Ora 07

  • 2024 GWM Ora 07 Malaysian review – 640 km NEDC range; from RM170k; better EV than Model 3 and Seal?

    2024 GWM Ora 07 Malaysian review – 640 km NEDC range; from RM170k; better EV than Model 3 and Seal?

    Launched in Malaysia in early April this year, the GWM Ora 07 enters a competitive electric vehicle (EV) segment that includes comparable rivals such as the Tesla Model 3 and BYD Seal. Buyers have two variants to choose from, starting with the base Long Range at RM169,800 on-the-road without insurance, while the Performance retails for RM189,800.

    At that starting price, the Ora 07 undercuts both the Model 3 (from RM181,000) and Seal (from RM180,430). Included with each purchase is a six-year, 150,000-km warranty and an eight-year, 180,000-km battery and electric motor warranty. There’s also a one-to-one battery replacement if its health drops below 70% within the warranty period.

    The variant featured in this video review is the Long Range, which comes with a front-mounted electric motor rated at 204 PS (201 hp or 150 kW) and 340 Nm of torque for a 0-100 km/h time of 7.9 seconds and top speed of 170 km/h. Powering the electric motor is an 83.5-kWh nickel manganese cobalt (NMC) battery that is good for up to 640 km of range following the NEDC standard.

    The Ora 07 supports DC fast charging at a max capacity of 88 kW, with 32 minutes needed to get the battery from a 30-80% state of charge. Alternatively, there’s AC charging at up to 11 kW that needs 15 hours for a full charge. You also get a vehicle-to-load (V2L) function that can output up to 3.3 kW to power devices.

    Standard kit for the Ora 07 include 18-inch alloy wheels, LED headlamps, a 10.25 digital instrument display, a panoramic glass roof, a 12.3-inch infotainment touchscreen, wireless Android Auto and Apple CarPlay support, a wireless charging pad, dual-zone climate control with rear vents, a head-up display, keyless entry and start, powered front seats with ventilation and massaging functions, ambient lighting, an 11-speaker Infinity sound system, a 360-degree camera and a hands-free powered tailgate.

    Driver assistance systems include autonomous emergency braking, adaptive cruise control with stop and go, lane centring assist, an Intelligent Evade system that gives more space in the lane for large vehicles such as lorries, blind spot monitoring, rear cross traffic alert with auto brake, traffic sign recognition, park assist and auto high beam.

    Given these specifications, does the Ora 07 make a good case for itself for those who are cross-shopping with the Model 3 and Seal? Hafriz Shah shares his thoughts in our video review that is well worth a watch, so check it out before posting in the comments below.

     
     
  • GWM Ora 07 launched in Malaysia – electric sedan with up to 408 PS, 640 km NEDC range, from RM170k

    GWM Ora 07 launched in Malaysia – electric sedan with up to 408 PS, 640 km NEDC range, from RM170k

    Previewed almost exactly a month ago, the GWM Ora 07 has been launched in Malaysia. Great Wall Motor’s flagship electric vehicle looks to compete with the likes of the Tesla Model 3 and BYD Seal – and it undercuts the both of them.

    As previously reported, the Ora 07 will be available in two variants, the front-wheel-drive Long Range and all-wheel-drive Performance. Prices are as follows:

    • GWM Ora 07 Long Range – RM169,800
    • GWM Ora 07 Performance – RM189,800

    These figures are recommended retail prices (excluding on-the-road costs) and include a six-year/150,000 km warranty and an eight-year/180,000 km battery and motor warranty. There’s also a one-to-one battery replacement if its health drops below 70% during the warranty period.

    Additionally, the first 500 customers will receive a free AC wallbox charger and a general warranty extension to eight years or 180,000 km, matching the battery warranty. There’s also a RM3,000 rebate in store if you’ve purchased an older GWM vehicle.

