The Weekly Advertiser Horsham

‘Hello Chery’

- – Peter Barnwell

Chery has issued an MY24 drive-away pricing schedule for its Omoda 5 small SUV, with the recent re-entrant to Australia’s new car market also announcing a supplement­ary performanc­e enhanced variant called the Omoda 5 GT 1.6T in two versions.

The entry level Omoda 5 BX 1.5T 2WD is pitched at $34,490 driveaway, with the better equipped, also front-wheel drive, EX 1.5T adding $2500.

The two new GT 1.6T models are in front and all-wheel drive configurat­ion, the former priced at $38,990 drive-away and the latter adding a $2500 premium at $41,490 driveaway.

The Omoda 5 was previously priced, excluding on-road costs, at $29,990 for the entry model, which tallies to a modest price rise when the now included on-road costs are factored in.

This, of course, does not apply to the GT which is a new model.

The Omoda 5 has a couple of direct China-sourced competitor­s in the GWM Haval Jolion, from $28,490 drive-away, and the MG ZS T, from $26,990 drive-away. Other potential competitio­n at the affordable end of the small SUV segment comes from the decade-old Mitsubishi ASX, priced from $24,490 plus on-road costs, and the Mazda CX-30 from $32,990 plus on-road costs.

Chery Australia’s Mitchell Tulk said the company had some of its MY24 models ‘on the water’, with deliveries of the front-wheel drive GT due into dealership­s this month.

The Omoda 5 was introduced in Australia last year and has chalked up good sales of 5370 units in the hotlyconte­sted small SUV segment, dominated by MG’S ZS model with nearly 30,000 units sold last year.

GWM Haval’s Jolion ticked over 11,252 unit sales during the same period.

The five-star ANCAP rated Omoda 5 is a tech-heavy vehicle boasting extensive driver assist and comfort-related features as well as what is called a ‘surprise and delight’ kit.

The styling is edgy and engine performanc­e in the 1.5T at least is good, with the stronger 1.6T expected to be better again.

Goauto has booked a drive of the

GT for next month, once Chery Australia lands a few examples.

The new GT’S might hold more appeal than the smaller 1.5T variants thanks to extra power, torque and independen­t rear suspension in lieu of a torsion beam.

The 1.6T turbocharg­ed petrol four pot is good for 137kw at 5500rpm and 275Nm at 2000rpm with drive through an ‘advanced and smooth-shifting’ seven-speed dual-clutch automatic transmissi­on.

Fuel consumptio­n for the frontwheel drive is rated at a claimed combined 6.8 litres per 100km and 7.4L-100km for the AWD.

Engine output for the 1.5T remains 115kw-230nm and fuel combined fuel consumptio­n is 6.9L-100km.

New features for 2024 include a digital radio, frameless rear-view mirror with auto dimming function and a more powerful 50-watt wireless device charger. Specific badging on the boot lid defines the GT variants.

The latest Omoda 5 maintains what Chery Australia says is the same level of excellence in terms of safety features and a range of smart technologi­es including cutting edge infotainme­nt systems, connectivi­ty options comprising Apple Carplay and Android Auto plus Chery’s ‘Hello Chery’ voice control system.

A factory bonus of $1500 applies to stocks of the run-out MY23 Omoda 5 until January 31.

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