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MIAS 2023: Geely previews the GX3 Pro subcompact crossover

Expect the vehicle to be priced anywhere from P700,000 to P800,000

The GX3 is Geely's entry into the subcompact crossover market. PHOTO BY SAM SURLA

If you thought that crossovers were getting too pricey, Geely has just revealed an option that can seriously sneak in for well under P1,000,000 at the 2023 Manila International Auto Show. Called the GX3 Pro (X3 in China), it’s a subcompact crossover with conservative styling, but with fairly large dimensions.

The car has enough flair to look sporty without going overboard. PHOTOS BY ANDY LEUTERIO

Measuring 4,005mm long, 1,760mm wide, and 1,560mm tall with a 2,480mm wheelbase, the GX3 Pro is a five-seater that will compete with the Toyota Raize and the Kia Stonic.

Highlights of the GX3 Pro are the Emgrand-esque grille, eyelash-type DRLs, mildly retro-ish eight-spoke alloy wheels, and a roof spoiler.

Analog gauges, a touchscreen, and wow, a stick shift! PHOTOS BY ANDY LEUTERIO

The cockpit gets a sporty D-cut steering wheel with traditional analog gauges, but an infotainment screen atop the dashboard. Fabric upholstery and a lot of plastic are used for this budget ride, but it still gets automatic climate control.

The 1.5-liter four-banger is shared with the Emgrand sedan. PHOTO BY ANDY LEUTERIO

Its 1.5-liter, naturally aspirated in-line-four is rated at 102hp and 142Nm. Two transmission options will be offered: a five-speed manual or a CVT.

Final pricing and specifications have yet to be finalized, but Geely Philippines is targeting a formal launch by midyear, with pricing in the P700,000 to P800,000 range.

Geely's other offerings are also on display. PHOTOS BY SAM SURLA

You can inspect it and the rest of the automaker’s lineup at the ongoing MIAS 2023 at the World Trade Center in Pasay City.

Andy Leuterio

Andy is both an avid cyclist and a car enthusiast who has finally made the shift to motorcycles. You've probably seen him on his bicycle or motorbike overtaking your crawling car. He is our motorcycle editor and the author of the ‘Quickshift’ column.