    GWM Ora 07 launched in Malaysia – electric sedan with up to 408 PS, 640 km NEDC range, from RM170k

    The Ora 07 is built on GWM’s Lemon platform – the same one that underpins the Good Cat – with the Long Range model shown here powered by a single front motor that produces 204 PS (150 kW) and 340 Nm of torque, enabling it to get from zero to 100 km/h in 7.9 seconds on its way to a top speed of 170 km/h. An 83.5 kWh nickel manganese cobalt (NMC) battery comes as standard and provides a range of 640 km on the rather lenient NEDC cycle.

    As the name suggests, the Performance is quite a bit quicker, thanks to a second motor providing all-wheel drive and a total output of 408 PS (300 kW) and 680 Nm. This roughly halves the century sprint time to 4.3 seconds, as well as delivering a higher top speed of 180 km/h. More power equals less efficiency, so the range drops to 483 km, this time on the WLTP cycle.

    Both models support just 88 kW of DC fast charging, taking 32 minutes to top up the battery from 30 to 80%. On the flip side, the Ora 07 can accept up to 11 kW of AC charging, although the quoted charging time is still a lengthy 15 hours. There’s also a 3.3 kW vehicle-to-load function, three regenerative braking settings and five drive modes – Normal, Well-Being (dulls the throttle response to make it easier to drive), Eco, Sport and Individual.

    GWM Ora 07 launched in Malaysia – electric sedan with up to 408 PS, 640 km NEDC range, from RM170k

    The Ora 07 measures 4,871 mm long, 1,862 mm wide, 1,500 mm tall, making it quite a bit bigger than its competition. Against its main rival, the Tesla Model 3, the GWM is 151 mm longer, 12 mm wider and 60 mm taller, while its 2,870 mm wheelbase is just five millimetres shorter.

    The extra length imbues the Ora 07 with greater road presence, helped by the car’s organic Porsche-aping fastback design. The Zuffenhausen inspiration is visible in the round LED headlights, sloping rump and active rear spoiler, while the scalloped sides hints at the oft-forgotten Ferrari 612 Scaglietti. Flush pop-out door handles and an active grille shutter help deliver a low drag coefficient of 0.22.

    Adding to the premium feel are the frameless windows (something the Seal doesn’t get) and triangular LED taillights. You also get alloy wheels that measure 18 inches in diameter on the Long Range (with Hankook Ventus S1 Evo 3 EV tyres) and 19 inches on the Performance, the latter featuring a striking oval design and rolling on Michelin Pilot Sport EV rubber. Red brake callipers are also exclusive to the Performance.

    GWM Ora 07 launched in Malaysia – electric sedan with up to 408 PS, 640 km NEDC range, from RM170k

    The supercar connotations continue on the inside, where the Ora 07 sports a slim centre console, chunky bucket seats and a hooded instrument binnacle where a 10.25-inch display resides. The car also comes with a panoramic glass roof as standard, with the rear windscreen and roof being made from a single uninterrupted piece of glass, just like in the Model 3.

    In the middle sits a 12.3-inch infotainment display with wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto support, along with a (much-welcomed) set of physical controls – including three vertically-arranged air-con knobs. There’s just one cupholder, however, sitting ahead of a Qi wireless charging slot.

    The car also features a Super I Space function that engages the air conditioning and the seat ventilation and massagers to help occupants relax, similar to Mercedes-Benz’s Energising feature. Two modes are available, these being Sweet Mode and Cave Time, the latter displaying a fireplace animation on the centre touchscreen.

    Other standard features include keyless entry and start, a head-up display, power-adjustable front seats with ventilation and massage functions, ambient lighting (replete with a rhythm mode that follows the music you’re playing), an 11-speaker Infinity sound system, a 360-degree camera system and a hands-free powered boot lid.

    Safety-wise, the Ora 07 comes fully equipped with driver assists that include autonomous emergency braking, adaptive cruise control with stop and go, lane centring assist, an Intelligent Evade system that gives more space in the lane for large vehicles such as lorries, blind spot monitoring, rear cross traffic alert with auto brake, traffic sign recognition, park assist and auto high beam.

