Rising automaker Geely Philippines has been making a statement in the local crossover segment through its Coolray and Azkarra models. Now, Geely PH has expanded its model lineup as it officially enters the tightly contested local seven-seater SUV segment. Geely’s challenger in the midsize SUV segment is dubbed as Okavango. It is a seven-seater SUV that is set to maintain Geely PH’s positive sales momentum. The name Okavango was derived from North-western Botswana’s vast inland delta, Okavango Delta.
In 2014, UNESCO has recognized the Okavango Delta as its 1,000th World Heritage Site. It was also declared as one of the 7 Natural Wonders of Africa. The 2021 Geely Okavango is offered in two variants, Comfort and Urban, which are both equipped with a 1.5-liter turbocharged gasoline engine featuring a 48-volt electric motor. The Okavango has a starting price of Php 1,208,000 for the Comfort variant while the top-spec Urban trim is priced at Php 1,328,000. Geely PH is offering the 2021 Okavango with the following exterior colors: Storm Grey, Porcelain White, Luna Silver, and Marble Black.
The Geely Okavango is known as the Haoyue in the Chinese market. The Haoyue VX11 was officially launched in China last June 2020.
Sojitz G Auto Philippines (SGAP), the official distributor of Geely vehicles in the country, has officially launched the Okavango in November 2020. It is the brand’s challenger in the seven-seater SUV segment. The said vehicle expands Geely Philippines’ model lineup to three that includes the Coolray and the Azkarra.
The 2021 Geely Okavango is offered in two variants, Comfort and Urban. It has a starting price of Php 1,208,000 for the Comfort variant while the top-spec Urban trim is priced at Php 1,328,000.
The exterior of the Okavango has a bold and composed stance. The front end comes with sharp-looking headlights, an aggressive bumper design, and a large grille. Turning at the side, the vehicle is integrated with sharp character lines along with prominent fender flares that further adds a muscular look to the Okavango. The rear, on the other hand, is equipped with distinctive taillights that look sleek and stylish. It also has a tailgate-mounted spoiler, shark-fin antenna, and a bulky bumper.
Geely PH says that the Okavango features a vast interior space that has a total of 19-seat configurations, 42 storage nooks, and compartments including a double-layer console. Occupants can sit comfortably in all three rows.
It has a three-zone air conditioning that will give passengers independent AC controls in the driver, front passenger, and rear passenger seats, 360-degree panoramic camera with a best-in-class guidance system and dynamic auxiliary lines. It also has 3 driving modes – Eco, Normal, and Sport.
Tech & Safety
The local-spec Geely Okavango features a 360-degree panoramic camera as well as three driving modes (Eco, Normal, and Spor). In addition, the Okavango is equipped with six SRS airbags, overspeed warning, electronic stability control, hill start assist, central locking with speed-sensing auto lock, and hill descent control. The Urban variant also comes with six airbags.
Platform & Chassis
The Geely Okavango comes with a MacPherson Independent suspension at the front and a Multi-link suspension setup at the rear. This seven-seater SUV is equipped with ventilated disc brakes up front and a solid disc at the back.
Engine & Drivetrain
The Geely Okavango is powered by a 1.5L Turbo engine that was jointly developed by Geely and Volvo which is perfectly matched to a 7-speed wet-type dual-clutch transmission. It also has a Dual Variable-Valve Timing (DVVT) for a perfect balance of power optimization and fuel efficiency. And thanks to the 48V-EMS, the Okavango boasts of a maximum power of 190 hp and a maximum torque of 300 Nm.