Chery is returning to Australia in the first half of 2023 with the small Omoda 5 crossover, with a base price somewhere under $40,000 drive-away and a seven-year warranty.
It will arrive here first in base and EX trim levels, powered by a turbocharged 1.5-litre four-cylinder engine mated with a continuously variable transmission.
Chery says if you order a car now, the wait time is 80 days. The first allocation has already arrived in Australia.
In the second half of 2023, the range will expand to include the EX+ and EX+ AWD with a more powerful turbocharged 1.6-litre four-cylinder engine mated with a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission.
An electric version of the Omoda 5 is due here in the first half of 2024. A plug-in hybrid version has also been mooted.
While the Omoda 5 doesn’t have any local suspension tuning, the company says it’s open to doing that in future to improve the vehicle.
The Chery range will expand beyond the Omoda 5 in the second half of 2023, with the Tiggo 7 Pro and Tiggo 8 Pro. The former will use a turbo 1.6-litre and the latter a turbo 2.0-litre, both mated with a seven-speed dual-clutch auto.
The range will be sold through a network of at least 40 dealers nationally, with additional regional dealers set to be added.
Chery says it’s targeting a little over eight per cent of the total market in each category it competes in. That would peg it at around 10,000 small SUV sales.
The base Chery Omoda 5 and EX will use a turbocharged 1.5-litre four-cylinder engine producing 115kW of power and 230Nm of torque, mated with a continuously variable transmission. These variants are front-wheel drive.
Claimed fuel consumption is 6.9L/100km.
The front-wheel drive EX+ and all-wheel drive EX+ will use a turbocharged 1.6-litre four-cylinder engine with 145kW and 290Nm, mated with a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic.
These models also upgrade from a torsion-beam rear suspension to a multi-link set-up.
The Omoda 5 measures 4400mm long, 1830mm wide, 1588mm tall and rides a 2630mm wheelbase, which makes it particularly close to a Kia Seltos dimensionally.
The Chery Omoda 5 will be offered with a seven-year warranty, seven years of capped-price servicing and seven years of roadside assistance.
Chery won’t be alone in offering a seven-year warranty, with the likes of Kia and SsangYong offering the same coverage.
Unlike the J1 and J11 from Chery’s last run in Australia, which received only three- and two-star ANCAP ratings respectively, the Omoda 5 has received five stars from Euro NCAP. That suggests ANCAP could also award it five stars.
Chery says the Omoda 5 will have 16 active safety and driver assist features, though it hasn’t detailed which ones will be available.
The base Omoda 5 comes standard with the following:
- 18-inch alloy wheels
- Automatic LED headlights
- Automatic high-beam
- LED tail lights with directional indicators
- 10.25-inch touchscreen infotainment system
- Wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto
- Wireless phone charger
- Keyless entry and start
- Six-way power driver’s seat
- PU & PVC upholstery
- Rear air vents
- Remote start
The EX adds:
- Heated front seats
- Heated steering wheel
- Second-row ambient lighting
- Exterior LED welcoming lights
- Omoda LED puddle lights
- Red brake callipers
- Four-way power passenger seat
- Surround-view camera
- Power tailgate
- Power sunroof
The full colour palette comprises:
- Space Black
- Mercurial Grey
- Saturn Silver
- Lunar White
- Titan Green
- Jupiter Blue
- Midnight Blue
In the EX, Mercurial Grey, Lunar White and Saturn Silver are also available with bold red accents on the side skirts, mirrors, wheels and front bumper.
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