    The Ora 07 is available in either grey, purple or white, with a faux leather interior in black for the Long Range model and brown for the Performance. However, for an extra RM2,500, buyers of the Long Range variant will be able to upgrade to the brown interior.


    GALLERY: GWM Ora 07 Long Range in Malaysia

     
     
  • GWM Ora 07 to be launched 4pm, watch it live on FB

    GWM Ora 07 to be launched 4pm, watch it live on FB

    Previewed last month, the GWM Ora 07 is set to be officially introduced later today at 4 pm, and you’ll be able to catch the launch of the electric vehicle (EV) live on both GWM Malaysia and paultan.org‘s official Facebook pages.

    A quick recap of the car before its full debut. The Ora 07, which is also known as the Lightning Cat or Grand Cat, will be offered here in two variants, these being a Long Range (as seen in the gallery photos below) and Performance.

    Both feature an 83.5-kWh lithium iron phosphate (LFP) battery, which on the Long Range provides up to 640 km (NEDC cycle) of travel on a single charge. The variant features a front-mounted electric motor offering 204 PS (201 hp or 150 kW) and 340 Nm of torque, which is good to get the car to a 170 km/h top speed.

    GWM Ora 07 to be launched 4pm, watch it live on FB

    As for the Performance, it has a dual-motor, all-wheel drive set-up, providing 408 PS (402 hp or 300 kW) and 680 Nm, enabling a higher top speed of 180 km/h and a 0-100 km/h time of 4.3 seconds. Naturally, the operating range is lower, in this case 550 km on a single charge.

    While charging specifications haven’t been ventured, we’ll know soon enough what they are later today. They are likely to be similar to the 07 sold in Thailand, where the same two powertrain configurations are available. There, the Ora 07 supports AC charging (Type 2) at up to 11 kW, while DC fast charging (CCS) peaks at 88 kW. The car also supports vehicle-to-load (V2L) charging at up to 3.3 kW.

    We’ll have the full lowdown on the fastback-styled EV, which is underpinned by the automaker’s Lemon platform, later this evening, including prices. Of course, you can also head on over to the GWM Malaysia or paultan.org FB pages to catch the reveal as it happens.

    GALLERY: GWM Ora 07 Long Range, Malaysian preview

     
     
  • 2024 Ora 07 previewed in Malaysia – two variants, up to 640 km EV range; Tesla Model 3, BYD Seal rival

    2024 Ora 07 previewed in Malaysia – two variants, up to 640 km EV range; Tesla Model 3, BYD Seal rival

    After opening the order books for the Ora 07 just a few days ago, GWM Malaysia has now previewed the electric vehicle (EV) ahead of an official launch. The 07, which is also known as the Lightning Cat or Grand Cat, will be offered here in two variants: Long Range (pictured here) and Performance.

    Both feature an 83.5-kWh nickel manganese cobalt (NMC) battery, with the Long Range variant providing up to 640 km following the NEDC standard. The base option comes with a front-mounted electric motor rated at 204 PS (201 hp or 150 kW) and 340 Nm of torque for a top speed of 170 km/h.

    Stepping up to the Performance nets you a dual-motor, all-wheel drive setup providing 408 PS (402 hp or 300 kW) and 680 Nm, enabling a higher top speed of 180 km/h and 0-100 km/h time of 4.3 seconds. This heightened level of performance does come at the cost of range, which drops to 550 km (NEDC; 430 km WLTP).

    GWM Malaysia didn’t provide detailed charging information, but it should be similar to the 07 sold in Thailand, which is available with the same two powertrain options. The 07 supports AC charging (Type 2) at up to 11 kW while peak DC fast charging (CCS) peaks at 88 kW. There’s also support for vehicle-to-load (V2L) at up to 3.3 kW to power accessories.

