Volvo, together with Chinese carmaker Chery, rounded off their presentations at the Kia Motors Festival with two sophisticated models that were on display over the weekend.

Cherry

Partially hidden, Chery hasn’t said much about the entry-level Omoda 5

Chery’s debutant was unveiled last November as the coupe-style Omoda 5, housed in a partially blacked-out glass box that the brand refused to open or lift to get a closer look at the newbie.

The first model to showcase Chery’s Art in Motion styling language, the dramatic Omoda 5 incorporates styling not only from the Audi Q8 and DS4, but also from the Volkswagen Tiago/Nivus, with sporty front headlights that reflect Volvo’s Thor’s Hammer design.

READ ALSO: Dramatic Chery Omoda 5 approved for South Africa

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​While the interior is not clearly visible, as shown in the example presented at the Guangzhou Motor Show, it is largely identical to the interior of current Chery models, although it has received a dual 10.25-inch display panel instruments and infotainment system, as well as BMW. -the rotary dial style would seem to be for the latter.

Up front, the Omoda 5 draws motivation from the same 1.6 T-GDI engine used in the Tiggo 8 Pro with 145kW/290Nm. Drive also goes to the front wheels via a seven-speed dual-clutch gearbox.

Presentations of Volvo and Chery at the Car Festival in Kyalam
The coupe-style crossover is expected to sit between the Tiggo 7 Pro and the Tiggo Pro 8, although this is not yet officially known.

While Chery has remained mum on the eventual market debut of the Omoda 5, it has confirmed the availability of a new engine for the Tiggo 8 Pro in the form of a 2.0 T-GDI from November this year.

In China, the unit produces 192kW/400Nm sent to the front wheels via a seven-speed dual-clutch gearbox, a combination South Africa can look forward to after sales launch. The price is still unknown.

Volvo

It is believed to be the replacement for the Volvo South Africa-built XC90, better known as the unnamed Beast, this time using the XC60 as a more lifestyle-oriented base.

Finished in gloss black with yellow accents, the model also gets gloss black alloy wheels, a black grille, yellow brake calipers, yellow badges and yellow seat belts, and a custom roof box that rests on Thule rails.

Based on the T8 Recharge hybrid, no mechanical changes have been made, meaning power and torque output is 340kW/709Nm in combined form.

In addition, Volvo has confirmed a facelifted version of the XC40 before the end of the year, followed by further updates to the XC90, which is rumored to be replaced next year by an all-new model to be called the EXC90.

Finally, the C40 Recharge will be available as a step up from the XC60, but only in the first half of next year, with pricing yet to be confirmed.

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