The Ora Cat is coming to Australia with its claws out

It’s smaller than a Toyota Corolla, and cheaper to buy than any other electric vehicle in Australia. Here’s why the five-door compact hatch, known as the ‘Funky Cat’, is turning heads.

Chinese brand, GWM, have entered yet another strong competitor into the market.

Having recently rolled out the Tank 4×4 – a hardcore SUV – GWM has now raced to the other end of the automotive spectrum by launching Ora – a new battery-powered electric (EV) small car.

The Ora arrives in Australia in April of 2023, but that’s only the beginning of the first chapter. Later in 2023, a second model called the Ora Sport is also expected. 

We’ve also had a brief taste of the sleeker Ora Sport, but it’s too soon to decide how good it is – that all depends on the pricing and equipment mix being announced later in the year.

The Ora is a five-door compact hatch that right now has the distinction of being Australia’s cheapest new EV to buy. 

Based on a first brief taste, the Ora shapes as an important vehicle for EV buyers on a budget in a similar way to the BYD Atto 3, as it’s performance is acceptable and has impressive features for the money.

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The GWM Ora doesn’t pretend to be anything other than small five-door hatchback. It’s actually known as the ‘Good Cat’ or ‘Funky Cat’ in other places, and it does have a cute exterior style. That’s refreshing in a country where tough SUVs are proliferating. 

Pricing starts at $44,990 driveaway for the Ora Standard Range, making it cheaper than either the MG ZS EV or the BYD Atto 3.

Standard GWM Ora equipment includes 18-inch alloy wheels, a digital instrument cluster and infotainment touchscreen that both measure 10.25 inches, seats trimmed in quilted faux leather, a powered driver’s seat, wireless phone charging and Apple CarPlay and Android Auto connectivity.

The GWM Ora Extended Range is more expensive because it has a bigger battery and a longer range (more of those details below).

The GT version combines that with some unique cosmetics, different 18-inch alloys, red brake callipers, a panoramic sunroof, a heated steering wheel and powered tailgate.

The Ora range is covered by a seven-year, unlimited km warranty and the battery warranty is eight years.

Capped price service intervals are set at 12 months or 15,000km.

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The GWM Ora is not cramped in the cabin.

Despite its diminutive exterior dimensions – it’s shorter and wider than a Toyota Corolla hatchback – it has a relatively spacious interior.

There are five seats, with those in the rear enjoying surprising legroom and headroom that’ll be fine for all but tall adults. Kids of any age are unlikely to whinge about the back seat dimensions.

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Up front there’s ample headroom and an airy layout, complete with the brand’s exclamation logo on the steering wheel. The steering wheel only adjusts for height, not reach, but it’s a rare blot on the layout of the driving position.

The boot is also big enough to swallow some soft bags.

And there’s some retro-infused fun to its finishes and controls.

The quilting and patterns on the faux leather trim look like they could have come from something British while the quartet of toggle switches on the dash is pure Mini.

There’s no need to press a start button, with the Ora following the Tesla lead by detecting when a person is in the driver’s seat and making itself ready for action.

Twist the rotary drive selector to select forward or reverse and you’re away.

The GWM Ora Standard Range is powered by a single electric motor that makes 126kW and 250Nm, it easily shifts the 1540kg body with the EV enthusiasm. It’s fed by a 48kWh lithium-ion battery and claims a range between recharges of 310km (WLTP).

The Extended Range and GT have the same motor outputs combined with a larger 63kWh battery that extends the range to 420km (WLTP).

The claimed consumption rate of the GWM Ora is 14kWh and the maximum DC fast-charging charging rate is a pedestrian 64kW.

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While many ground-up EVs opt to place the e-motor on the rear axle to aid both handling and storage efficiency, the GWM Ora is front-motor, front-wheel drive.

That’s just like any orthodox petrol-powered small car, and that makes the drive experience more familiar.

We sampled a UK-specification GWM Ora that is fundamentally indicative of what is going into Aussie showrooms. 

A brief drive on a closed course revealed nippy, manoeuvrable handling, a comfy ride and light steering entirely suited to a vehicle of this size and type.

That’s accompanied by a zippy initial rush of acceleration that comes courtesy of the immediate way an e-motor delivers its performance. Of course, it’s also a quieter driving experience without a petrol engine.

Combine the way the GWM Ora handles with the way it’s powertrain responds to the accelerator, and you’ve got the makings of a great little car for urban duties.

