Chery Omoda E5 EV launched in Malaysia – 430 km range, 7.6s, 8yr batt warranty, CKD Q2 2024, RM147k

Chery Omoda E5 EV launched in Malaysia – 430 km range, 7.6s, 8yr batt warranty, CKD Q2 2024, RM147k

After a long gestation period, the Chery Omoda E5 is finally launched. The electric-powered sister to the Omoda 5 SUV is priced at RM146,800 on-the-road without insurance, which is significantly under the estimated price of RM160,000 that was announced last month, when order books opened. The first batch is CBU imported from China but local assembly will start in Q2 2024, making the Omoda E5 the first Chinese CKD EV in Malaysia.

There’s only one variant and one powertrain, which has a front-mounted electric motor with 204 PS (150 kW) and 340 Nm of torque, which pushes the SUV from 0-100 km/h in a claimed 7.2 seconds. Top speed is 172 km/h. The battery is a 61 kWh lithium iron phosphate (LFP) unit sourced from BYD, good for 430 km of range in the WLTP cycle. Claimed power consumption is 15.5 kWh per 100 km.

For charging, the ‘e-Future Ranger’ has a three-phase onboard AC charger with a max rate of 9.9 kW, as well as DC fast charging of up to 80 kW; the latter capable of getting the battery from 30% to 80% state of charge in 28 minutes. There’s also a vehicle-to-load (V2L) function that allows the car to deliver up to 3.3 kW to power electrical appliances and devices. The latter is useful for outdoor activities or blackouts.

Chery Omoda E5 EV launched in Malaysia – 430 km range, 7.6s, 8yr batt warranty, CKD Q2 2024, RM147k

The EV looks similar to the ICE-powered Omoda 5 from all angles except for the front end, where the E5 gets an active grille shutter that opens and closes depending on the motor temperature and aerodynamic requirements. That also means that the ICE car’s divisive studded grille is no more – is this better for you?

Like the ICE Omoda 5, the E5 is a B-segment SUV that’s 4,420 mm long and 1,830 mm wide, with a 2,630 mm wheelbase. Those figures are 35 mm, 45 mm and 90 mm less than the BYD Atto 3, respectively. Ground clearance is 145 mm and boot volume is 483 litres.

The electric Omoda also comes with one-pedal driving support, a creep function and something called pocket brake, which activates emergency braking when the ‘Park’ button is pressed while driving. Chery says that its EV has safely passed a ‘water wading test’ and ‘bottom scrapping test’.

Chery Omoda E5 EV launched in Malaysia – 430 km range, 7.6s, 8yr batt warranty, CKD Q2 2024, RM147k

In the kit department, the Omoda E5 comes with LED projector headlamps, 18-inch alloy wheels, a powered sunroof, powered tailgate, puddle lamps, selectable drive modes, leather upholstery (in a very nice blue and grey two-tone, or all-black), ventilated front seats, dual-zone climate control (with PM 2.5 filter and rear vents), dynamic ambient lighting, a 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster and a 12.3-inch touchscreen. Sound comes out from an eight-speaker Sony system.

Chery markets the latter as a ‘24.6-inch curved 2K HD dual-screen’. The infotainment system is powered by a Qualcomm 8155 system on chip (SoC) and includes support for both Android Auto and Apple CarPlay (wireless). There’s also a 50W wireless charger with cooling function.

As for driver assistance systems, there’s a 360-degree camera, automatic high beam, lead vehicle departure alert, adaptive cruise control, front collision warning, autonomous emergency braking, lane departure warning and prevention, lane keep assist, rear cross traffic alert and a tyre pressure monitoring system. Chery calls the bundle ADAS 2.5.

If you’re wondering why is there no app support, Chery says that it’s currently developing a completely new app for Malaysia, as the existing app from China has a UI that’s deemed not suitable for Malaysian use.

On to warranty, which is notable. The standard vehicle warranty is seven years or 150,000 km, and you’ll get a separate eight-year or 160,000 km battery and drive unit warranty. The latter includes the power motor control unit, power battery management system and vehicle control unit. By the way, if the EV battery’s state of health falls below 70% while the car is under warranty, Chery will offer a ‘1-to-1’ replacement with no questions asked.

