Volvo’s parent company, Geely, really stepped up its game in China with the launch of the all-new Geely Bo Rui GE. The Bo Rui (pronounced “bow-ray”) does more than represent a new chapter for Geely, however. It also represents a new chapter for Volvo, since it’s one of the first vehicles to make use of Volvo’s all-new PHEV and MHEV technology.
That’s because the new Bo Rui is built using the same CMA architecture found in the award-winning Volvo XC40. That’s significant for us here in the US, too, because it’s our first glimpse at the brand-wide electrification that’s set to happen from 2019 on.
The MHEV– or, Mild Hybrid Electric Vehicle— makes use of a 48-volt belt-driven starter generator (BSG) that is linked to a small battery mounted in the rear. Along with a 1.5 liter turbocharged 3-cylinder serving up 177 HP, this system delivers a maximum output of 190 HP and 220 TQ. That’s good enough for a 0-60 sprint in the mid 8-second range and a tick better than 40 MPG.
In both the Geely and upcoming Volvo MHEVs, the BSG also plays a part in the stop-start system, energy recovery when braking, and while coasting to charge up the battery. Keep in mind, though, it’s just a “mild” hybrid, so the car relies on its gas engine, using the electric motor as a “power booster” when needed to simulate a larger engine.
We’ll cover that mild hybrid system in more depth later on, however. For now, I’m just going to sit back and admire the new Geely Bo Rui GE for all its pretty lines, innovative interior, and sexy, sexy headlights. What about you guys? Do you think the Bo Rui is as good-looking as I do? Check out the photo gallery and video I’ve presented here, then let us know in the comments section.