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.

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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