A Cheap Cheerful Crossover



LAST year Geely launched the LC, a cute and cheerful entry-level car for first-time buyers and those on a budget.

More recently they launched the LC Cross, which panders to the fast growing demand for Crossover vehicles, which combine hatchback qualities with the look of a Sport-Utility Vehicle.

 The LC Cross certainly looks like a funky little car packed with attitude – and Geely has also slapped an attractive price tag on it. On the outside the LC Cross boasts butcher styling cues and much like you’d find on an authentic off-roader, the spare wheel has even been placed on the tailgate.

The LC Cross is powered by a normally aspirated 1.3-litre engine, which has an output of 63-Kilowatts and 110 Newton metres of torque. This is paired to a five-speed manual transmission. As with most models from Chinese manufacturers, the LC Cross is generously equipped despite its entry-level price tag.

They’ve thrown in toys like park distance control, electric windows front and rear, air-conditioning and a four-speaker audio system. The range-topping GT model has six airbags – the other offerings in the range get front driver and passenger airbags. All models come with anti-lock brakes as standard, in addition to electronic brake force distribution.

Fitting in with is cool and funky persona, the Geely LC Cross is available with an interesting colour chart. The choices include Lemon Green, Lucky Red, Fashion Orange and Wheat Yellow. It’s also quite interesting to note that the LC Cross is totally unique to the South African market – and Geely is right when they say that there is no other offering on sale like this, in the price range.

And the price is certainly quite remarkable. Things start off at just R91 990 for the LS Cross GS model. The middle-range GL specification costs R97 990 and the range-topping, fully loaded GT model, with six airbags and park distance control is R104 990.

Included in the price is a 3-year/100 000 kilometre mechanical warranty with roadside assistance from the Automobile Association


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