The Ora Good Cat needs to be one of the most interesting motors ever to pop out of China. Is it the lovable name, the quirky design, the coolest specs? Probably a sum of the above, with a large part of design. Unlike the hundreds of widespread searching SUVs from China, the Good Cat looks as if not anything else in the marketplace today (the Porsche 356 is not on sale). Like a number of you, I’ve been keenly looking ahead to this review.
If you want an introduction, this maneki-neko is the Ora Good Cat from Great Wall Motors (GWM), which is now formally in Malaysia as a brand. The Good Cat, or Haomao in Mandarin, is about to hit our market in Q4 this year, alongside a few Haval SUVs. Haval (SUV) and Ora (EV) are GWM’s brands.
This is an early preview unit kindness of Flux. The vehicle subscription corporation is going for a weekly EV subscription programme for you to “own an EV for seven days” and strive out the electrical existence, which as you’d expect, is a piece extraordinary from owning/the usage of ICE-powered motors. Fits into your existence without difficulty or an excessive amount of compromises? Flux has the Good Cat, second-technology Nissan Leaf and Hyundai Kona Electric in its electric powered fleet
In Malaysia, 4 variations may be offered, specifically the Tech, Pro, Ultra and Ultra G. All will include an electric powered motor rated at 143 PS/210 Nm using the front wheels, making an allowance for a pinnacle pace of 152 km/h. One-pedal use is to be had and there are 5 power modes – Normal, Sport, Eco, Eco+ and Auto.
Both the Tech and Pro will include a 47.8-kWh lithium iron phosphate battery which can offer as much as four hundred km of variety in the NEDC cycle. It’s 8 hours to fill this battery up through AC charging (Type 2 connection) on the vehicle’s max centre of 6.6 kW. With DC rapid charging, you could get from 0-80% country of price (SoC) in forty six mins at 60 kW. Both the Tech and Pro are predicted to begin from RM14Xk.
Next up is the Ultra, which is predicted to retail from RM15Xk. The variety is as much as 500 km away from an advanced 63.1-kWh ternary lithium battery. With AC charging, it takes around 10 hours for a complete price and DC rapid charging receives the battery from a 0-80% SoC in approximately forty mins. The variety-topping Ultra G is routinely much like the Ultra, however it comes with an extra system and a corresponding fee tag of RM16Xk.
Currently, the most inexpensive EV on sale in Malaysia is the Hyundai Kona Electric 39.2 kWh at RM156,538. That crossover has a WLTP variety of 305 km. Note that the Good Cat’s quoted variety is in the older NEDC standard, and now no longer the modern day WLTP cycle that maximum carmakers use today – WLTP normally pulls the variety discern down with the aid of using round 20% – we provide an explanation for this in the review.
Specs wise, the Tech comes with 17-inch alloys, LED headlamps and DRLs, LED tail lights, keyless access and begin, cloth seats, a 7.0-inch virtual tool cluster, computerised air conditioning with PM2.five filter, a 10.25-inch touchscreen infotainment system, 4 speakers, cruise manage, airbags, ESC, rear parking sensors, hill begin help, low-pace emergency braking and a tyre strain tracking system.
The Pro provides on 18-inch alloys, computerised headlamps, power-folding aspect mirrors, rain-sensing wipers, electric powered panoramic sunroof, artificial leather-based upholstery, powered six-manner driving force’s seat, 360-diploma camera, wi-fi phone charger, USB port for a dashcam in addition to aspect and curtain airbags to make it six in overall.
Also geared up are various energetic protection and driving force help systems, such as adaptive cruise control with clever turning, visitors jam help, computerised emergency braking with intersection support, the front collision warning, a knowledge circumvent system, lane departure warning, lane maintenance help and lane centre maintenance.
The large batt Ultra receives the Pro’s package list, however with the addition of a welcome mild impact for the headlamps, reminiscence for the powered aspect mirrors, driving force seat reminiscence with welcome function, extra speakers (overall six), automatic parking, emergency lane maintaining, lane assistant, blind spot detection, rear collision warning, rear cross-visitors alert and braking, plus the front parking sensors.
The Ultra G is the same as the Ultra in terms of system, however it comes with unique colorations in and out. The variety-topper is the simplest one which may be had with an outside in Hazel Wood Beige/Wisdom Brown or Verdant Green with a white roof. Also different to the Ultra G are brown/beige and green/grey cabin colour options. Kit wise, what you spot right here must be very near our variety-topping Ultra G.
If you’re thinking if this cat is a massive one masquerading as a kitten (suppose Hyundai Ioniq five), it’s now no longer. The Good Cat is 4,235 mm lengthy and 1,825 mm wide, which makes it shorter than a Honda City Hatchback (4,345 mm lengthy, 1,748 mm wide). The Ora’s 2,650 mm wheelbase is 50 mm longer than the B-section City’s. Compact however roomy, as Hafriz demonstrates in the video. The boot could be very small, though.
Our guy additionally has excessive requirements for indoor appointments, and the cabin of the most inexpensive EV in Malaysia impresses him, even though it does include a few very irritating elements, and inform us what you observed of the Ora Good Cat.
If you study it lengthy enough, it’d meow at you.