By Theodore Opara
It is the talk of the town in the Nigeria auto industry at the moment for many reasons. First, it has a head turning and exciting design. Secondly, it is the best-looking mid-size SUV from China that has settled in Nigeria and thirdly it has an amazing power that makes it the envy of other sport utility vehicles in its class.
This is how people see the all new Azkarra Sport Utility Vehicle introduced into the Nigerian market by Geely Motors, a member of the Mikano Group of Company in Nigeria.
The Azkarra’s outstanding quality comes from its conception and the quality of materials used in the production of the car.
According to Ralph Haidar, General Manager, Geely Nigeria: “Geely used the same international suppliers (for hardware and softwares) as European, American, Korean and Japanese automaker. This includes suppliers like Bosch, Continental, Valeo, Autoliv, Sachs, General Electric to mention but a few. This has made the Azkarra the SUV to beat in its class.
Azkarra’s masterful ideation combines premium finishing with the latest technological advancements to deliver ultimate driving experience.”
As Geely puts it, “from conception to completion, the Azkarra has been meticulously crafted to distinguish its presence on and off the road. Unique in every sense Azkarra comes with a lot of eye catching features such as two sporty functional exhaust and rear air diffusers, auto-fold side mirrors with LED signal indicators, rear LED lights – with dynamic signals, as well as full LED headlights. Inside the Azkarra is beauty personified. Azkarra humanised space is designed to enhance the driving experience for both driver and passengers. The twilight full panoramic sunroof, largest in its segment welcomes you with brightness.”
“And as you settle down in the luxury seat, you are confronted with the ambient lighting with 42 different colours while the dial pad drive mode selector, set-throttle inspired electronic gear shift and wireless charging pad (Apple and Android) gives you the feeling on luxury you are about enjoy. This is in addition to 12.3’’ HD Colour Central infotainment panel, also the largest in its segment. 360 degrees camera view plus 3D mode for enhanced driving safety dual front airbags, side and curtain airbags, Anti-lock Braking System (ABS)m Electronic Brakeforce Distribution, EBD, Brake Assist System, Electronic Stability Control, ESC, Traction Control System, Plus Speed Linuter, Hill Descent Control and Front and rear Parking assist system assure that the driver is always in control of the Azkarra.
Passive safety-wise, the Azkarra is well endowed Isofix child seat, over-speeding warning, seat belt reminder for occupied seats, front and rear three point safety seat belts, speed sensitive automatic door locking system, collapse energy absorbing steering column, fuel system collision safety cut-off, central lock, immobilizer, burglar aid hood lit warning alarm, all work together to ensure safety of occupants in the case of accident.
For putting all these in place, Azkarra holds a five star NCAP rating for international standard safety.
Azkarra is not only about beautiful design and array of unique features, it delivers powerful punch at the slightest touch of the throttle.
“The Azkarra is reliable and versatile, the perfect companion for daily use in all weather conditions. It is ideal choice for family adventures and long road trips”says Mr. Haidar.
Equipped with state-of-the-art-All-Wheel Drive (AWD) system and a multi-disc clutch that automatically redistributes torque between the front and rear wheels.
Azkarra is powered by the innovative 48V EMS (Electric Motor System) mild hybrid system, which includes a drive starter-generator, a converter, a 48-volt lithium-ion batter and a recuperation unit. In certain driving modes, the system improves the acceleration dynamics of the car, due to additional torque (+50Nm) and also provides up to 15 per cent fuel economy. This is a technology developed and used by Volvo.
When the Azkarra is stopped, the engine is turned off in order to save fuel (keep the basic functions of the car working such as air conditioning, listening to device and lighting). At launch, the electric motor gives 225Nm of torque at speed of 1,000rpm ensuring an instant restart of the engine.
The Azkarra’s power comes from 190/550 horsepower engine which is equivalent to 3000cc and torque of 300/1500-4000rpm. This engine equipped with a seven speed dual clutch transmission and 4WD drivetrain accelerate from 0-100 speed in 9.88 seconds.