The next Chinese electric car to launch in Australia – the Great Wall Motors Ora Good Cat – is likely to cost more than initial estimates, if just-released UK prices are any guide.
Price of new 2023 Ora good cat The electric car – expected in Australian showrooms before the end of this year – has been announced for the UK, and it’s more expensive than originally expected.
The Ora Good Cat – or Funky Cat, as it will be badged in the UK – is the world’s first model from Chinese car giant Great Wall Motors’ (or GWM) electric car sub-brand.
Its styling incorporates elements of the original Volkswagen Beetle, Nissan Leaf and even Porsches, packed into a vehicle similar in size to a Volkswagen Golf hatchback.
UK media reported late last year that the GWM Ora could cost around £25,000 (AU$43,500) – but the final price confirmed over the weekend will see the Good/Funky Cat launch at from £30,495 (AU$53,100), including the UK Government’s £1,500 (AU$2,600) Rebate. It’s 20% more expensive than expected.
Although that price applies to a highly-specified First Edition model (with cheaper variants to follow in the UK next year), it now matches – rather than undercuts – its smaller MG ZS EV electric SUV rival. budget, which costs £30,495 for a standard range. Trophy Connect model.
This MG ZS EV – or a variant of it, without some connected car features – is priced at $49,990 drive-thru in Australia (known as Essence), although it’s a larger, longer-range electric vehicle than the GWM Ora.
Although UK prices for the GWM Ora are higher than expected, Thai prices for the same vehicle offer a silver lining for Australian prices.
In Thailand, a flagship Ora Good Cat EV is priced at 1.04 million baht (AU$42,780), compared to 1.269 million baht for a top-end MG ZS EV (AU$52,205), before any discounts or incentives.
Industry estimates had previously pegged some versions of the GWM Ora Good Cat at under $40,000 drive-away in Australia. However, no official pricing has been confirmed by GWM’s Australian division.
The only model available at launch in the UK is powered by a 48kWh battery, driving a 126kW/250Nm front electric motor for 8.3 seconds from 0-100km/h, and 311km of electric range claimed according to European WLTP tests.
A larger 63kWh battery is available in select markets, providing up to 420km of WLTP range. The smaller pack can quickly charge up to 80kW, enabling a 15-80% charge in 40 minutes.
Tech specs for Australia will be confirmed closer to launch, and it remains to be seen if one or both batteries are offered locally.
Measuring 4235mm long, 1825mm wide and 1603mm high, the GWM Ora Good Cat sits between a Toyota Yaris and a Toyota Corolla in size – and is only 50mm shorter in overall length than a Volkswagen Golf.
Standard features of the First Edition variant in the UK include 18-inch wheels, 10.25-inch touchscreen, LED headlights, leatherette upholstery, power front seats, dual-zone climate control, 360 degree camera and a full suite of advanced features. security technology.
The 2023 GWM Ora Good Cat is expected to arrive in Australian showrooms in the second half of this year – although the launch schedule and other details are yet to be confirmed.