Geely heralded its Philippine comeback with the Coolray in 2019, a relative newcomer in the fiercely competitive subcompact crossover segment.
Among the selling points of the model were its Euro-inspired aesthetics, futuristic-looking interior, class-exclusive features, and a small yet potent powertrain.
Fast-forward to a year later, and the Geely Coolray has risen to become a formidable contender in its class, posting sales of 205 units in October as Geely’s most recent achievement.
The model began to make its mark with 154 units sold in June 2020, higher than any of its rivals. It then beat its own record with 263 Coolrays rolling off the dealerships the following month.
In the year following its debut, the Coolray has received rave reviews from satisfied customers who were initially drawn to the crossover’s quirky name and design, eventually being won over by its arsenal of class-exclusive features.
Coolray owner Albert Agustin has this to say, “Pagtingin mo pa lang sa Coolray, alam mo na ang ganda. So, combine that with a test drive experience talaga, doon ka mapapa-bilib na Coolray is really worth it.”
The stunningly good looks are only part of the reason for the Coolray's strong sales
(When you glance at the Coolray, it looks really good. Combined with a test drive experience, you’ll really be impressed as the Coolray is really worth it).
Fellow Coolray owner EJ Ocampo recommends the Coolray as an ideal vehicle for people like him with starter families. “I can recommend this car. It’s bang for the buck, packed with features, and it’s fun to drive,” he said.
Owners rave about the Coolray's upscale-looking interior
OPM legend Ric Blanco also works as Geely’s brand ambassador, but even before he became the carmaker’s pitchman, he had already taken a chance on the top-spec Coolray Sport. “Fortunately, I read about the launch of Geely in the Philippines and this model called Coolray,” he shares. According to Blanco, he had been searching for three months for the ideal car, before being blown away by the Coolray’s interior and price.
“I drove around the driveway onto the streets ng driveway namin. Pagtapak ko ng silinyador sa street, sabi ko okay na ako. Eto na yun. I’m sold”, he adds.
(I drove around the driveway onto the streets. When I pressed the accelerator, I thought, ‘This is it. I’m sold.’)
Geely brand ambassador Rico Blanco could not believe the Coolray's features for the price
Even the industry is taking notice, with C! Magazine bestowing Subcompact Crossover of the Year honors on the Coolray at the 16th C! Awards in November 2020. Even the Coolray’s bigger Azkarra sibling was judged Compact Crossover of the Year in the same event.
Available in three variants (Comfort, Premium, and Sport), the Coolray is helping Geely shed the stigma previously associated with Chinese cars, and Filipino car buyers are taking notice.
“This proves that more and more people are taking notice of the value that Geely brings to its consumers,” according to Mikihisa Takayama, President & CEO of Sojitz G Auto Philippines (SGAP), Geely’s authorized distributor in the country. “We are happy that with the good market reception in the past year, our efforts are paying off.”
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Know more about Geely Coolray
The Geely Coolray is a subcompact crossover that recently entered the Philippine automotive market. This model comes in three variants which are the Comfort Turbo, the Premium Turbo, and the Sport Turbo. Physically, all variants are the same size at 4,300 mm long, 1,800 mm wide, and 1,609 mm tall. The engine across all variants is a 1.5 liter 3-cylinder turbocharged gasoline with a power output of 177 hp and 255 Nm of torque. It also features LED daytime running lights and headlights for the top-of-the-line Sport variant. The Coolray’s cabin is decked in black and accented with red design details on the dashboard and the seats. It also comes with 10.25-inch touchscreen infotainment that sits at the center of the car. For additional safety and convenience, the Geely Coolray has a park assist feature and a 360-degree camera view.
Joseph Paolo Estabillo
Joseph has been a member of various car clubs since he got his driver's license in 2004 – old enough to remember riding in taxicabs with analog meters, but his fascination with cars goes way back. After nearly two decades of working in broadcast media, he shifted gears by coming on board as Philkotse’s first Filipino member and staff writer in 2017.
Apart from his role in Philkotse, Joseph has written episodes for Drive, which has been airing on CNN Philippines for five seasons running. He has also delivered content for various car dealerships based in the U.S., spanning multiple brands such as Alfa Romeo, Maserati, Jeep, Dodge, among others.
Keeping his hopes high and his revs low, he dreams about owning a Kei car when he retires. Hates slow parkers.