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Crossover version of EV formerly known as Funky Cat is a "no-brainer" in Europe, says GWM designer

Chinese company GMW will launch an Ora SUV to expand its line-up to three as it pushes for a stronger footing in Europe.

This EV, which will take a numerical name, like its Ora 03 hatchback and Ora 07 saloon siblings, will be larger than a crossover but smaller than a “full-blooded SUV”, GMW chief designer Andrew Dyson told Autocar.

“An SUV is what is missing from the line-up now; it makes it a no-brainer,” said Dyson, confirming prototypes were already in the studio. “It's something that complements the other cars in the line-up.”

This car would be targeted at the UK and European markets, Dyson suggested, using the quirky Ora design philosophy to bore a niche in what has become one of the most oversaturated segments in the market.

Key to this is the opening of two new design houses in Munich and Turin, which will work through concept stages to add more European appeal to these Chinese models.

“One of the big challenges is: how do you make an SUV look different to the competition? Luckily Ora already has an advantage there,” said Dyson.

The Brit confirmed the new model will likely take the form of a raised Ora 03, with a similar egg-shaped silhouette, rounded headlights and minimalistic rear.

Given that its siblings both use GMW’s Lemon platform, it would make sense that the SUV did the same.

The powertrain would likely be borrowed from the upcoming 07, meaning either a 64kWh lithium-iron-phosphate or 83kWh nickel-manganese-cobalt battery and offering a maximum range of 354 miles.

As with the 07, which will be launched in the UK this summer, a four-wheel-drive GT variant would likely top the line-up, matching its 402bhp, 501lb ft and 4.5sec 0-62mph time.

GWM launched the Ora brand in Europe two years ago with the 03 (then called the Ora Funky Cat) but last year sold just 9000 cars in the region. 

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MisterMR44 24 April 2024

Wow... I've seen some poor Photoshoppery in my time on here... but this one, Autocar... is a doozy...

ianp55 24 April 2024

Not been a great success has it ? at least Funky Cat was a distinctive name,Ora 03 means nothing it could be anything, Really this is the dumbest relaunch since Leyland rebranded the Austin/Morris/Wolseley 1800/2200 into the Leyland Princess. The main problem for Great Wall in the UK is that the 03 is a ordinary car sold at a premium price with a quite small dealer network, the offerings from MG are a better product at a lower price. This is Great Wall's second attempt to make a place for itself here in the UK,remember the Steed pickup truck that didn't last long and the promised Haval SUV never arrived,it's fashionable these days to say that failiure is a learning experience hope that Great Wall have got the message 

Peter Cavellini 24 April 2024

Every Carmakers is doing them, they have to,is there such a thing as too much choice?