In what seems to be a blitzkrieg of Chinese automotive brands over the past few months, another one is set to arrive in the Philippines in the form of Jaecoo. A sister brand of Omoda, which is also part of Chery International, Jaecoo focuses on more traditional SUVs as opposed to Omoda whose vehicles blend multiple attributes from different segments. Their first model is the Jaecoo 7, and once it arrives in the Philippines, it will share showroom space with the Omoda 5.
From a design standpoint, it manages to hit all the right notes when it comes to designing a good-looking SUV. The boxy proportions jive well with the rugged image that the brand aims to project, and in its face is a wide grille with vertical slats. Flanking it are slim LED daytime running lights with the main LED headlights being a separate unit altogether. Flushed door handles that pop out are the order of the day here, and they give this SUV’s side profile a clean aesthetic. Lastly, the rear end features a slim LED full-width taillight design and an option for a black contrasting roof.
Though its rugged appearance and marketing suggest that it’s an SUV that’s made for people who want to venture the wilderness, the Jaecoo 7 isn’t actually a traditional body-on-frame SUV. As part of Chery International, the Jaecoo 7 rides on the company’s T1X platform that the Tiggo 7 Pro also uses. They also share similar dimensions, measuring 4,451 mm long and with a wheelbase of 2,650 mm. Yes, this is a unibody crossover SUV.
Inside, the Jaecoo 7 carries a very rugged and high tech interior that’s composed of two digital screens and plenty of premium materials. Another highlight is its available Sony sound system, while features such as a panoramic sunroof and ambient LED lighting can be expected.
As for its source of motivation, the Jaecoo 7 will use a 1.6-liter four-cylinder turbo gasoline engine that produces 197 hp and 290 Nm of torque. This is then mated to a 7-speed dual-clutch automatic that drives either the front or all four wheels.
With Jaecoo arriving in the Philippines before the end of the year, is their first crossover SUV a vehicle that fits your needs?