Over the past few months, Sojitz G Auto Philippines has been making a lot of noise about its upcoming game changing offering. All this has culminated in the recent launch of the newest member of the Geely lineup in the Philippines, the all-new Okavango.
Revealed via digital media, the new Geely Okavango promises to up the game and stand out from the the usual players in its price range. The name itself is rather unique, taken from Northwestern Bostwana’s last Delta that goes by the same moniker. The Okavango Delta has been declared as the 1,000th UNESCO World Heritage site and one of the 7 Wonders of the World.
More than its namesake, however, the Okavango mixes midsize crossover dimensions and space with MPV versatility. What this means is that it is larger than your usual compact crossover, can seat 7 passengers in comfort, and offer a plethora of seating and cargo carrying configurations. Just like a Multi-Purpose Vehicle, you can fold down the second and third row to carry long items or allow passengers to set up their chairs any which way they wish.
Speaking of passengers, they are treated to a three-zone auto climate control, leather seating surfaces, a panoramic sunroof, a multimedia infotainment system, and protected by a slew of safety systems that include 6 SRS airbags, collision avoidance system, hill start assist and hill descent control, and 360-degree camera, among others.
And then there is the powerplant This one is a 1.5-liter gasoline turbocharged engine with an Electric Motor Synergy or mild hybrid system with a 48V Belt Starter Generator. The combo makes for 190bhp and 221 lb-ft of torque. Power is sent to the front wheels via 7-speed Wet Dual Clutch Transmission.
But arguably, the thing that sets this vehicle apart from the rest is the price and what you get for it. With a starting price of P1,208,000 for the Okavango Comfort and P1,328,000 for the fully-loaded Okavango Urban, buyers get a midsize crossover that seats 7 passengers, has MPV versatility, and is a gas-electric hybrid at that.
If only for this, we think the Geely Okavango is worth your attention.