The retro-styled Ora Cat EV five-door hatchback costs significantly less than the VW ID.3. It has all the makings of a huge headache for European automakers like VW and Renault.
Great Wall’s Ora Cat Ora was unveiled in a European version at the Munich Auto Show in September and will go on sale in the UK in December. Does that mean it’s cheaper than the cheapest ID.3 and the smaller Renault Zo ?.
For $ 33,624, drivers will get a 58 kWh battery with a 336 km WLTP range, up from 200 km for the Mazda MX-30.
One engine mounted in the bow of the Ora Cat delivers 169 hp. to the front wheels to accelerate from zero to 100 km / h in 8.5 seconds, while the generous standard kit includes LED lights, 18-inch alloys and a pair of 10.25-inch touchscreens. Buyers looking for a sportier look can opt for the GT trim, which gets different wheels and bumpers, although the hardware under the hood does not change.
Chinese auto brands have been eyeing the North American award for a long time. Polestar is obviously already there, and MG’s recent expansion into Mexico could be a stepping stone to the US market. While many of the promised Chinese car launches in the United States made over the past decade by companies like Chery and Zotye have not materialized, it would be unwise to bet that Chinese brands will begin to invade the future.
One area where Chinese people look better than Koreans back then is style. The Ora Cat clearly casts a shadow over a car like the Porsche 911. It is distinctive and memorable. There are no traditional headlamps in the rear. The headlights are integrated into a black strip under the rear.