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How much will Geely PH sell the new Okavango 7-seater SUV?

You have to check out the introductory offers

This vehicle should intrigue families that need seven seats on the road. PHOTO FROM GEELY

If you still can’t take Chinese vehicles seriously today, you’re likely not paying attention to Geely Philippines. This brand has already a pair of successful crossover SUVs—the subcompact Coolray and the compact Azkarra—and is now preparing to launch a seven-seater midsize SUV.

Continuing Geely’s portfolio of weird-sounding car names, the Okavango will be officially released in our market on November 19. And as expected of a China-sourced vehicle, it will have a 1.5-liter engine so it can avail of 5% import duties (and thus keep its pricing lower). The turbocharged, three-cylinder gasoline mill looks like the same one found in the Azkarra, and which is complemented by a 48V Electric Motor Synergy system. The press statement even quotes the same output and torque figures: 190hp and 300Nm, as well as a seven-speed wet-type dual-clutch automatic transmission.

Are you attracted to the suggestive silhouette? PHOTO FROM GEELY

Now, there are two variants: Comfort and Urban. It’s not entirely clear to us if both variants will be powered by the above-mentioned 48V EMS setup, or whether the lower version will be equipped with just the engine (like the Azkarra).

What the press statement didn’t mention—but which we got from somewhere else—is the pricing (including the introductory offers). So, here they are:

  • 1.5 Comfort – P1,208,000
  • 1.5 Urban – P1,328,000

The good news is that—if you reserve a unit until November 19—you get substantial cash discounts on both variants (P80,000 for the Comfort and P90,000 for the Urban):

  • 1.5 Comfort – P1,128,000
  • 1.5 Urban – P1,238,000
We can't wait to check out (and drive) this vehicle soon. PHOTO FROM GEELY

With the Okavango, it looks like Geely Philippines is going all out for the crossover SUV market. Oh, yeah, the name apparently comes from “Okavango Delta,” which is supposed to be an inland delta in Botswana and also UNESCO’s 1,000th World Heritage Site. You learn something new every day.

Vernon B. Sarne

Vernon is the founder and editor-in-chief of VISOR. He has been an automotive journalist since July 1995. He became one by serendipity, walking into the office of a small publishing company and applying for a position he had no idea was for a local car magazine. God has watched over him throughout his humble journey. He writes the ‘Spoiler’ column.