2021 Geely Okavango updated with 60-inch sunroof - too hot for Malaysians?

Sanjay · Feb 11, 2021 12:09 PM

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Talk about voting with your wallet: Sojitz G Auto Philippines (SGAP) has launched a new variant of the 2021 Geely Okavango (based on the Geely Haoyue) there, called the Okavango Urban Plus. 

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As this article's title suggests, the main addition is a massive 60-inch panoramic sunroof, a feature Filipinos have been asking for since the funnily-named SUV hit the archipelago.

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What's new?

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The sunroof's pretty cool - it comes with extra shading materials to block out the sun better and it also features a rain sensor that automatically closes the sunroof in the event of a downpour.

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Besides that, the new range-topper gets Adaptive Drive Beam LED headlights with self-adjusting beams and an automatic leveler. As its name suggests, the lighting system is adaptive, meaning it'll move according to steering input. 

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To complete the trifecta of changes is the larger touchscreen infotainment panel - there's a 12.3-inch fully-digital instrument panel now, in place of the 10.25-inch unit found in the Comfort and Urban variants. 

What remains?

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The Okavango is huge, and seats 7 comfortably.

Under the hood, the Okavango Urban Plus retains the same 1.5-litre, turbocharged three-cylinder mill, paired to a 7-speed wet-type dual clutch transmission (DCT) combo as the other variants. 

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Aided with a 48 volt mild-hybrid system, the Okavango makes 190 PS and 300 Nm. It's exclusively front-wheel drive.

So, is this another Proton later?

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You might not be so off the mark for thinking so. In fact, Proton adopting the Haoyue/Okavango (some have already started calling it the Proton X90) is likelier than the Geely Jiaji MPV being a Proton V70.

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For one, it makes more sense for Malaysia to mirror the Philippines' model line-up for a more cohesive South East Asia-wide product strategy, and the Jiaji isn't all that's touted to be to begin with.

Also readProton V70 (Geely Jiaji) might be dropped in favour of Proton X90 (Geely Haoyue)

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Sanjay

Senior Writer

With humble beginnings collecting diecast models and spending hours virtually tuning dream cars on the computer, his love of cars has delightfully transformed into a career. Sanjay enjoys how the same passion for cars transcends boundaries and brings people together.

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