South Africa's most affordable crossover vehicle has now set its sights on proving that a low price tag does not automatically relegate you to the slow lane.
Geely has just introduced a more powerful version of its LC Cross hatchback. The GX2 model features a 1.5-litre petrol engine that's 20 percent more powerful than the 1.3-litre version, which continues to be offered as a more affordable alternative.
The bigger 16-valve unit pushes 75kW at 5800rpm and 136Nm of twist between 2800 and 3400rpm. According to Geely, it'll consume 7.3 litres per 100km on the combined cycle, equating to CO2 emissions of 169g/km.
The GX2 1.5 is priced at R109 990 and standard kit includes air conditioning, power steering, a CD/USB audio system, electric windows and mirrors and remote central locking.
On the safety front, it offers ABS brakes and dual front airbags.
On the outside, the GX2 is set apart by 14-inch alloy wheels, fog lights, a rear spoiler and roof rails, while a 160mm ground clearance should give it some immunity against rugged road surfaces.
Optional accessories include leather seats, stone guard protection and a cover for the tailgate-mounted spare wheel.
Back-up comes in the form of a three-year/100 000km factory warranty and AA Roadside Assistance.