At the recent 2024 Beijing International Automotive Exhibition, Omoda Jaecoo unveiled the Jaecoo J7 model that is set to launch in New Zealand this July.

“After successfully launching Omoda in April, we’re excited to be welcoming Jaecoo to the fleet in July. Jaecoo aims to combine all-road capabilities with new energy solutions, creating a more efficient and environmentally friendly off-road driving experiences for users,” says Sheldon Humphries, Country Manager of Omoda Jaecoo New Zealand.

The Jaecoo J7 will be available in both internal combustion engine (ICE) and plug-in hybrid version (PHEV) models. The ICE model is equipped with 1.6-litre, four-cylinder turbocharged engine paired with a 7-speed dual-clutch transmission.

The PHEV model has a 1.5-litre, 4-cylinder petrol engine with plug-in hybrid assist, producing 225kW/525Nm, with a pure electric range of up to 88km and claimed fuel consumption of 4.9L/100km in HEV mode. The total range is approximately 1,200km.

Crafted with ARDIS (all road drive intelligent system), Humphries claims the J7 delivers intelligent and efficient driving control in all terrains. “With nearly 20 ADAS (advanced driver-assistance system) functions, the J7 offers a comprehensive safety assurance for all drivers,” he says.

New Zealanders purchasing a Jaecoo vehicle in 2024 will be backed by up to seven years of AA Roadside Assistance to mirror their seven- year vehicle warranty, regardless of mileage.

In May 2024, Omoda Jaecoo announced its new rank as the fastest-growing automotive brand in the world. Through its highly competitive fleet, the brand claims it is setting new standards for excellence and innovation, reshaping the automotive landscape.

Pricing for the Jaecoo J7 model is yet to be confirmed.

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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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