- Geely Auto’s first model based on Compact Modular Architecture (CMA), Tugella launched
- High performance 2.0T available with a record 0-100km/h of 6.9s
10 May 2019, Hangzhou Bay, Ningbo. Geely Auto’s highly anticipated sports Coupe SUV, Tugella, officially launched at Geely Auto’s first production facility dedicated to producing Compact Modular Architecture (CMA) based vehicles.
6.9s to 100km/h – Powerful and Efficient – Made for Drivers
Geely Auto has utilized the world-class CMA architecture developed at the China Euro Vehicle Technology Centre (CEVT) in Gothenburg, laying the foundation for Geely’s Global Industry 4.0 product development system. By using the industry-leading CMA, Geely Auto is set to launch new global products that meet the standards of luxury vehicles with the first being the Tugella.
Kicking off the launch of Tugella, Geely Holding Group President and Geely Auto Group President and CEO, An Conghui said “As the leading Chinese auto brand, Geely’s goal is to fully participate in the global market and become one of the top automotive groups in the world. In order to achieve this goal, we will comprehensively implement our “Global Refined Car Development Strategy,” transitioning from the creation of China’s refined cars to the creation of world-renowned refined cars. Geely has entered the era of modular manufacturing and have developed four industry-leading modular vehicle architectures, BMA, CMA, SPA, and the pure electric PMA to ensure we maintain an intergenerational leading edge for over the next decade. These cutting-edge core technologies will become the driving force for Geely to become a world-class brand.”
The Tugella is able to utilize a variety of high-performance and efficient power train systems. Among them is Geely’s high-performance 2.0TD four-cylinder engine which is based on Volvo Car technology. The 2.0TD meets the world’s most stringent emissions standards, including Euro 6d, while offering a maximum power of 175KW and peak torque of 350 N·m, matched with an 8-speed Aisin automatic transmission. This powertrain combination allows the Tugella to accelerate up to 100km/h in 6.9s, making it one of the most powerful Coupe SUV on the market.
Redefining the Driving Experience
Thanks to the excellent chassis adjustment performed on the CMA and the application of precise control configurations, the Tugella is able to achieve a balance between sportiness and comfort. The Coupe SUV uses MacPherson front suspension and multi-link independent rear suspension.
Through the use of BorgWarner’s electro-hydraulic four-wheel drive system, the Tugella is able to intelligently switch between two and four wheel drive, which as an added bonus that allows the Tugella to achieve better fuel economy than a full-time four wheel drive model. Using an industry leading centrifugal electric hydraulic pump, the system is able to achieve a maximum torque distribution between front and rear wheel of 50:50. The four wheel drive system enables the Tugella to perform well in any road condition.
Precise control is helped by a RD-EPS electronic power steering system, with a full turn radius of 2.7 rotations. An ASG intelligent variable intake grille helps reduce wind resistance, improves engine temperature control and AC heating system by actively adjusting the grille to improve vehicle performance, fuel economy, and interior comfort.
The Tugella comes with 20 inch Goodyear Eagle F1 Summer tires with a large 322*28mm front disc brake that gives the model a 100km/h braking distance of just 35.3m.
Comprehensive Intelligent Safety
In terms of safety, Tugella inherits and improves on Geely’s “safety identification circle” technologies. The Tugella comes with 22 exterior sensors, allowing it to intelligently drive with features such as ICC Intelligent Cruise Control, Full Speed ACC Adaptive Cruise Control, LKS Lane Keeping System, etc.
Parking has been made easier with an APA automatic park assist system developed by Bosch, which can automatically scan for parking spots and park the Tugella with a push of a button. Along with 360° HD panoramic imaging system, parking has never been easier.
Three dimensional safety is achieved with intelligent features such as AEB-P automatic emergency brakes with pedestrian identification, RCW rear collision warning, SLIF speed limit identification, LCA lane change assist, etc. The Tugella is equipped to protect those inside, as well as outside.
Capturing “The Moment” in Design
The Tugella adopts a design concept based around “The Moment,” which draws inspiration from the dynamic moments in life and nature. Thanks to the flexibility and scalability of the CMA, Tugella is able to have a shorter front and rear overhang with an aspect ratio of only 0.87. The low center of gravity design gives the Coupe SUV a tense body posture like a wildcat ready to pounce.
As a driver-oriented model, the Tugella uses Geely’s newest all-black badge. The narrow and wide expanding universe grille is surround by a red rim, giving the model a sporty edge. From the side, a streamlined fastback style can be seen. The tail lamps are connected with a straight chrome strip making the model look wider from the back.
Inside, the Tugella adopts a driver-oriented interior design. The asymmetric layered dashboard adopts a flying wing design with a large central infotainment panel tilted slightly towards the driver. The layering allows for the placement of ambient mood lighting which changes based on the driver’s desire. In addition, embossed black air vents, origami inspired door panels, electronic gear shifts, and other unique details come together to create a highly personalized sporty driver centric cabin.
Speaking at the launch, Vice President of Geely Design China, Guy Burgoyne said “Capturing “The Moment” within our broader “Accelerating through Time” design aesthetic, Tugella’s design inspiration comes from those dynamic moments found throughout the cosmos and in nature. Fluid in its movements, a shape full of potential, and with extreme care paid to details, this is the premium Sports Coupe SUV we set out to create. We hope that you see the Tugella as not just a car, but something young customers dream of. When you’re in the Tugella, you’re in “The Moment.”