By the way, the first 2,000 bookings will get a complimentary 7 kW wallbox (worth RM3.5k), V2L adapter (worth RM500) and RM1,000 worth of EVC roaming partners credit (including Gentari and ChargEV). There’s an exclusive interest rate of 2.08% from Maybank. Chery says that the early bird package savings are worth RM11k, including interest rate savings. Also notable is complimentary charging at all Chery dealerships.

Click to enlarge spec sheet

Lastly, colours. Choose from Aqua Green, Khaki White, Phantom Grey and Dark Black. Unfortunately, the rather lovely red colour you see in the gallery below is not available. For the interior, it’s either blue-grey or all-black.

What do you think of the package you get for RM146,800? For context, the E5’s price is significantly higher than the RM108,800 to RM118,800 Chery is charging for the ICE O5, but it massively undercuts the BYD Atto 3 Extended Range‘s sticker price of RM167,800. The MG ZS EV, which is now open for booking, has an estimated price of RM129k but the range is lower (320 km) and it looks less fancy/modern.

GALLERY: Chery Omoda E5 in Malaysia, Aqua Green

GALLERY: Chery Omoda E5 in red

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Danny Tan

Danny Tan loves driving as much as he loves a certain herbal meat soup, and sweet engine music as much as drum beats. He has been in the auto industry since 2006, previously filling the pages of two motoring magazines before joining this website. Enjoys detailing the experience more than the technical details.

 

Comments

  • Better than mazda cx30 & mazda cx3

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  • The range is questionable considering the low power for EVs.. Hopefully that the actual actual WLTP range

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  • Pro-Palestine on Mar 06, 2024 at 4:29 pm

    Wow. very fair price. I’ll probably buy one after seeing the review. Car feels and looks like a 450k car for only 147k. Untung pembeli

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  • Nice

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  • kckfen on Mar 06, 2024 at 4:33 pm

    Price is not bad, Toyota Corolla Cross Hybrid at Rm143k while this is Rm147k. Interior look much better, this will put pressure to Toyota to lauch the facelift model fast

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  • Bieight8 on Mar 06, 2024 at 4:47 pm

    If got 150k buy hrv hybrid or corolla Cross hybrid better resale value…

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    • ClownsEverywhere on Mar 08, 2024 at 2:14 pm

      Buy house lah… if u want resell value…
      Somemore comparing EV & Hybrid cars, two different type of cars, take Civic 1.5Turbo into this to compare la, brainless

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  • Yeow LS on Mar 06, 2024 at 4:49 pm

    WLTP is WLTP

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  • Ben Yap on Mar 06, 2024 at 5:11 pm

    don’t know why EV even though has high hp, their top speed is miserable.

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    • tumbuk on Mar 06, 2024 at 6:16 pm

      EV always like that but good thing is that acceleration and fuel consumption is better than gasoline cars

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    • maybe because instant torque of EV is more suitable for city driving and for today’s technology you probably should get a more spacious petrol car for long distance highway trips which will be more comfortable too

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    • Woah !!! Calm down, Speed Racer …

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    • Whlawson on Mar 06, 2024 at 7:12 pm

      Top speed not too bad a recond cars from Japan have speed limit of 180km/hr.

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    • EV enthusiast on Mar 07, 2024 at 9:32 am

      you think it’s because they can’t run faster than that? Their top speed is limited by software not hardware. No point going beyond that 170km/h anyway.

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    • limitation of electric motors.. it cannot sustain very hi rpm for hi speed.. so its limited for reliability..
      and there’s no low/hi gear unlike petrol engines.
      instant torq is much better than hi speed for casual use..

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    • Ev only has one gear or direct transmission from motor to tyre, that why top speed limited.

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  • ROTI CANAI on Mar 06, 2024 at 6:55 pm

    still prefer mg4

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    • MG4 is more of a basic option, this one looks and feel more upmarket, but too bad price also upmarket zzzz

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  • Syaiton apakah yg merasuk selling price dia…

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  • these EV will be use and throw, negligible resale value like Sangyong. The Cherry closed it showroom in my town, not sure if it exit Malaysia for a while. I cant believe how people justify to buy over Corolla Cross ! Good luck folks.

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