In what has been a long and slow burn, new-to-New Zealand brand Omoda have released the pricing for their C5 and E5 models.

The three models will be available at a nationwide dealer network from today. According to Omoda, with the E5 model priced from $47,990 the model is positioned to be New Zealand’s lowest recommended retail price full battery electric vehicle with a WLTP range of 400km or more.

Omoda C5 models

Omoda C5 1.5T BX available from $29,990 + ORC

Omoda C5 1.5T EX available from at $34,990 + ORC

Omoda C5 GT models

Omoda C5 1.6T GT available from $37,990 + ORC

Omoda C5 1.6GT AWD available from $39,990 + ORC

Omoda E5 models

Omoda E5 BX available from $47,990

Omoda E5 EX available from $54,990

Sheldon Humphries, Omoda Jaecoo Country Manager, was thrilled to announce the pricing last night as the brand marked its arrival to New Zealand shores for the first time.

“Our commitment to offering competitive pricing represents not just value, but our dedication to accessibility, innovation and exceeding the expectations of Kiwi drivers. We believe our competitive pricing strategy will not only make premium vehicles more attainable but will also drive a new era of value-driven experiences on the roads of New Zealand.” says Humphries.

The Omoda E5 features an eco-friendly lithium iron-phosphate battery with a 430 km range and rapid 30% to 80% charging in just 28 minutes, Humphries says. Omoda says it offers smooth acceleration and a long range suitable for city driving and weekend getaways. Equipped with a 24.6-inch dual screen, ambient lighting, and advanced safety features such as blind spot monitoring and automatic emergency braking, the E5 delivers a futuristic driving experience.

“Omoda aspires not only to offer cleaner, greener modes of transportation to global users through cutting-edge technology, but also create a better future and lead the future of intelligent green mobility or ‘new energy’,” says Humphries.

Available in both a turbocharged 1.5-litre and a more powerful 1.6-litre engine, along with advanced technology such as the dual 10.25-inch screens and an AI voice command system, the Omoda C5 adds a futuristic touch to any ride, claims the company. You can read DriveLife’s first impressions of the C5 here.

Standard amenities include wireless charging, LED headlights, and driver assistance systems. The premium model adds front and rear parking sensors, and a 360-degree surround camera.

Being new to New Zealand, Omoda says it recognises the need for security, with all models of its vehicles boasting a seven-year warranty and complimentary up to seven-year AA Roadside Assistance package, as well as an 8 year/160,000km battery warranty for EV models.

Omoda Jaecoo will release eight models to New Zealand over the next two years under the Omoda and Jaecoo brands, the later of which is designed mostly for the off-road market. While the vehicles will be new to Kiwis, the brand is experiencing significant growth in 18 markets worldwide with 12,000 vehicles sold in November 2023 alone.

DriveLife will be booking in all models for our normal full, comprehensive review.

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Fred Alvrez
How on earth to start this? I've been car/bike/truck crazy since I was a teen. Like John, I had the obligatory Countach poster on the wall. I guess I'm more officially into classic and muscle cars than anything else - I currently have a '65 Sunbeam Tiger that left the factory the same day as I left the hospital as a newborn with my mother. How could I not buy that car? In 2016 my wife and I drove across the USA in a brand-new Dodge Challenger, and then shipped it home. You can read more on We did this again in 2019 in a 1990 Chev Corvette - you can read about that trip on DriveLife. I'm a driving instructor and an Observer for the Institute of Advanced Motorists - trying to do my bit to make our roads safer.


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