Great Wall Motors (GWM) brand Ora is set to unveil a retro-futuristic model that marries classic Volkswagen Beetle styling with an all-electric powertrain.
GWM already has a large presence in Australia, offering the GWM and Haval brands.
The unnamed Ora model is set to debut at the Shanghai Motor Show later this month.
As a modern reimagining of the classic Volkswagen Beetle, the model features circular headlights and a rounded hood with Beetle-like bumpers.
Its rear end, however, is reminiscent of a Porsche 356.
The interior also features a modern interpretation of the Beetle steering wheel, while there are also turbine-style air vents and a large infotainment display that give it a more contemporary look.
GWM and the BMW Group have established a joint venture to develop a dedicated EV platform in China.
Although not confirmed, the upcoming Mini Minor may use this platform.
This suggests that Ora may be producing knockoff Beetles using a Mini platform.
It’s not clear what type of powertrain this model will use, but some models in the Ora lineup use a 35kW electric motor powered by a 33kWh lithium-polymer battery.
In China, Ora offers four different models.
Besides the aforementioned faux Beetle EV, Ora sells the Honda E-inspired R1 Black Cat, Kia Soul-inspired R2 White Cat, as well as the Mini, Porsche and Nissan Leaf-inspired R3 Good Cat.