Geely Philippines’ newest addition to its line-up is the Azkarra which was initially launched in March 2020 since its public launch event postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic, however, the new compact crossover is already being marketed in the Philippines.
The brand is one of the first automotive companies that hosted an online launch of a new car model which made headlines last May 2020.
The Azkarra combines high-tech features, a roomy interior, and a futuristic exterior design
The Azkarra sports an expanded version of Geely’s classic grille design. It has grown larger with more pronounced details to create a stronger impression. Its sharp, dynamic appearance is defined by muscle lines on the hood. The Azkarra rides on 18-inch alloys that match the vehicle’s powerful design.
The Azkarra gets LED headlamps that provide more illumination compared to normal halogen lights. The full-range 360-degree panoramic cameras are placed around the rear and front areas of the Azkarra’s exterior.
Expect nothing less than utmost sophistication from the Luxury variant of the Geely Azkarra. All seats are wrapped in premium Nappa leather detailed with clean lines. It is equipped with a panoramic sunroof with 100 percent shading efficiency, maximum anti-reflection, and increased UV protection. On top of the dashboard is the frameless interior mirror that dims automatically at night. Control buttons are designed seeming like a piano with tactile keys. Protecting the cabin is a C95 filter which is configured to block dust and other harmful particles from getting into the car.
Right on the center of the dashboard is a 12.3-inch HD touchscreen infotainment system that’s capable of playing music and movies, as well as display safety settings and exterior camera images.
Technology & Safety Features
The Azkarra is integrated with four wide-angle 360-degree panoramic cameras that are installed in tactical positions around the exterior. Both front and rear cameras cover a field view of up to 90 meters. The footage from the cameras is displayed on the infotainment panel of the car’s dashboard.
One of the primary safety features of the Azkarra is the electronic parking brake and auto hold. With just a push of a button, the vehicle can be put in total stop which is perfect for stop and go traffic situations or inclined roads.
Platform & Chassis
The Geely Azkarra Premium variant comes with a 1.5L Turbocharged 3-cylinder DOHC gasoline engine with a power output of 177 hp and 255 Nm of torque. Meanwhile, the Luxury variant is powered by a 1.5L Turbocharged 3-cylinder DOHC gasoline engine with an additional 48V EMS, which produces 190 hp and 300 Nm of torque. It can rev up from 0 to 100 km/h in less than 10 seconds.
Moreover, the Azkarra Luxury variant comes with added features such as real-time all-wheel-drive matched with the hill start assist and hill descent control technologies that provide more control and safety in inclined roads.
Engine & Drivetrain
Each of the Azkarra variants differ in transmission and drivetrain specifications. The Premium model’s 1.5L Turbocharged engine is connected to a 6-speed automatic transmission and a 2WD drivetrain. The Luxury model, on the other hand, has the same engine with an extra 48V EMS connected to a 7-speed wet dual-clutch and a 4WD drivetrain. Power from the 1.5L Turbocharged engine charges the 48V EMS battery which provides assistance of up to 10 kw (13 hp) and 50 Nm of torque, significantly improving the drive acceleration. Both variants can power through rough drives, inclines, and accelerated driving.
The Azkarra’s unique feature is a drive mode selector that enables the driver to shift between four drive mode, Comfort, Eco, Off-road, and Sport. You can select which drive mode you prefer through a quick turn of a dial.