    2024 Ora 07 previewed in Malaysia – two variants, up to 640 km EV range; Tesla Model 3, BYD Seal rival

    In terms of size, the 07 measures 4,871 mm long, 1,862 mm wide, 1,500 mm tall and its wheelbase spans 2,870 mm. These figures are comparable to the Tesla Model 3 and BYD Seal, both of which the 07 competes against.

    The 07 is built on GWM’s Lemon platform and boasts an aerodynamic fastback shape with a drag coefficient of just 0.22. Do you like the look? Does it remind of you of another vehicle from a German brand? That’s a debate that belongs in the comments, so share your thoughts down below.

    Key cues include oval-shaped LED lighting units at the front and rear, 18- or 19-inch wheels, an active rear spoiler, frameless door windows and a good helping of chrome accents. On the inside, you’ll find simple horizontal dashboard that accommodates a 12.3-inch infotainment touchscreen as well as a 10.25-inch digital instrument cluster, the latter spread across three binnacle pods.

    2024 Ora 07 previewed in Malaysia – two variants, up to 640 km EV range; Tesla Model 3, BYD Seal rival

    There’s also a T-shaped centre console which is angled and has a hollowed-out section underneath for a storage cubby and power outlets. Overhead is a large panoramic sunroof, while other features include leather upholstery, dual-zone climate control (with rear vents), a powered tailgate, powered front seats with massaging function, an 11-speaker Harman Infinity sound system as well as support for Android Auto and Apple CarPlay.

    The 07 will come with with advanced driver assistance systems including lane departure system, lane keeping assist, blind spot detection, intelligent evasion, traffic sign recognition and more.

    Three exterior colours will be offered to customers, namely Crystal Purple, Amethyst Gray and Jade White, with black and brown being the interior colours. As reported previously, customers who place an early booking will receive a limited-time offer of a five-year free maintenance package (inclusive of parts and labour).

    We were told that the 07 will be launched very soon, although GWM Malaysia isn’t giving an exact date for now or even any indication of pricing for that matter. Would you pick this over comparable EVs like the Tesla Model 3 and BYD Seal?

     
     
  • Ora 07 EV arrives in Malaysia – to be launched soon?

    Ora 07 EV arrives in Malaysia – to be launched soon?

    Great Wall Motor Malaysia has announced that besides the Tank 300, it has also brought in the first units of the Ora 07, which is also known as the Lightning Cat or Grand Cat elsewhere. In late January, the company had indicated that the electric vehicle’s local market debut would be sometime in the first quarter, and so it looks like the arrival of the initial batch means that a launch can be expected very soon.

    The company previously said that EV – which will be the automaker’s second EV to be sold here after the Good Cat – will be available here in two configuration forms, with the first being a single electric motor version with 640 km of range, while the second will be a twin-motor, all-wheel drive variant offering 550 km of travel range.

    These correspond to the two variants of the Ora 07 sold in Thailand, both equipped with an 83.5 kWh ternary lithium battery. The Long Range has a front-mounted electric motor rated at 204 PS (201 hp or 150 kW) and 340 Nm of torque, while the Performance’s system offers a total system output of 408 PS (402 hp or 300 kW) and 680 Nm.

    There has been no indication so far about pricing, but in Thailand, the Ora 07 retails for between 1.299-1.499 million baht (RM172k-RM199k). As such, the all-electric fastback sedan, which is underpinned by the manufacturer’s Lemon E platform, is set to enter the fray here as a competitor to the likes of the Tesla Model 3 and BYD Seal.

    GALLERY: GWM Ora Grand Cat preview in Thailand

    GALLERY: GWM Ora Lightning Cat

     
     
  • Ora 07 launching in Malaysia in Q1 2024 – single-, dual-motor variants; up to 640 km EV range, 408 PS

    Ora 07 launching in Malaysia in Q1 2024 – single-, dual-motor variants; up to 640 km EV range, 408 PS

    Great Wall Motor (GWM) Malaysia has confirmed the Ora 07 will be officially launched in the first quarter of 2024. The electric vehicle (EV) was previously teased by the company earlier this year but there wasn’t much in the way of details at the time.

