2023 Chery Omoda 5 first details for Australia, ANCAP safety assessment coming

2023 Chery Omoda 5 first details for Australia, ANCAP safety assessment coming

Returned Chinese brand Chery is preparing to offer four versions of its new Omoda 5 small SUV in Australia, all with a range of advanced safety technology as standard – and an upcoming ANCAP crash rating.

That 2023 Chery Omoda 5 is due to launch in Australia later this year with a choice of two model classes and two engines – and an ANCAP safety rating at an unspecified date – but prices are yet to be confirmed.

Chinese automaker Chery plans to return to Australia before the end of this year – seven years after it exited the local market after slow sales, an asbestos scandal and poor crash safety ratings – with its first model, known as a small SUV like the Omoda 5.

Representatives of the brand confirmed this journey Two model levels are offered, each with a choice of a 1.5-litre turbocharged petrol engine with front-wheel drive and a 1.6-litre turbocharged petrol engine with all-wheel drive.

The 1.5-litre front-wheel drive variants will be the first to arrive later this year – a few weeks later than expected, with a launch previously indicated for late October or sometime in November – with the 1, 6-litre all-wheel drive option to follow sometime next year.

All models will come with a full suite of advanced safety features – which will help them pass Euro NCAP crashworthiness tests, a Chery representative said journey is already running at the Euro NCAP factory in Spain.

The agent said so journey The company will “absolutely” submit the Omoda 5 to the independent Australian safety agency ANCAP for testing – although the European rating may be carried over instead. A date for the release of the results has yet to be confirmed.

If the Omoda 5 performs well, it would be a departure from the vehicles Chery sold during its last sojourn in Australia in 2011-2015, which couldn’t achieve more than two or three stars under far more lenient safety criteria.

Pricing for the new Chery Omoda 5 Series is yet to be confirmed, but Chery is surveying potential customers on social media with prices ranging from $28,000 to $39,990 plus street cost – similar to competitors from China, South Korea and Japan.

That price would be for either of the two 1.5-litre models capable of developing 108kW and 210Nm in Australian market form (7kW/20Nm less than China) with a continuously variable automatic transmission, according to Chery’s social media surveys .

The 1.6-liter turbo version develops 145 kW and 290 Nm in China, with a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic and all-wheel drive (for Australia).

Standard Australian equipment is yet to be confirmed, but available features include LED headlights, dual 10.25-inch screens, heated and ventilated seats, a sunroof, eight-speaker Sony sound system, keyless entry and leatherette seats.

A full suite of 16 advanced safety features has been confirmed as standard equipment, including Autonomous Emergency Braking, Adaptive Cruise Control, Lane Departure Warning, Lane Change Assist, Blind Spot Monitoring, Rear Cross-Traffic Alert, Traffic Sign Recognition, rear parking sensors and a 360-degree camera.

For more details on Chery’s relaunch in Australia, click on the links below to read them Moves past reporting.

Alex Misoyannis

Alex Misoyannis has been writing about cars since 2017 when he launched his own website Redline. He worked for Drive in 2018 before joining CarAdvice in 2019 and becoming a regular journalist on the news team in 2020. Cars have played a central role in Alex’s life, from leafing through car magazines at a young age to growing up surrounded by performance vehicles in a car-loving family.

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