Electric Car

New Omoda 5 EV: 10 highlights of the electric SUV

check out 10 highlights of the electric Omoda 5.

1)  Design

Before I discovered the Omoda 5 EV, I thought it was a reasonably large SUV, but in person it is even low and evokes a sportiness that I didn’t expect. This is due to its angular lines and coupe-like SUV profile, with the roof falling towards the rear. It is 4.40 meters long (the same as a Jeep Compass), but is low at 1.58 m tall – smaller than a Renault Kardian.

The boomerang-style headlights are divided into sections and are highlights, as is the charging connector cover that is hidden in the nose of the car, where the Omoda logo is located. The wheels are 18 inches and well closed to optimize aerodynamics, while at the rear we have 3D-effect lights connected by a red bar. It’s a very striking style, with certain angles reminiscent of Lexus cars. It certainly doesn’t go unnoticed.

2)  Engine

The brand has two options on the shelf: one with 204 hp and 35.7 kgfm of torque and another stronger with 224 hp and 40 .7 kgfm, the latter being the one we had contact with. Due to calibration and the taste of the national market, we risk saying that the Chinese brand should choose to bring the second most powerful option here. However, if Omoda decides to come up with a very competitive price, it won’t be a surprise if it opts for the 204 hp engine.

3)  Acceleration

Most electric cars have a softer acceleration program just to avoid scaring, especially those who are not used to full torque at the slightest touch of the accelerator pedal. But there are always exceptions, especially in battery-powered sports cars for obvious reasons.

However, the Omoda 5 EV brings a feeling of fun acceleration, which translates into interesting numbers: from 0 to 100 km/h, the unit we drove does it in just 7.6 seconds according to factory data. In the 204 hp version this time increases to 7.8s, which is still good. In our contact, we noticed that the coupe SUV accelerates strongly, skidding a little only in Eco mode, as in Sport it seems that the power delivery is more linear.

4)  Finishing

There is no doubt that in addition to the look, the finish of the Omoda 5 EV is also one of the highlights. The SUV coupe’s dashboard is entirely made of rubber with visible white stitching, while the central section is entirely covered in foamed material – which is also applied to the center console and part of the door panels (including the rear ones). The inspiration from Mercedes-Benz is evident when we look at the design of the cabin, even so the selection of materials was well executed.

5)  Dashboard with Waze

The Omoda 5 EV has two 12.3-inch displays, one for the configurable digital instrument panel and the other for the multimedia center. Once again we have the German brand’s style replicated in tablet-style displays that, truth be told, appear in several other brands. But the interesting thing is that the brand is working on an interesting function of the GPS navigator: in addition to the native system, Omoda is considering putting the Waze application to run in front of the driver’s eyes on the instrument panel. If it actually comes, it will be an interesting feature.

6)  360º camera

In the multimedia center we have another function that has become increasingly common in vehicles sold today: the camera with 360º vision. The point is that the Omoda 5 EV features a very efficient system, with the car replicated in augmented reality in a very efficient way, allowing the guide to be visualized on the front and rear sides. The definition of the cameras draws attention, as does the system that operates free of crashes.

7)  Hidden sun visor

With the automotive industry increasingly advanced and level, it is an almost impossible mission to surprise. But we still have details that can be well thought out, no matter how simple they are. In the case of the Omoda 5 EV we have the sun visor hidden: just pull a fabric cover to reveal the mirror and gradual lighting around it.

8)  Console

The Omoda 5 EV has this feature, which is very welcome to keep your water cold for longer or even prevent chocolate from melting. These are frugalities that end up being quite useful in everyday life, especially in a tropical country.

9)  Recharge connector

The Omoda 5 EV also has a charging connector located at the front of the car, which gives a modern touch to the coupe SUV precisely because it is located under a retractable lid, right where the Omoda logo is. It is opened using a button on the panel, which is next to the headlight controls. It may even be different, but only time will tell if they are practical for daily use.

10)  Estimated price

Nothing has been confirmed yet, but the expectation is that the new Omoda 5 EV will have a listed price just above R$200,000, a price just above the Toyota Corolla Cross and in the range of the Jeep Compass, but this in a utility vehicle with an electric engine. It should also upset hybrid SUVs like Toyota itself, in addition to the market darlings with the BYD Song Plus and GWM Haval H6 HEV.

Omoda 5 EV technical sheet (pre-series)

Engine: electric

Power : 224 hp

Torque: 40.7 kgfm

Traction : front

0 to 100 km/h: 7.6 seconds

Maximum speed : not disclosed

Battery : 61 kWh lithium iron phosphate (LFP)

Range : 430 km (European WLTP cycle)

Recharge (WLTP): Slow charging in 6-7h

80 KWh fast charging in 30 min (10% to 80%)

Dimensions and capacities : length, 4,400 mm; wheelbase, 2,630 mm; width, 1,830 mm; height, 1,588 mm; trunk capacity, 378 liters; load capacity, not disclosed; curb weight: 1,710 kg

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