If you think we need more seven-seater options here in our market, then you’re in luck. Sojitz G Auto Philipines Corporation (SGAP) has just announced that a new seven-seat crossover is on its way to our market: the Geely Okavango.
So, another quirky name to add to the Geely stable alongside the Coolray and the Azkarra. SGAP shared that the name was derived from Unesco’s 1,000th World Heritage Site and one of the Seven Natural Wonders of Africa, the Okavango Delta in Botswana.
Trivia aside, only teaser images of the Okavango were provided, but we’re guessing that this could be the same SUV that Geely launched globally back in June—the Hao Yue. Judging by the photos, the Okavango appears to have the same headlights and taillights as the Hao Yue. Plus, the rear quarter of the Okavango that was previewed looks a lot like that of the Hao Yue’s.
These are all speculations for now, of course. But even if this does end up being just a renamed Hao Yue, there’s one thing we already know for a fact: The Okavango will have the same powertrain as the Azkarra. SGAP confirmed that the upcoming vehicle will get a 1.5-liter turbocharged engine and a 48V Electric Motor Synergy System—a hybrid setup that boasts a total combined output of 190hp.
No word on when exactly the launch will be, but we’re guessing it’ll happen soon, because preorders of the Geely Okavango start on October 17. As an added bonus, SGAP will be offering up to P90,000 in discounts for preorders. A complimentary three-year free PMS package will also be available during the pre-selling period.
What do you think of this upcoming introduction from Geely? Are you liking what the carmaker has revealed so far?