There's a new seven-seater in town and it's from Geely.
After launching the Coolray and Azkarra crossovers, Sojitz G Auto Philippines (SGAP), the official distributor of Geely cars in the country, has officially launched the all-new Okavango.
It serves as the automaker's first-ever seven-seater and will be available in two distinct variants – Comfort and Urban. Named after Bostwana's inland delta of the same name, Geely claims the 2021 Okavango will offer a 'wonderfully distinct' vehicle that will make a mark in the local seven-seater market.
Starting with its looks, the Okavango gets a sleek look thanks to a pair of LED headlights, large 'Expanding Cosmos' front grille, muscular fenders, wraparound LED taillights, and a stylish tailgate. The Urban version rolls on 18-inch alloy wheels, while the Comfort gets a set of 17-inch alloys.
Size-wise, the 2021 Okavango is 4835mm long, 1900mm wide, and 1785mm tall. It also has a generous 2815mm wheelbase which should translate to plenty of interior and cargo room. As far as the ground clearance is concerned, the Okavango gets 194mm.
Those familiar with the Coolray and Azkarra's interior will find the Okavango's accommodations familiar. It gets a flat-bottomed steering wheel, a free-standing touchscreen infotainment system, automatic climate control, a high-tech center console, as well as interior LED lights.
The high-grade Urban benefits from power-adjustable front seats, full-leather upholstery, and an eight-speaker system sound. Meanwhile, the entry-level Comfort only comes with manual seats, fabric upholstery, and a four-speaker sound system.
Need to store plenty of stuff in the back of the Okavango? With the third-row seats stowed away, Geely says it can carry 1,200 liters worth of luggage. Should the third-row seats be deployed, the Okavango can still lug 257 liters worth of cargo. Fold both the third and second-row seats down, and this seven-seater is capable of hauling 2,050 liters.
Under the hood, the 2021 Okavango has a turbocharged three-cylinder motor. Despite only displacing 1.5-liters, the turbocharged engine makes an impressive 190 PS at 5500 rpm, along with 300 Nm of torque at 1500 – 4000 rpm. This was made possible thanks to a 48-volt electric motor synergy mild-hybrid system. Like the Coolray and Azkarra, the 1.5L engine is connected to a seven-speed wet dual-clutch transmission. The Okavango is only available as a front-wheel-drive crossover.
In terms of safety, all variants of the Okavango come with the following features: anti-lock brakes with electronic brakeforce distribution, dual front airbags, rear parking sensors, reverse camera, hill-start assist, hill-descent control, and a tire pressure monitoring system. Extra safety kit that is available for the top-spec Urban is the side and curtain airbags, as well as a 360-degree around-view monitor.
Pricing for the 2021 Geely Okavango is as follows:
-Okavango 1.5L Comfort – PhP 1,208,000
-Okavango 1.5L Urban – PhP 1,328,000