Great Wall Ora unleashes the Good Cat
Ora, a sub-brand founded by Great Wall specifically for electric cars, has announced its fourth standalone model whose Chinese name translates into “Good Cat”.
The compact hatchback comes based on the Mini Electric platform and boasts retrofuturistic styling cues giving off distinct Porsche vibes. The latter is not coincidental, because ex-Porsche designer Emanuel Derta was responsible for the exterior. The similarity is such that multiple Chinese media have drawn Porsche Macan parallels. To us, however, it looks like a reshaped Mini with Volkswagen Beetle front end.
Customers may choose from eight available colors. There is no fake grille at the front, and the taillights are anything but conventional. Charger ports are located to both sides of the car for convenience.
The Good Cat comes third after Ora “Black Cat” R1 and Ora “White Cat” R2. It is 4,235 mm long, 1,825 mm wide and 1,596 mm tall with 2,650 mm of wheelbase.
The only available electric motor churns out 143 hp (107 kW) and 210 Nm (155 lb-ft) of torque. The urban compact does not go beyond 150 km/h (93 mph) and has 501 km (310 miles) of NEDC range. Mixed-cycle driving burns 13.2 kilowatt-hours of current per 100 km, and Ora promises us a performance version called “GT” later.
Plenty of electronic assists are included in the base spec. Fake leather covers the seats, the doors and even the front fascia, while two ten-inch displays merge to form a single instrument cluster. Climate controls, the emergency brake light button and the drive mode selector boast a metallic finish. A panoramic sunroof and a few USB sockets round off things on the inside.
Ora will open the pre-order books on September 25 and start shipping to showrooms next month. Rumor has it that the Good Cat will later provide the foundation for new China-only Mini EVs coming up in a couple years’ time.
Editor Andrew Raspopov