Geely Philippines will soon be introducing a new model to its lineup, and yes, it’s another crossover – the 2021 Okavango. Called the Hao Yue over in China, it is the brand’s largest SUV to date and unlike the Azkarra and the Coolray, it has seating for seven. So far, we’ve only seen it in press photos and as the China-spec Hao Yue. But now, it’s finally here in the metal and we had the opportunity to see it up close and personal.
Size-wise, it is quite big measuring in 4,835mm long, 1,900mm wide, and 1,785mm tall with a 2,815mm wheelbase. It’s hard to imagine these numbers but as a reference, it is slightly bigger than MPVs like the Toyota Innova. However, the Okavango is a bit smaller than some PPV (pickup platform vehicles). Since it isn't based pick-up truck, ground clearance is also less with only 194mm available.
Under the hood, it uses a 1.5-liter turbocharged motor paired with a 48V-EMS mild hybrid system – similar to what you’d find in the Azkarra. The total power output is rated at 190 PS and 300 Nm torque and is sent to a 7-speed wet dual-clutch gearbox. As rugged as it looks the Okavango is strictly front-wheel-drive only.
Step inside, and you get the same feel as Geely’s two other models. Front and center is a 10.25-inch touchscreen infotainment system with QD Link. Meanwhile, the driver gets a digital gauge cluster as well. A three-zone climate control system comes standard on both variants, but only the higher-spec Urban gets the 360-degree camera and leather seats. Interestingly, this Geely does not have a sunroof.
What’s really surprised us about the 2021 Okavango is the price. The entry-level Comfort starts only at PhP 1,208,000 while the range-topping Urban costs PhP 1,328,000, making it one the most affordable 7-seat SUVs in the market. Don’t forget, customers who reserve early can get up to PhP 90,000 discounts too.
Want to see the 2021 Geely Okavango for yourself? Head to the Geely North EDSA showroom. The model you see in the photos is currently on display there. At least you get to see it in person, and even reserve a unit, before the official launch on November 15. So far, we're told a good number of customers have already reserved theirs.