Chery opened pre-orders last month for the vehicle it’s relaunching with in Australia, and it’s now offering an incentive to bring in prospective customers.
The Chery Omoda 5, due here in the first half of 2023, can be pre-ordered with a refundable $500 deposit according to the brand’s website.
If you pre-order one of the small crossovers, you can either receive free premium paint (valued at $500) and your first service free, or a combination of free premium paint and floor mats.
Chery, a factory-backed operation this time around, is set to imminently release pricing for the Omoda 5 though it has confirmed the base price will be under $40,000 drive-away.
It’s also offering a seven-year warranty, matching the likes of Kia, GWM, and SsangYong.
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.
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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