China’s biggest car exporter is set to launch in UK in early 2024 with Qashqai-sized electric SUV called the OMODA 5, which has 201 bhp motor, 64kWh battery and an expected 280 mile WLTP range. There will also be version with PHEV and petrol-only engines, but bosses say: “In general, we will focus on BEV in the future in UK.”
The brand is the product of a company called Chery, which is one of the biggest selling marques in its native China and already exports to Asia, Australia, Africa, Latin America and Middle East. It has a joint venture with Jaguar Land Rover in China to locally produce the Range Rover Evoque, Discovery Sport and Jaguar’s XE, XF and E-Pace models. It claims to have a global automotive R&D team of more than 5,500 people based in China, Germany, the United States and Brazil.