New Omoda and Jaecoo brands plot rapid UK expansion

Omoda is set to launch in the UK in the coming months with the combustion-engined 5 and electric E5, which are C-segment SUVs (so around 4.4m long) designed to compete with the likes of the Nissan Qashqai and Kia Niro. 

The 5 will initially be offered with a 1.6-litre turbocharged four-cylinder engine producing 187bhp. That will be joined by a 1.5-litre hybrid early next year. It will be priced from around £24,000, making it one of the cheapest cars in its segment.

The E5 is based on the same platform but has a substantially revised front end with a far smaller grille. It’s powered by a 204bhp electric motor and a 61kWh battery. It has a range of 257 miles and can be charged at rates of up to 80kW. Omoda is aiming for a price of between £30,000 and £35,000.

The 5 weighs 1430kg, while the E5 tips the scales at 1710kg, making it one of the lightest cars of its kind, according to Omoda.

omoda 9 front three quarter

They will be joined later this year by the flagship Omoda 9, which will launch with the same 1.6-litre petrol engine. A plug-in hybrid with two- or four-wheel-drive will follow soon after.

The 9 is around 4.7m long and has an even greater focus on a premium-feeling interior. Pricing is expected to start at around £35,000.

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