GWM’s electric car brand Ora took center stage at the Paris Motor Show with the unveiling of the Next Ora Cat (as it’s called) four-door coupe.
The new GWM Next Ora Cat was before introduced at home in China as Ora Lightning Cat.
Rather than focusing on a price cut, the new GWM Ora model – at least the version in Paris – is seen as a leader in performance and luxury for a brand with gigantic aspirations.
The Next Ora Cat is 4,871mm long, 1,862m wide and 1,500mm tall, with a 2,870mm wheelbase – about the same as the Ioniq 6. The curb weight is a whopping 2.2 tonnes.
It’s powered by a large 83.5kWh lithium-nickel-manganese-oxide-cobalt-oxide battery pack and powered by an all-wheel-drive system (presumably front and rear-axle motors) that delivers 300kW and 680Nm .
GWM claims a 0-100km/h time of 4.3 seconds when using Super Sport mode, and a power consumption of 20.5kWh per 100km – pretty thirsty. This keeps the range up to a claimed 430 km, despite the streamlined shape and large battery.
GWM claims that the 80W DC charge can take you from dead to 80 percent charge in 55 minutes.
The interior of the GWM Next Ora Cat includes a 10.25-inch instrument cluster, a 12.3-inch touchscreen, an 11-speaker sound system, an all-around camera, UV sterilization lighting (which we’re also interested in), voice control, and connectivity to GWM Ora application.
Other standout features will include a facial recognition system, cooled and heated seats with massage functions, Michelin tires and a panoramic sunroof.
“This four-door, 100% electric coupé owes its elegant appearance to contoured design elements and frameless doors,” according to a GWM press release.
“Ergonomic sports seats with massage, heating and ventilation functions, an intelligent air conditioning system and a dome-shaped panoramic sunroof in the rear ensure a sense of well-being – even during long journeys. And driving is a pleasure.”
While that’s not confirmed, we’d expect it to come to Australia too, given the smaller and cheaper GWM The Ora Good Cat hatch is coming next year compete with the BYD Atto 3.
GWM (Great Wall Motor) currently sells the diesel GWM Ute and a pair of GWM Haval SUVs – the Jolion and the H6 – with petrol and hybrid options.