Sojitz G Auto Philippines (SGAP), the official distributor of Geely in the Philippines, has finally launched the much-awaited 2021 Geely Okavango after a lengthy teaser campaign. Geely’s latest offering, which is a 7-seater crossover SUV, will once again shake up the segment with its class-leading tech features and extremely competitive pricing.
From a design standpoint, the all-new 2021 Geely Okavango features a sleek design. The front fascia features Geely’s signature “Expanding Cosmos” grille that’s flanked by a pair of LED headlights. At the sides of the Geely Okavango are sleek character lines that give this midsize crossover SUV a refined aesthetic. Moving towards the rear, and you’ll see a satin silver strip that connects the two LED taillights. In terms of exterior equipment, not much separates the Comfort and Urban variants. The base Comfort uses 17-inch alloy wheels, while the Urban uses 18-inch alloy wheels. Apart from that, the two variants look pretty much the same, and that is, of course, a good thing.
Step inside, and occupants will appreciate the modern and spacious interior. Utilizing Geely’s NL platform, the Okavango’s greatest engineering feat is how it manages to eke out so much interior space. The second row, for instance, features three individual seats rather than a bench seat that features a 60:40 split. The increased flexibility allows for a completely flat trunk when the third and second rows of seats are folded.
As for its design, the Okavango’s interior takes advantage of the latest technologies. Drivers will appreciate the fully-digital gauge cluster and 10.25-inch touch screen infotainment system with QD Link that’s equipped as standard on all variants. Opting for the base Comfort variant gets you three-zone auto climate control, a 4-speaker sound system, fabric interior, heated side mirrors, and a power liftgate. Stepping up to the Urban adds power-folding mirrors with heating, an 8-speaker sound system, leather seats, and power-adjustable front seats.
Under the hood of the 2021 Geely Okavango is Geely’s 48-volt mild-hybrid (MHEV) powertrain. It’s the same engine used in the Geely Azkarra, which means it uses a 1.5-liter inline-3 turbocharged gasoline engine mated to a 48-volt integrated starter generator. The numbers from this engine are certainly impressive: 190 hp and 300 Nm of torque. Power is sent to the front wheels via a 7-speed wet dual-clutch automatic transmission.
As for safety, the Geely Okavango comes with dual SRS airbags, rear parking sensors, reverse camera, hill start assist, hill descent control and a tire pressure monitor. Stepping up to the Urban variant increases the airbag count to six, as well as adding Geely’s intelligent 360-degree camera system.
As Geely’s largest vehicle to date in the Philippine market, you’d expect that it’ll also come with the biggest price tag ever in a Geely right? Well, not quite. The 2021 Geely Okavango neatly slots in between the Coolray subcompact SUV and Azkarra compact SUV, with prices starting at just P1,208,000 for the Comfort variant and topping out at P1,328,000 for the Urban variant. How Geely was able to achieve this competitive pricing can only be found out through a thorough review. Until then, this is everything you need to know about the Geely Okavango.