    Thankfully, GWM Malaysia has provided some preliminary details of the Ora 07 to go along with its announcement. Firstly, the EV will come in two configurations, with the first featuring a single electric motor and 640 km of range. Meanwhile, the other option comes with two electric motors for all-wheel drive as well as a range of 550 km.

    The range figures (NEDC standard) correspond to the two variants of the Ora 07 sold in Thailand, both with an 83.5-kWh ternary lithium battery. In Thailand, the line-up starts with the Long Range that has a front-mounted electric motor rated at 204 PS (201 hp or 150 kW) and 340 Nm of torque. This is followed by the Performance which has a total system output of 408 PS (402 hp or 300 kW) and 680 Nm.

    No word on Malaysian pricing for now, but the Ora 07 in Thailand retails for between 1.299-1.499 million baht (RM172k-RM199k). When launched, the Ora 07 will be the brand’s second EV to be sold here, with the first being the Good Cat.

    “We are thrilled to bring the ORA 07 to Malaysia, reinforcing our commitment to providing our customers with top-notch, eco-friendly transportation options,” said Cui Anqi, managing director of GWM Malaysia “The Malaysian market holds tremendous potential, and we believe ORA 07 will attract customers seeking uniqueness,” he added.

    GALLERY: GWM Ora Grand Cat preview in Thailand

    GALLERY: GWM Ora Lightning Cat

     
     
  • 2024 Ora 07 EV teased by GWM Malaysia – fastback sedan rival to Tesla Model 3, BYD Seal arriving soon?

    2024 Ora 07 EV teased by GWM Malaysia – fastback sedan rival to Tesla Model 3, BYD Seal arriving soon?

    Great Wall Motor Malaysia has teased the Great Wall Motor (GWM) Ora 07 EV in a Facebook post, indicating that the electric fastback sedan is set to make an official arrival in the Malaysian market.

    The Ora 07 is also known as the Lightning Cat or Grand Cat, underpinning by the manufacturer’s Lemon E platform and will contest the EV segment with the likes of the Tesla Model 3 and BYD Seal. In neighbouring Thailand, the Ora 07 was priced from 1.299 million baht (RM174,648) at its launch beginning with the Long Range variant, along with the Performance variant that was launched at 1.499 million baht (RM201,655).

    Both of those variants sold in Thailand get an 83.5 kWh ternary lithium battery, powering a front-mounted 204 PS/340 Nm motor in the base Long Range variant, while the Performance gets a dual-motor AWD setup with exactly double the outputs, at 408 PS and 680 Nm of torque. The latter does a claimed 4.3 seconds for the 0-100 km/h sprint, on to a top speed of 180 km/h; the Long Range maxes out at 170 km/h.

    Range for the Long Range variant is up to 640 km on the NEDC testing standard, with the Performance achieving up to 550 km. The Ora 07 can be recharged from 30-80% in just over 30 minutes via DC charging of unspecified input, while vehicle-to-load capability enables the powering of accessories from the car.

    2024 Ora 07 EV teased by GWM Malaysia – fastback sedan rival to Tesla Model 3, BYD Seal arriving soon?

    The Ora 07 offers a variety of driving modes to choose from, with Eco, Well Being, Normal, Sport and Individual offered on the base Long Range variant, while the Performance adds a further Sport+ mode. Three modes are offered for the steering – Light, Comfort and Sport.

    In terms of safety equipment, both variants get a nearly identical feature set including six airbags, a 360-degree camera, adaptive cruise control with cornering assist and traffic jam assist, front and rear collision warning, autonomous emergency braking, manoeuvre emergency braking, lane departure warning, lane keep assist, lane centring, wisdom dodge system, lane change assist, rear cross traffic alert with braking, hill start assist and a tyre pressure monitoring system.

