The Geely Okavango, known in China as the Geely Haoyue, has made its official launch in Saudi Arabia. The 7-seater SUV in the Middle East is powered by a 1.5 turbocharged 3-cylinder petrol engine, similar to the Okavango in the Philippines.
In case you have not made the link, the 1.5-litre turbocharged engine is the same unit that powers the Proton X50. However, the Okavango’s engine is aided by a 48V mild-hybrid battery which boosts power output to 190 PS and 300 Nm. Like the X50, the Okavango’s engine is also mated to a 7-speed DCT.
Measuring at 4,835 x 1,990 x 1,780 mm in length, width, and height with a wheelbase of 2,815 mm, the Okavango is the largest SUV produced by Geely. The SUV has a 2+3+2 seating configuration.
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Safety-wise, the Okavango comes with 6-airbags, 360-degree Panoramic View, and Electronic Stability Programme (ESP), Geely’s version of ESC. No ADAS here. But the SUV does come with a CN95 cabin air filter as standard.
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Depending on variant, the Okavango’s interior will feature either a 10.25-inch or a 12.3-inch touchscreen display. Saudi Arabia is also the first country to introduce a new dual-tone interior for the Okavango. Previously, the SUV only comes with an all-black interior.
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The Okavango made its official world debut as the Geely Haoyue back in 2020. Though it is a relatively new car, the Haoyue is not built on Geely’s CMA platform. Instead, the SUV rides on the CV platform, similar to the Geely Jiaji MPV.
Saudi Arabia is the second international market the Okavango has went on sale, after the Philippines. Meanwhile, the SUV is heavily tipped to be coming to Malaysia as the Proton X90.
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