The GWM Ora, known as the Funky Cat or Good Cat in some markets, is arriving in showrooms in June; it had previously been expected to touch down in April.
The first examples are reaching dealers for promotional and test drive purposes, with stronger supply coming later this month according to GWM Australia.
The hotter Ora GT will follow later in 2023.
UPDATE, 05/06/2023 – GWM released pricing for the Ora in February and it’s now reaching showrooms this month. We’ve updated this article with all the latest information and brought it forward.
05/07/2023 – GWM has updated pricing for the Ora range, and added a new Ultra grade. We’ve updated our pricing list accordingly.
Its price makes it one of the cheapest electric vehicles (EVs) on sale Down Under, rubbing shoulders with the MG ZS EV and BYD Atto 3. It’ll also soon face competition from a pair of other upcoming electric Chinese hatchbacks, the BYD Dolphin and MG 4.
Two battery options are on offer. Range is either 310km or 420km depending on which battery pack you opt for.
The Ora is another salvo what could soon become an onslaught of new electric, hybrid, and plug-in hybrid vehicles for GWM in Australia.
Although not yet confirmed, the Ora Sport sedan/coupe is also earmarked for our market, and the Haval H6 PHEV hasn’t been ruled out.
- 2023 GWM Ora: $39,990 (-$4000)
- 2023 GWM Ora Extended Range: $45,990 (-$2000)
- 2023 GWM Ora Extended Range Ultra: $48,990 (NEW)
- 2023 GWM Ora Extended Range GT: $51,990 (-$2000)
All prices exclude on-road costs.
Drive-away pricing is also available for the Ora. It varies from state-to-state, due to the range of incentives on offer.
- 2023 GWM Ora
- NSW: $41,045
- ACT: $40,606
- QLD: $41,550
- SA: $42,230
- TAS: $40,627
- WA: $42,927
- VIC: $42,556
- NT: $40,656
- 2023 GWM Ora Extended Range
- NSW: $47,045
- ACT: $46,606
- QLD: $47,670
- SA: $48,470
- TAS: $46,627
- WA: $49,641
- VIC: $48,818
- NT: $46,656
- 2023 GWM Ora Extended Range Ultra
- NSW: $50,045
- ACT: $49,606
- QLD: $50,730
- SA: $51,590
- TAS: $49,627
- WA: $53,039
- VIC: $51,944
- NT: $49,656
- 2023 GWM Ora Extended Range GT
- NSW: $53,045
- ACT: $52,606
- QLD: $53,790
- SA: $54,710
- TAS: $52,627
- WA: $56,307
- VIC: $55,070
- NT: $52,746
Prices above are drive-away.
Power in the Ora comes from a front-mounted electric motor making 126kW of power and 250Nm of torque.
Two battery packs are offered. The standard range is a 48kWh lithium iron phosphate unit, and the Extended Range is a nickel manganese cobalt 63kWh unit.
The GWM Ora has a claimed range of 320km on the tougher WLTP test cycle. Opting for the Extended Range ups that to 420km on the same test.
GWM says the smaller battery can charge from 10 to 80 per cent in 41 minutes.
The GWM Ora measures up at 4235mm long, 1825mm wide, and 1603mm tall, with a 2650mm wheelbase.
Claimed boot space is 228 litres, expanding to 858L with the rear seats folded. It tips the scales at a lithe 1555kg.
The GWM Ora is backed by a seven-year, unlimited-kilometre warranty like the wider range. The battery is covered for eight years.
Five years of roadside assist and five years of capped-price servicing are also included.
The first five services for the GWM Ora are capped at $99. Logbook servicing is required every 12 months or 15,000km, whichever occurs first.
GWM’s electric hatchback received a five-star rating from ANCAP, based on Euro NCAP testing conducted in 2022.
The GWM Ora received an adult occupant protection rating of 92 per cent, a child occupant protection rating of 84 per cent, a vulnerable road user protection rating of 74 per cent, and a safety assist rating of 93 per cent.
Standard safety equipment across the Ora range will include:
- Seven SRS airbags
- Autonomous emergency braking with pedestrian, cyclist, crossing vehicle detection
- Blind-spot monitor and assist
- Lane departure warning
- Lane-keep assist
- Rear cross-traffic alert
- Reverse collision warning
- Traffic sign recognition
- Camera-based driver monitoring
Standard equipment on the Ora and Ora Extended Range includes:
- 18-inch alloy wheels
- LED headlights
- 10.25-inch digital instrument cluster
- 10.25-inch touchscreen infotainment system
- Apple CarPlay and Android Auto
- Wireless phone charger
- Leatherette seats
- Six-way power driver’s seat
- Four-way power passenger seat
- Auto-dimming rear-view mirror
- Surround-view camera
- Adaptive cruise control
- Rear parking sensors
Moving to the Ultra (NEW) adds:
- Electric powered tailgate
- Panoramic sunroof
- Heated steering wheel
- Six-way powered driver’s seat with memory
- Heated, ventilated, massaging front seats
- Power-folding mirrors with memory
Moving to the GT brings:
- Unique 18-inch alloy wheels
- Unique bumpers and grille
- Powered hands-free tailgate
- Panoramic sunroof
- Red brake calipers
- Driver’s seat memory
- Heated steering wheel
- Automatic parking
- Aurora Green
- Glacier Blue
- Mars Red
- Sun Black
- Hamilton White
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