Geely Philippines will soon have an all-new model arriving in the country. After launching the Coolray and the Azkarra, Sojitz G Auto, the official distributor of Geely in the Philippines, will be debuting the 2021 Okavango seven-seater SUV.
Named after Bostwana's vast inland delta that is recognized as one of the 7 Natural Wonders of Africa (as well as the 1,000th World Heritage Site), the 2021 Okavango is described by Geely as a 'wonderfully distinct' vehicle. Geely is confident that it will make a mark in the seven-seater SUV market.
Known as the Geely Haoyue over in the PRC, the automaker claims the seven-seater combines SUV practicality and MPV versatility. It also offers a vast interior space that is complemented by a total of 19-seat configurations and 42 storage nooks.
Other key features that will be available on the Okavango include a three-zone airconditioning system, a 360-degree panoramic camera view, and fully-folding second- and third-row seats. As far as safety is concerned, Geely says the Okavango will come standard with six airbags, electronic stability control, hill-start assist, central locking with speed-sensing function, and hill-descent control.
The exact specifications of the Okavango are not out yet. However, Geely did mention that it will use a 1.5-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine jointly developed with Volvo. Like the Azkarra, the Okavango benefits from a 48V-EMS system, allowing it to put out 190 PS and 300 Nm of torque. Shifting is courtesy of a 7-speed wet dual-clutch transmission.
In terms of size, the Chinese-spec Okavango measures 4835mm long, 1900mm wide, and 1780mm tall, with a wheelbase of 2185mm. That makes it one of Geely's largest SUVs so far and is on par with the Toyota Land Cruiser Prado in terms of size.
Interested in reserving for one? Sojitz G Auto will start pre-sales of the Geely Okavango from October 17, 2020. As an incentive for early reservations, the company will provide saving as much as PhP 90,000. Geely will even throw in a 3-year periodic maintenance package that covers oil, parts, and labor to those that will reserve and purchase during the pre-selling period.
With Geely Philippines set to join the seven-seater SUV market, the 2021 Okavango might be the vehicle Geely needs to expand its market reach in the country.