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OMODA IN THE HOUSE — Chinese SUV may change Phl EV landscape


The Omoda 5 will be competing with models like the Geely Coolray, MG ZST and Honda HR-V.

THE Omoda 5 will possibly use the 1.5-liter gas turbo engine with 145 hp and 230 Nm of torque. Other markets have a 1.6-liter gas turbo option. | PHOTOGRAPH COURTESY OF Omoda

The automotive landscape in the Philippines is set to witness a significant change with the introduction of the Omoda 5, a compact SUV from Chery International’s brand, Omoda.

Scheduled to arrive in October 2023, the Omoda 5 is poised to make a statement in the competitive market, offering both electric and non-electric versions.

The introduction of the Omoda 5 in the Philippines is part of this broader strategy, and the vehicle’s features, pricing, and performance are aligned to meet the specific demands of the local market.

The Omoda 5 will be competing with models like the Geely Coolray, MG ZST and Honda HR-V.

OMODA 5 EV will likely be offered early 2024, soon after the brand launches the petrol version. | PHOTOGRAPH COURTESY OF Omoda

To maintain competitiveness, the pricing is expected to be under P1.5 million for the non-electric version, while the electric version, known as the Omoda 5 EV, is rumored to be priced below the P2 million range.

The vehicle’s futuristic design and intelligent technology are evident in its dimensions: 4.4 meters long by 1.8 meters wide.

It is powered by a 1.5L TCI engine with a maximum power of 145 hp and 230 Nm of torque. The 9-speed CVT transmission with an electronic shifter ensures smooth driving, and the front-wheel drive with multi-driving modes (Eco/Sport) offers versatility.

The Omoda 5 EV, meanwhile, retains a similar shape to its non-electric counterpart but carries a sharper and more aggressive look. The absence of a gasoline engine enables the grill design to be smoother and sleeker in appearance, aligning with the young, tech-oriented theme that the brand aims to project. The vehicle has also achieved a 5-star safety rating in the European New Car Assessment Programme, reflecting a safety-conscious design.

In terms of features, the Omoda 5 EV is designed with advanced technology, including a 16-function active-safety suite, a 360-degree camera, a heads-up display, power-adjustable seats with heating and ventilation, wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, an 8-speaker Sony sound system, and multiple charging options.

These features are expected to resonate with tech-savvy consumers in the Philippines.

Performance-wise, the Omoda 5 EV is powered by a permanent magnet synchronous motor with a liquid cooling system, estimated to produce around 204 PS and 400 Nm of torque.

It can travel between 300 to 450 kilometers on a full charge, offering flexibility and convenience for daily commuting and long-distance travel.

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