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More than a match for Proton X50? Here are the confirmed specs for CKD Chery Omoda 5

Sanjay ยท Jun 27, 2023 10:26 AM

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The brand and logo may be the same from yesteryear's QQ and Alado we had here, but today's Chery is so far removed from those days it seems like a totally different brand. At least that's the (palpable) motivation behind the Chinese carmaker's resurgence into Malaysia, headlined by the locally-assembled (CKD) Omoda 5 and Tiggo 8 Pro.

Confirmed specs for Omoda 5 in Malaysia

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At a recent media event held in Kuala Lumpur, Chery Malaysia shared confirmed specifications for the aforementioned models. For the Omoda 5, there'll be two variants (C and the higher-end H); though the difference between them will be more on aesthetics.

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More than a match for Proton X50? Here are the confirmed specs for CKD Chery Omoda 5 01

In Malaysia, the CKD Omoda 5 will be sold with these basic specifications:

  • 1.5-litre, 4-cyl turbocharged, 156 PS/230 Nm
  • CVT with 9 virtual ratios
  • Front-wheel drive (FWD)
  • 18-inch wheels (H gets two-tone)
  • Full-LED head- and tail-lights, DRLs
  • Acoustic glass
  • 20.5-inch dual-screen for infotainment, digital instruments
  • Android Auto, Apple CarPlay

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A full array of advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS) will also be thrown in, encapsulating these features:

  • Lane Departure Warning (LDW)
  • Blind Spot Detection (BSD)
  • Emergency Lane Keeping (ELK)
  • Rear Cross Traffic Alert (RCTA)
  • Adaptive Cruise Control with Low Speed Follow (ACC w/ LSF, 0-180 km/h)
  • Forward Collision Warning (FCW)
  • Autonomous Emergency Braking (AEB)
  • Lane Departure Prevention (LDP)
  • Integrated Cruise Assist (ICA)
  • Traffic Jam Assist (TJA)

First impressions

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Despite its relative simplicity, don't discount the aesthetic touches

We finally got some quality time behind the wheel of the Omoda 5, but while the drive around the block was a little short for a comprehensive review, it gives us a little taste of what's to come.

Also read: Chery Malaysia and Tiong Nam Logistics ink a strategic partnership agreement

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Build quality and interior aesthetics are certainly par for the course of a contemporary model - but we can see how some may term it a bit too simple, particularly in the centre stack. Nonetheless it all feels quite OK in where it matters, especially in the quality of the screens and build.

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If there's one minor niggle, it's that the plastic switchgears may not feel the most top-shelf, but perhaps that's where cost comes into play (the Tiggo 8 Pro's feel better, and so are its interior accountrements). Take note that we didn't term them as low-quality. Just adequate.

Also read: Chery signs CKD deal with Inokom; Omoda 5, Tiggo 8 Pro to be assembled in Kulim, June launch

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The expanse of legroom at the back is welcome, and despite the sloping roof, 175 cm me didn't have any problems with that. Thankfully the roof liner is beige; the airier colour aids in not making the cabin feel claustrophobic.

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Also kudos goes to the Chery team for going the extra mile to port the indicator stalk to the right side. It is a relatively simple thing, but a lot of carmakers who predominantly sell cars in left-hand drive markets usually don't go this far in catering to local needs.

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A widespan driving review will have to wait until we get a press loaner; early thoughts are it leans more into a sporty tact, given its relatively firm suspension setup, and bucket-style seats. In other words, pretty interesting to think about...

Conclusion

Note that the Chery Omoda 5 hasn't yet launched in Malaysia, so indicative pricing and aftersales packages are still kept under wraps. Other parts of Chery's local plans though have been shared before - and they're leaving no coin uninvested as they seek to make Malaysia their local production hub.

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Nonetheless, the full low-down of everything will happen in just a week's time, so stay tuned for the brand's relaunch here on 6-July 2023.

Also read: Finally, a date: Chery Omoda 5, Chery Tiggo 8 Pro set for Malaysian launch on 6-July 2023

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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