New Omoda 5 EV: electric version of Chinese SUV revealed

October 16, 2023 by

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Omoda will be making its UK debut later this year, and it’s just announced specs for the 5 EV. Read on for all you need to know.

  • New Omoda 5 EV revealed
  • Electric version of the C5 SUV
  • Slightly tweaked styling
  • Up to 280 miles of range
  • 204hp electric motor
  • On sale in March 2024

This is the new Omoda 5 EV. This Chinese brand is a newcomer to the UK, and it already revealed the petrol-powered C5 in early 2023.

This all-electric version will provide an alternative to other electric SUVs such as the Volvo XC40 Recharge and Kia Niro EV when it goes on sale in 2024.

New Omoda 5 EV design

The petrol-powered Omoda C5 was revealed earlier this year, and the 5 EV shares a lot of its design with that car. The key differences here are at the front, as you can see in the image below.

With no engine under the bonnet needing cooling, the new 5 EV has a smoothed-off grille which makes it look less cluttered, a bit like a teenager who’s just had their braces off. There’s also a new trim strip across the bonnet with the Omoda branding emblazoned across it.

The side profile is exactly the same as the petrol-powered C5, meaning you get a sporty-looking sloping roofline. This car is around the same size as a Toyota C-HR, and the rear quarter looks similar to that car with the massive spoiler and muscular haunches.

It’s a similar story at the back of the car, where the Omoda 5 EV has the same full-width light bar as its fuel-burning equivalent. There are no fake exhaust surrounds on this car though, and the lower bumper design appears to be less fussy.

New Omoda 5 EV motors and batteries

The petrol-powered Omoda C5 is launching in the UK with a 1.6-litre petrol engine, something which is not exactly cutting-edge these days. This all-electric version is much more on trend, and it offers a decent amount of range.

The 5 EV is fitted with a 61kWh battery, giving it 280 miles of range. That’s almost 20 miles more than the BYD Atto 3 can manage, however it falls around 40 miles short of the new Hyundai Kona Electric. A 0-80% charge will also take around 30 minutes from a 110kW fast charger.

Powering the front wheels is a 204hp electric motor, and 0-60mph is dealt with in 7.6 seconds. That’s 0.2 of a second quicker than the 196hp petrol C5, but it’s not quite as brisk as the BYD Atto 3.

New Omoda 5 EV price and release date

The new Omoda 5 EV will start appearing in UK showrooms in March 2024, a few months after the petrol version.

There’s no word on pricing just yet, however you can expect this electric SUV to fetch similar money to the BYD Atto 3. Expect a figure of around £35,000.

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