BH CORRESPONDENT, Kolkata: With global scare about coronavirus possibly impacting people, various dos and don’ts have been published as pre-emptive measures of how to avoid getting it. Then you have suppliers for filter masks and hand sanitisers having a field day in sales. Now, a carmaker from China claims that it has a solution for filtering unwanted germs or viruses in the cars with air-conditioning systems including coronavirus.
Geely Auto, the Chinese parent company of Volvo and Lotus that is also eyeing India as a prospective market has recently launched its all-new SUV called the Icon (not to be confused with ford’s Ikon) with a newly developed Intelligent Air Purification System (IAPS) which the manufacturer claims is N95 certified, meaning that it is capable of blocking 95 % of diseases-armed airborne particles.
First showcased as a concept model at the 2018 Beijing Auto Show, for the production model, Geely claims that buyers are assured a safe journey through the disease-struck Chinese streets where it has received 30K bookings.
The SUV in question is a hybrid and the manufacture claims that it is the first in its segment to have a 48V mild hybrid system (usually this is a premium segment feature). The electric system is paired with a 1.5-litre turbo-charged engine that offers 184 bhp of power and 255 Nm of torque. The electric motors add 10 kWh power and 45 Nm of torque giving a total output of 140 kWh and 300 Nm. Power is channeled by seven-speed dual-clutch transmission. And performance is brisk with 0-100 km/h sprint in 7.9 seconds. The car has a claimed fuel efficiency of 17.5 km/l.
The Icon is offered with semi-autonomous driving capabilities and aspirational feature packaging like white and brown leather with contrast stitching, two 10.25in touchscreens comprising of one-half of the dashboard, AC vents shaped like infinity symbol, flat-bottomed steering wheel. Infotainment will carry a host of driver-assisted systems like intelligent cruise control, 360-degree camera view and one-button automatic parking.