    To those, the Performance variant adds more parking sensors for a total of six (the Long Range gets four), as well as park assist and automatic reversing assistance.

    Given its launch pricing in Thailand, the GWM Ora 07 could closely match the pricing of aforementioned rivals in Malaysia, the Tesla Model 3 and BYD Seal, ranging from under RM190k to RM220k between variants. What do you think of the GWM entry into the premium EV sedan segment?

    GALLERY: Great Wall Ora 07 in Thailand

    GALLERY: GWM Ora Grand Cat preview in Thailand

    GALLERY: GWM Ora Lightning Cat

     
     
  • 2024 Ora 07 EV launched in Thailand – sporty fastback sedan; up to 640 km range; fr RM175k; Malaysia next?

    2024 Ora 07 EV launched in Thailand – sporty fastback sedan; up to 640 km range; fr RM175k; Malaysia next?

    The Great Wall Motor (GWM) Ora 07 was launched in Thailand during last year’s Thailand International Auto Expo. Also known as the Lightning Cat or Grand Cat, the 07 is a fully electric fastback sedan built on GWM’s Lemon E platform and is available in two variants.

    The line-up starts with the Long Range that retails at 1.299 million baht (RM174,648), followed by the Performance at 1.499 million baht (RM201,655). These figures factor in the GWM’s price subsidy agreement with the Thailand government, which also saw the Good Cat become cheaper as a result. Without subsidies, the 07’s actual price is up to 282,611 baht (RM38,040) more.

    Both variants of the 07 are equipped with an 83.5-kWh ternary lithium battery, which powers a front-mounted electric motor rated at 204 PS (201 hp or 150 kW) and 340 Nm of torque in the Long Range. Meanwhile, the Performance comes with a dual-motor, all-wheel drive setup providing 408 PS (402 hp or 300 kW) and 680 Nm. The Performance will get from 0-100 km/h in 4.3 seconds and has a top speed of 180 km/h compared to the Long Range that maxes out at 170 km/h.

    In terms of range, the Long Range provides up to 640 km (NEDC standard) on a single charge, while the Performance offers 550 km. GWM didn’t provide detailed charging information, but the 07’s battery can get from a 30-80% state of charge in over 30 minutes via DC fast charging. Vehicle-to-load (V2L) is also present, allowing owners to power accessories.

    2024 Ora 07 EV launched in Thailand – sporty fastback sedan; up to 640 km range; fr RM175k; Malaysia next?

    Drivers will have no shortage of modes to play with, including Eco, Well Being, Normal, Sport and Individual – the Performance variant also gets an additional Sport+ option. The steering system also gets three modes, namely Light, Comfort and Sport. There’s also auto brake hold for the electronic parking brake and a one-pedal driving mode.

    The 07 Long Range can be ordered with a white or grey exterior, while the Performance gets an additional purple option. Standard equipment on the former includes 18-inch alloy wheels (235/50 profile tyres), LED headlamps with auto high beam, LED DRLs, LED taillights, rear LED fog lamps, an active shutter grille, rain-sensing wipers and a panoramic glass roof.

    Inside, the Long Range gets a black interior, ambient lighting, synthetic leather seat upholstery, powered front seats, 60:40 split-folding rear seats, a 10.25-inch digital instrument cluster, a wireless charging pad, automatic air-conditioning (with PM2.5 filter, dehumidifier and air quality control system), a 12.3-inch touchscreen infotainment system (with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay), 11 speakers and telematics with a companion app.

    Step up to the Performance and the kit list is improved with 19-inch alloys (235/45 profile tyres), a rear active spoiler, a powered tailgate, enhanced ambient lighting, improved front seats (welcome system, lumbar support, ventilation and massage functions), a head-up display as well as a dedicated amplifier for the sound system. Performance buyers also have two interior themes to choose from, including brown (with the purple or grey exterior) and black (with the white or grey exterior).

