Geely’s latest offering in the Philippines blurs the lines between an SUV and an MPV. Meet the 7-seater Geely Okavango, the third model in Sojitz G Auto Philippines’ (SGAP) lineup.
“Oka-what?” That’s /oh-kuh-vang-goh/. The crossover’s name was derived from Northwestern Botswana’s vast inland delta, Okavango Delta, UNESCO’s 1,000th World Heritage Site and one of the 7 Natural Wonders of Africa.
“The Okavango is aptly named after the Okavango River Delta in Africa, a vast and pulsating wetland which converges and diverges with a unique ecosystem and a myriad of species. Our Okavango embodies this energetic spirit with technology, to bring you a crossover with extended space,” explained Geely’s Shanghai Design Center General Manager Guy Burgoyne.
Well, he’s right about the space. The Okavango can comfortably seat seven adults in all three rows thanks to a generous 2815mm wheelbase, which translates to plenty of interior and cargo room. The 2-3-2 seating layout has a reclining third row that splits 50:50. With all seven seats up, rear cargo is at 257 liters. When you fold down the third row, that expands to 1,200 liters. Fold all five rear seats and you’ll get a whopping 2,050 liters of space.
For a more comfortable ride, the Okavango is equipped with a triple-zone air conditioning system equipped with CN95 filter. The entry-level Comfort variant gets fabric seats, while the Urban variant comes with leather seats.
The premium cabin also features an all-digital gauge cluster, a 10.25-inch HD infotainment system with QDLink, four or eight speakers, power front seats, a remote auto start, and a power tailgate.
The broad and muscular SUV/MPV features Geely’s ‘cosmic recall’ front grille flanked by a pair of LED headlights. It also has wraparound LED taillights, Skyline dual-track roof rails, and either 17- or 18-inch alloy wheels.
Powering the Okavango is the same powerplant found under the hood of the Geely Azkarra: a 1.5L turbo engine. This is complemented by a 48V Electric Motor Synergy System (EMS). Together, they produce a total system output of 190hp and 300Nm of torque.
Both Comfort and Urban variants are equipped with anti-lock brakes with electronic brakeforce distribution, dual front airbags, rear parking sensors, reverse camera, hill-start assist, hill-descent control, and a tire pressure monitoring system. The top-spec Urban gets extra safety features such as side and curtain airbags and a 360-degree around-view monitor.
The Geely Okavango 1.5L Comfort is priced at P1,208,000, while the 1.5L Urban goes for P1,328,000.