Geely lineup expanded with Okavango three-row crossoverOctober 18, 2020
Under the new name Okavango, the Chinese auto company will export the HaoYue crossover.
The start of sales of the HaoYue SUV began in the Middle Kingdom this summer and now the model will be exported under the name Okavango. According to expectations, the design of the vehicle will not change, but the technical part will undergo serious revision and according to preliminary data, the model will receive a “soft hybrid” variation.
It is worth recalling that Geely HaoYue stands as the largest SUV brand. The model has not yet become a leader in the car market, and its sales volumes from July to September amounted to 18,552 units. In particular, Chery Tiggo 8 sold almost 13,000 copies during the reporting period.
Now HaoYue will be exported and initially the model will appear in the Philippine car market. The new name for the crossover was chosen in honor of the delta in Africa – Okavango. At the moment, the distributor Geely has shown only a few teasers of Okavango, but the pictures show that the car is practically no different from the Chinese SUV.
It was decided not to change the appearance of the model and you can only see the new LED DRLs lined up in columns. The length, width and height of the HaoYue are 4,835 mm, 1,900 mm and 1,780 mm with a wheelbase of 2,815 mm. In terms of size, the model is close to the previous generation Toyota Highlander.
Most likely, Geely Okavango will borrow the interior from HaoYue, although it is possible that the Filipinos will only be offered a seven-seater option (2 + 3 + 2), although a five-seater modification is standard for China. According to published data, the volume of the trunk with the backs of the second and third rows folded is 2,360 liters.
Okavango will be equipped with three-zone climate control, all-round cameras, and six airbags. For the most “charged” HaoYue in the Middle Kingdom, a panoramic roof, matrix optics, a digital instrument panel, a projection screen, adaptive cruise control, collision avoidance systems, lane departure warnings, monitoring of “blind” zones, and an air ionizer are still available.
According to rumors in the Philippines, the crossover will be sold with a mild-hybrid powertrain based on a 1.5-liter gasoline “turbo-triple” (developed in cooperation with Volvo), an all-wheel drive system, a robotic transmission with two clutches, and a separate electric motor at the rear. axle and 48-volt system. The peak performance of the hybrid will be 190 hp. and 300 Nm of torque. For HaoYue in China, this option is not available and the crossover comes with a 1.8-liter “turbo four” with a return of 184 hp. in combination with 7DCT and front wheel drive.
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