    2024 Ora 07 EV launched in Thailand – sporty fastback sedan; up to 640 km range; fr RM175k; Malaysia next?

    The safety and driver assistance features are nearly identical for both variants of the 07 and include six airbags, a 360-degree camera, adaptive cruise control with cornering assist and traffic jam assist, front and rear collision warning, autonomous emergency braking, manoeuvre emergency braking, lane departure warning, lane keep assist, lane centring, wisdom dodge system, lane change assist, rear cross traffic alert with braking, hill start assist and a tyre pressure monitoring system.

    Only the Performance gets six parking sensors on the front and rear of the electric vehicle (EV), whereas it’s just four on each end for the Long Range). The range-topper also comes with park assist and automatic reversing assistance.

    While the Ora line-up in Thailand has grown to include both the 07 and Good Cat, the latter is the only EV from the brand that we have here. Perhaps we’ll also welcome the 07/Grand Cat/Lightning Cat this year – are you looking forward to this happening?

    GALLERY: GWM Ora Grand Cat preview in Thailand

    GALLERY: GWM Ora Lightning Cat

     
     
  • GWM Ora Grand Cat heading to UK, Malaysia soon?

    GWM Ora Grand Cat heading to UK, Malaysia soon?

    Great Wall Motor has stepped up with its teaser campaign for its second right hand drive Ora model after the Good Cat. It has a few names such as Lightning Cat in China and most recently it was called the Grand Cat when it was previewed in December 2022 in Thailand.

    For the UK market, it has yet to be given an official name. Instead, GWM is referring to it as the “Next GWM Ora” for now. It’s worth noting that not all right hand drive countries seem to get the same names for GWM Ora models. For example, the Ora Good Cat in Malaysia is called the Ora Funky Cat in UK.

    GWM Ora Grand Cat heading to UK, Malaysia soon?

    Whatever it ends up being called, the Grand Cat seems to be positioned upmarket from the Good Cat. It can be specced in all wheel drive with dual motors, with a power output of up to 400 PS and 680 Nm. The 100 km/h sprint with that spec is just over 4.4 seconds. That’s fast.

    If you opt for a config that’s focused on range instead of speed, you can travel up to 600 km on the WLTP cycle thanks to a 83.5 kWh battery paired with just one 204 PS, 340 Nm motor at the front.

    GWM Ora Grand Cat heading to UK, Malaysia soon?

    The Grand Cat’s wheelbase spans 2,870 mm, which is 220 mm longer when compared to the Good Cat. Naturally, it’s larger in other dimensions too with a length of 4,871 mm (+636 mm), width of 1,862 mm (+37 mm), although the Grand Cat’s shape results in a height of 1,500 mm (-96 mm).

    In China, it is priced between 189,800 and 269,800 yuan (RM120,418 and RM171,155) with incentives factored in. Note that China pricing tends to be on the lower side compared to export pricing.

    GALLERY: GWM Next Ora UK Preview

    GALLERY: GWM Ora Grand Cat previewed in Thailand

    GALLERY: GWM Ora Lightning Cat

     
     
  • GWM Ora Grand Cat previewed in Thailand – EV with up to 408 PS, 705 km range; coming to Malaysia too?

    GWM Ora Grand Cat previewed in Thailand – EV with up to 408 PS, 705 km range; coming to Malaysia too?

    At this year’s Thailand International Motor Expo that concluded earlier this month, Great Wall Motors (GWM) held its ‘Light Your Future’ event, which included a preview for the Grand Cat. Also known as the Lightning Cat, the electric vehicle (EV) was officially launched in its home market of China in early November and is priced between 189,800 and 269,800 yuan (RM120,418 and RM171,155) with incentives factored in.

