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The South African representative office of Omoda (owned by Chery) announced a new product for the local market – the flagship crossover C9. So far it has only been shown in a teaser, but it is already clear what kind of model it is: in Russia it is presented under the name Exeed RX. The fact is that the Exeed brand is not present in South Africa, and therefore the RX nameplates were replaced and it became the C9. In the local Omoda model line, the flagship SUV will join the “junior” C5 and C5 GT.

The Omoda C9 differs from the familiar Exeed RX only in nameplates: the models have the same dimensions and front design with a frameless radiator grille. The interior has not yet been declassified, but it is logical to assume that it will be the same for crossovers, with the exception of the Omoda emblem on the steering wheel.

Under the hood, the Omoda C9 has a two-liter engine, like the RX, but its power is different. According to unofficial data, on the C9 the engine will develop 262 horsepower and 400 Nm of torque, while in the Exeed crossover, in the specification for Russia, the unit is derated to 249 horsepower and 385 Nm of torque. South African media are tipping the C9 to have a classic eight-speed automatic transmission and all-wheel drive system.

More details will emerge closer to the model’s launch later this summer.

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Meanwhile, Russia is waiting for the Omoda C7, a crossover slightly larger (and more expensive) than the C5. And this is not a redesigned Chery Tiggo 7 Pro: they have different dimensions and design. Unusual equipment includes laser headlights and a 15.6-inch touchscreen, which can be moved longitudinally from the central tunnel to the front passenger. So far, a five-seat hybrid version has been presented with an installation based on a one and a half liter internal combustion engine, which works in conjunction with a 1DHT130 robotic gearbox with a built-in electric motor. Later, Omoda promised to show non-electrified versions.

The presentation of the Russian Omoda C7 will take place before the end of the year. Sales in our country and neighboring Kazakhstan may begin in the fourth quarter of 2024, or may be delayed until the first quarter of 2025. According to unofficial data, the “Seven” is being adapted to the conditions of the CIS, so that a more conservative technical filling without an electric add-on is possible.

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