Not long ago Chinese automotive products were seen as cheap copies of previous models of well-known brands.
Over the last couple of years however product offerings and quality from these manufacturers has improved tenfold. The Emgrand EC7, produced by Geely is certainly one of these. With exceptional value for money this new model, which was launched in SA in May is a medium sized car with a host of features that will put many of the better known makes to shame, all at an incredible price.
Available in two models (GL Luxury and GT Executive), the Emgrand EC7 feature active and passive safety features including ABS with EDB, driver and front passenger airbags, side impact beams as well as pre-tensioners with force limiters on the front seatbelts. An intelligent reversing sensor ensures ease of parking, particularly in tight situations. This warns the driver of the proximity of vehicles or stationary objects at the rear of the car. An audible speed warning also warns the driver when exceeding the speed limit on the open road (120km/hr).
Both models feature an 1800 102kw 4 cylinder DOHC engine. Braking is provided by a Bosch 8.1 four-wheel disc brake system ensuring smooth stopping even in emergency situations. A high level brake light provides early warning of braking by following vehicles.
The Emgrand EC 7 is the first Chinese passenger car to achieve five stars in the Chinese NCAP collision test and four out of five stars in the stringent European NCAP test.
With this high level of specifications, comfort has not been compromised. The full leather ergonomically designed seats in both models ensure the driver and passengers travel in absolute comfort on long journeys or commuting in the city.
The six speakers sound system ensures occupants can choose between a variety of radio stations or cd’s available at the push of a button. A GPS system is available as an option on both cars which also features a reverse camera with a screen built into the radio face.
Remote entry and full electric windows and door locking ensure ease of entry with added security. The powerful air conditioning-with auto automatic temperature settings on the GT Executive ensure ideal climate control at all times.
The GT also has electric seat mechanisms as well as an electric sunroof as standard equipment.
All in all this new offering from Geely meets the criteria of being an extremely comfortable and spacious medium sized passenger car, with many attributes that far more expensive models do not have.