    GWM Thailand did not provide details like final specifications or prices for the Grand Cat, but Autolifethailand confirmed that sales of the EV will begin in 2023. The model will join the local feline line-up that is currently occupied by the Good Cat, which was launched in Thailand last November.

    Visually, the Grand Cat appears to be a stretched and widened version of the Good Cat. Inspired design cues include roundish headlamps and lack of a front grille, although the Grand Cat is even more distinctive thanks to its frameless doors and prominent crease that runs from just ahead of the front wheels to the end of the rear doors.

    There’s more to see from the side, including some snazzy 19-inch wheels and a curvaceous, coupe-like roofline that some has associated with the original Porsche Panamera. Progressing further, you’ll find a fastback-like rear end with oblong-shaped taillights flanking the tailgate that integrates an active rear wing.

    Inside, the Grand Cat sports a more upmarket cabin than its smaller sibling, with highlights being a 10.25-inch digital instrument cluster that is divided into three circles, a more premium three-spoke steering wheel and a freestanding wide 12.3-inch touchscreen.

    The dual-tier centre console also brings various vehicle controls closer to the driver, with the space underneath serving as storage and to house charging ports. Based on videos posted by GWM Thailand, the example placed on stage is right-hand drive example that comes with a panoramic sunroof, rear air vents and what appears to a reasonable amount of headroom despite the shape.

    On that mention, the Grand Cat’s wheelbase spans 2,870 mm, which is 220 mm longer when compared to the Good Cat. Naturally, it’s larger in other dimensions too with a length of 4,871 mm (+636 mm), width of 1,862 mm (+37 mm), although the Grand Cat’s shape results in a height of 1,500 mm (-96 mm).

    GWM Ora Grand Cat previewed in Thailand – EV with up to 408 PS, 705 km range; coming to Malaysia too?

    In China, the Grand Cat (Lightning Cat), which is also built on GWM’s Lemon platform, is offered in three electric powertrain configurations. The first is a standard range option that features a 63.9-kWh lithium iron phosphate (LFP) battery that provides up to 450 km of range following the WLTP standard (555 km CLTC) and powers a front-mounted electric motor rated at 204 PS (201 hp or 150 kW) and 340 Nm of torque.

    There’s also a long-range version that uses the same electric motor but steps up to an 83.5-kWh LFP battery for even more range; quoted figures are 600 km WLTP and 705 km CLTC. Lastly, the performance variant adds another electric motor to the rear for all-wheel drive and a total system output of 408 PS (402 hp or 300 kW) and 680 Nm.

    The third option is capable of the 0-100 km/h sprint in just 4.3 seconds and will hit a top speed of 180 km/h. However, this comes at the expense of range, which goes down to 495 km WLTP and 600 km CLTC. GWM didn’t provide detailed charging information, but it says the Grand Cat recharges from a 30-80% state of charge in over 30 minutes, likely via a DC input.

    GWM Ora Grand Cat previewed in Thailand – EV with up to 408 PS, 705 km range; coming to Malaysia too?

    In terms of available equipment, the Grand Cat can be had with LED exterior lighting, leather upholstery, powered front seats with ventilation and massage functions, dual-zone climate control with a PM2.5 filter and fragrance delivery, four drive modes and a wide range of driver assists (adaptive cruise control, lane keep assist, traffic jam assist, cornering assist, autonomous emergency braking, blind spot monitoring, etc.)

    For an extra cost, customers in China can also specify the Ora-Pilot 3.0 intelligent driving assistance system that includes 10 cameras, five radar sensors, 12 ultrasonic radar sensors and three internal cameras for up to Level 3 autonomous driving with driver monitoring.

    With the Grand Cat confirmed for Thailand, could Malaysia also welcome it in the future seeing how we’ve already gotten the Good Cat? Would you be interested in this EV? If you’re curious, other feline-themed cars in the Ora range include the Black Cat, White Cat, Punk Cat and Big Cat (based on the Wey Macchiato).



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Latest Fuel Prices

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Last Updated May 16, 2024