2021 Okavango is a problem – good for Geely, bad for others

Updated Jan 05, 2021 | Same topic: Automotive Industry Updates

The Okavango wants to pick a fight with almost anybody.

When Geely Philippines launched the 2021 Okavango last November, it’s evident that it plans to hit two or three birds with one stone. The reason for this is that the Okavango can compete in the seven-seater midsize SUV market, in the crossover segment, and even in the MPV category. It comes with dimensions that are similar to midsize SUVs but with a price tag that is within the ballpark figure of crossovers and MPVs offered in the local market.

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Speaking of the Okavango’s dimensions, it is larger than the Toyota Fortuner. To put things in perspective, the 2021 Okavango is 40mm longer and 45mm wider as compared to the Toyota midsize SUV. As such, the Okavango’s overall dimension is one of its selling points. Having a longer and wider body translates to a more spacious interior, a feature that’s crucial when you’re shopping for a seven-seater family hauler. 

2021 Geely Okavango front profile

2021 Geely Okavango

Aside from its size, the 2021 Okavango also comes with notable interior features. The top-spec Urban trim comes with leather seats as well as a power-adjustable driver and front passenger seat. Moreover, the 2021 Okavango features seven individual seats, which is a unique feature when you compare it to other midsize SUVs in the market that usually comes with a 2+3+2 seat configuration (with the second-row seats as bench type).  

2021 Geely Okavango interior

The Okavango can accommodate seven occupants

In addition, the 2021 Okavango comes with triple-zone automatic climate control that allows the driver, front passenger, and rear occupants to select their desired temperature setting respectively. Talk about overall passenger comfort. 

However, one of the downsides of the Geely Okavango, as compared to midsize SUVs, is its ground clearance. The Okavango has a ground clearance of 194mm, which is far from the usual number you see in the midsize SUVs offered in the market. Speaking of which, the Mitsubishi Montero Sport has a ground clearance of 218mm while the Ford Everest has 225mm. The Okavango’s ground clearance is more at par with crossover vehicles such as the Hyundai Tucson that has 172mm as well as with the Ford Territory’s 180mm.  

Under the hood, the 2021 Geely Okavango is powered by a 1.5-liter turbocharged gasoline engine featuring a 48-volt electric motor. It can generate a maximum power output of 190 hp and 300 Nm of torque. The engine is mated to a seven-speed wet dual-clutch transmission. One could argue that the Okavango’s 1.5-liter turbo gas engine makes the vehicle more like a crossover rather than a midsize SUV. Well, that argument is valid since crossover vehicles in the local market come with a similar power unit.

2021 Geely Okavango

Rear of the 2021 Geely Okavango

Other than the engine, the Geely Okavango comes with a price tag that competes with the crossover and MPV vehicles in the market. 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. 

With that in mind, the entry-level variant of the seven-seater Okavango is priced just Php 29,000 more compared to the base trim of the five-seater Ford Territory, which is at Php 1,179,000. The Okavango is also closely priced with the Toyota Innova E variant (Php 1,320,000). 

2021 Geely Okavango

The Geely Okavango has a confident stance

But the price range of the 2021 Okavango differs significantly when you compare it to midsize SUVs such as the Toyota Fortuner and Mitsubishi Montero Sport. The Fortuner G 4x2 MT is priced at Php 1,633,000 while the Montero Sport GLX 4x2 MT is at Php 1,565,000. With that, the top-spec Okavango is way cheaper as it only comes with a price of Php 1,328,000.   

Considering all the points above, the 2021 Okavango is a problem for other car brands in the Philippines. It stands and has the interior space of a seven-seater midsize SUV but it comes with a price tag of a crossover or even an MPV. Overall, the Okavango can be Geely’s challenger in three vehicle segments: midsize SUV, crossover, and MPV. Indeed, Geely Philippines wants to hit three birds with one stone through the 2021 Okavango. 

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Geely Okavango

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.

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Martin is the Content Editor of Philkotse. His love for cars first started when he got a remote-controlled toy as a birthday present. Then, Martin’s interest in cars was further developed through his family’s humble collection of Japanese cars.

Martin started his writing career as an editorial assistant and writer for various magazines under ABS-CBN Publishing. Before joining Philkotse, Martin was a writer for Autoindustriya then shifted gears in 2017 to become the editor for AutoDeal.

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