By Bennett Oghifo

Mikano International; Geely Autos exclusive partner in Nigeria, recently launched Geely Nigeria’s newest addition, the high-tech and most powerful crossover SUV – THE COOLRAY.

Geely Nigeria is committed to providing reliable, durable and high quality vehicles with premium features as a standard option to all Nigerians. Supported by the superior positioning of Mikano International in aftersales service and the reputation for quality products, customers of Geely Nigeria can rest assured with the MIKANO protective shield: nationwide best guarantee, lowest maintenance costs, guaranteed resale value and guaranteed best value for money. And there will be no exception with the Coolray.

The Coolray is the crossover SUV that stands out in its category. Its sporty personality is emphasized by slim full-LED daytime running lights, an expanding Cosmos radiator grille and a double rear spoiler with the “S” logo * in carbon finish, which emphasizes the eye-catching exterior. With 196mm of ‘best-in-class’ ground clearance for a smoother ride on bumpy and uneven roads, it’s the perfect addition to Nigerian roads.

The interior presents an enveloping cockpit with a smooth blend of comfort and technology. Standard dashboard made of soft black leather, ergonomic sport seats with real stitching, floating 10.25-inch full HD touchscreen, reversing camera and sensors, digital air conditioning, LED fog lights, engine starter with remote control, 17-inch diamond-cut Alloy wheels and a complete sports package (turbo engine with 7-speed automatic double clutch transmission, radiator grille in red, sporty bumpers front and rear, spoiler lip and diffuser in carbon fiber finish as well as side skirts and 4 functional chrome-plated exhaust pipes).

The extraordinary Coolray launch, held on May 27, 2021, revealed two trims – Dynamic GS and Sport plus GF; took place in Geely Nigeria’s flagship showroom in VI, Lagos.

Well-known KOLs and dignitaries took part in the well-attended event:

· The Cuban high priest

Chief Osita Iheme – MFR (Pawpaw)

Emmanuel Emenike- MON (international football player)

Rebecca Nengi Hampson (ex-BigBrotherNija member)

Mercy Eke (former winner BigBrother Nija)

At launch, it was revealed that the Coolray is powered by a class-leading 1.5-liter turbo GDI (gasoline direct injection) engine which, with 177 horsepower and 255 Nm of torque, produces almost twice the power of its entire class, compared to competitors in the Nigerian market . This engine with low fuel consumption (6.1 km per liter) is connected to a 7-speed dual clutch transmission with a wet cell. The engine developed jointly with VOLVO (Geely Holdings has owned VOLVO Autos since 2010) is shared by 90% of VOLVO powertrain suppliers and 10% of VOLVO approved suppliers who strictly adhere to Volvo standards.

The Coolray has performed admirably in other markets and has easily become a top seller among subcompact 5-seat crossover SUVs due to its design, performance and high-tech offering. With the launch in Nigeria, it was announced that prices for the Coolray will start at 13.5 million naira for the Dynamic GS (financing plans are available). There are 5 body colors available: white, silver, blue, orange and red (available with 2 color combinations).
Coolray details


From a remote-controlled motor starter to an electronic parking brake with an automatic hold function, the Coolray is equipped with high-tech functions for ease and comfort. The most fascinating of these is the G-pilot system, which includes the automatic parking assistant * (with levels of up to L2 autonomous driving), sensors and cameras around the car * for an additional feeling of alertness and safety, traction control on the mountain, cruise control and blind spot detection *.

The G-pilot system is complemented by the 10.25-inch color full HD infotainment system with floating touchscreen with an intelligent ecosystem that offers a real-time view of the vehicle in 3D * as well as an eagle-eye view * of the vehicle’s surroundings. The panel is also equipped with seamless connectivity and an easy-to-use multifunctional digital controller. This is supported by an exceptional soundstage, fully customizable sound system with real and pure surround sound.
Architecture and Powertrain

The Coolray is the leading model based on Geely’s signature modular B-segment architecture (BMA). The BMA is Geely’s world-leading architecture, which enables flexible and dynamic production and enables different vehicle styles to be built on this unique architecture. With the BMA, the Coolray can accommodate the latest and most advanced 1.5 Turbo GDI.

The 1.5 Turbo GDI, validated by Geely and Volvo, goes far beyond the industry standard – designed for a trouble-free service life of at least 15 years or 350,000 km, well above the industry standard of 10 years or 200,000 km. The Coolray uses an independent MacPherson front suspension system and torsion beam rear suspension that is responsive enough to minimize bumps on irregular and rough roads.

The heart of the Coolray is the 1.5-liter turbo engine, which generates energy that efficiently leads to an extraordinary, adrenaline-charged driving experience. 3 driving modes change the gear ratio, the damping control, the turbo boost and the steering stiffness. The acceleration of the Coolray reacts smoothly and without delay to the pedal pressure at low and high speeds. In Sport mode, the revs come faster and last longer, which means that the car’s full energy is transferred to the wheels for more driving fun.

* Motor picture and driving mode picture

Built to give a distinctive first impression, the design follows Coolray Geely’s latest “Accelerating through Time” aesthetic. The wing-shaped, chiseled waist complements the stylish “Wings of Time” taillights and underlines the extraordinary power inherent in the Coolray. An aggressive grille in the “expanding cosmos”, a front bumper and two-tone, turbine-inspired, diamond-cut sports rims correspond to the intensity and focus of this sporty machine. 4 functional chrome rear silencers and the fashionable carbon accents on the lip apron and the side mirrors * underline the performance look.

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A jet-inspired, enveloping cockpit and a D-shaped steering wheel with aluminum shift paddles * contribute to the sporty feeling inside the Coolray. The interior consists of 70% soft materials (for better sound and vibration isolation) and complements the cockpit design. Geely has also installed an ergonomic electronic gearbox for a perfect and soft ankle wrap to put the Coolray in action. The 7-inch LCD instrument panel and the elaborate ambient lighting add to the mood of the Coolray.

A combination of leather, chrome and brushed aluminum – surfaces with a beautiful color palette exude class, while the panoramic sliding roof offers an exquisite view of the landscape unfolding above the car.

** Interior image

The Coolray received a 5-star crash test rating in the NCAP global association. Its high-strength steel forms the basis of the G-Safety system, in addition to the high-strength energy-absorbing body that houses a comprehensive passive and active safety system that protects passengers and pedestrians. It is equipped with driver and front passenger airbags as well as side and head airbags * as standard. ISOFIX and child safety locks, fuel cutoff, automatic door unlocking, and collapsible telescopic steering column on impact (instead of pushing the steering column into the cab on impact, it collapses on itself, minimizing injuries to the floor and not into the cab), all help that Geely emphasizes safety in all of its vehicles.
The judgment

The Coolray is a package of exceptional safety, technology and performance in contemporary style. The design, comfort and seamless driving experience indicate Geely’s growth and extensive research and development over the past decade, which has given the company access to one of the world’s leading automotive brands. With the exclusive partnership of Mikano International, the Coolray and all other Geely Nigeria models offer a value proposition of:

· Best in the country 150,000 km / 5 year guarantee

· Easy access to financing options

· Lowest maintenance costs and quickly available original parts

· First-class after-sales service with round-the-clock breakdown assistance and mobile service

Guaranteed resale value (via trade-in option up to 5 years depreciation)

Guaranteed best price-performance ratio (quality / price ratio taking into account quality and technological features and further developments)

· The worry-free protective shield from Mikano International.

* Coolray Sport Plus GF trim strips only

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