Geely Emgrand EC718 caught testing in Dubai

Geely Emgrand EC718 caught testing in Dubai

So I was driving along Garhoud Bridge in Dubai a few days ago, and a seemingly mid-size sedan bearing light camouflage caught my attention. Like any other car enthusiast I was eager to find out what it was and soon got involved in a brief chase with the unknown driver of the unknown car. Though the chase did not help me get a clue of what brand the car possibly belonged to, I succeeded in taking a few pictures of the car. And as it turned out, what I chased was a Geely Emgrand EC718.

The Geely Emgrand EC718 is probably the Chinese manufacturer’s first product that boasts an in-house design and independent engineering, contrary to their routine feat of imitating cars rolling from almost every car manufacturer on this planet – right from Toyota to Rolls Royce. They classify the car as a competitor to Corolla, which makes it a player in the compact car segment despite the near mid-size dimensions. The Emgrand EC718 is powered by Geely’s own self-developed 1.8-litre D-CVVT gasoline engine good for about 137 hp at 6200 rpm and 172 Nm torque at 4200 rpm.

The regular folks in our forums have already seen the pictures of the car and some even guessed the origins of the car right. But none could identify the car until from nowhere appeared our internet guru-cum-chief editor Mashfique with findings suggesting that it was a Dacia X-52 prototype. However, he also discovered that the model is already being sold as a Geely in some parts of the world. And this ‘never-heard-before’ relationship between Romanian Dacia and Chinese Geely is what prompted me to do some further research on this car.

The hot-weather testing in Dubai hints at Geely’s intentions of launching the Emgrand in GCC. Prices will be cheaper than a lawn-mover. And their relationship with Dacia? Well, it was some weird joke by some loser in some part of the world who was jobless enough to photoshop an official teaser of the Emgrand, replacing the Geely badge on the front grille with that of Dacia.

What do you think?



  1. Guruji Mash….. LOL

  2. The rear looks like a mix of the new civic and mercedes s-class. I have yet to come with the front.

  3. Feels like history repeats itself 1 way or the other… I feels like Hyundai in the early 90s..

  4. Guys, the new camry 2012 has been teased recently by Toyota CEO, check out the video

  5. I highly doubt that the 1.8 litre is Geely’s self-developed motor. 🙂 It may come from another manufacturer, my guess is that it will be coming from Mitsubishi 🙂

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