuminated in the middle.
The Geely Galaxy L7 will have its public debut at the 2023 Shanghai Auto Show next month, with a launch on the Chinese car soon thereafter. A pretty and impressive car, but perhaps one too many in the ever-expanding lineup of Geely brands, sub-brands, series, and ranges.
Images via: Autohome.