GWM Ora specifications

Price: From $43,990 plus on-road costs

Basics: EV, 5 seats, 5 doors, hatch, FWD

Range: 310km (Standard Range), 420km (Extended Range) (WLTP)

Battery capacity: 48kWh (Standard Range), 63kWh (Extended Range)

Motors: 1 front 126kW/250Nm

AC charging: 11kW, Type 2 plug

DC charging: 64kW, CCS Combo plug

Disclaimer
*Recommended driveaway price shown includes 12 months registration, 12 months compulsory third party insurance, stamp duty and any applicable luxury car tax. Driveaway price is indicative only and may vary based on location. Metallic paint + $595. 7 Year Unlimited KM warranty applies to Private, ABN, General Fleet, National Fleet and Government Buyers. Commercial use warranty, including but not limited to those use as a rental car, hire car, taxi, is 7 years up to 150,000 KM. Vehicles must be ordered and delivered by 30th June 2024 or whilst stocks last. When accessories are added as part of new vehicle purchase, additional stamp duty may apply. 

Disclaimer
*All prices are driveaway. Where displayed, ABN Driveaway selling price for ABN holders only. Vehicles must be ordered and delivered by 30th June 2024 or whilst stocks last. 7 Year Unlimited KM warranty applies to Private, ABN, General Fleet, National Fleet and Government Buyers. Commercial use warranty, including but not limited to those use as a rental car, hire car, taxi, is 7 years up to 150,000 KM. Metallic paint plus $495. When accessories are added as part of new vehicle purchase, additional stamp duty may apply.

Disclaimer
*All prices are driveaway. Where displayed, ABN Driveaway selling price for ABN holders. Vehicles must be ordered and delivered by 30th June 2024 or whilst stocks last. 7 Year Unlimited KM warranty applies to Private, ABN, General Fleet, National Fleet and Government Buyers. Commercial use warranty, including but not limited to those use as a rental car, hire car, taxi, is 7 years up to 150,000 KM. Metallic paint plus $595. When accessories are added as part of new vehicle purchase, additional stamp duty may apply.

StatePrice
NSW$46,990*
ACT$46,990*
QLD$46,990*
SA$46,990*
TAS$46,990*
WA$46,990*
VIC$46,990*
NT$46,990*

 

Disclaimer

*Recommended driveaway price shown includes 12 months registration, 12 months compulsory third party insurance, dealer delivery, stamp duty and any applicable luxury car tax. Driveaway price is indicative only and may vary based on location. Metallic paint + $595. 7 Year Unlimited KM warranty applies to Private, ABN, General Fleet, National Fleet and Government Buyers. Commercial use warranty, including but not limited to those use as a rental car, hire car, taxi, is 7 years up to 150,000 KM. Vehicles must be ordered and delivered by 30th June 2024 or whilst stocks last. When accessories are added as part of new vehicle purchase, additional stamp duty may apply.

StatePrice
NSW$43,990*
ACT$43,990*
QLD$43,990*
SA$43,990*
TAS$43,990*
WA$43,990*
VIC$43,990*
NT$43,990*

 

Disclaimer

*Recommended driveaway price shown includes 12 months registration, 12 months compulsory third party insurance, dealer delivery, stamp duty and any applicable luxury car tax. Driveaway price is indicative only and may vary based on location. Metallic paint + $595. 7 Year Unlimited KM warranty applies to Private, ABN, General Fleet, National Fleet and Government Buyers. Commercial use warranty, including but not limited to those use as a rental car, hire car, taxi, is 7 years up to 150,000 KM. Vehicles must be ordered and delivered by 30th June 2024 or whilst stocks last. When accessories are added as part of new vehicle purchase, additional stamp duty may apply.

StatePrice
NSW$40,990*
ACT$40,990*
QLD$40,990*
SA$40,990*
TAS$40,990*
WA$40,990*
VIC$40,990*
NT$40,990*

Disclaimer

 

*Recommended driveaway price shown includes 12 months registration, 12 months compulsory third party insurance, dealer delivery, stamp duty and any applicable luxury car tax. Driveaway price is indicative only and may vary based on location. Metallic paint + $595. 7 Year Unlimited KM warranty applies to Private, ABN, General Fleet, National Fleet and Government Buyers. Commercial use warranty, including but not limited to those use as a rental car, hire car, taxi, is 7 years up to 150,000 KM. Vehicles must be ordered and delivered by 30th June 2024 or whilst stocks last. When accessories are added as part of new vehicle purchase, additional stamp duty may apply.

StatePrice
NSW$35,990*
ACT$35,990*
QLD$35,990*
SA$35,990*
TAS$35,990*
WA$35,990*
VIC$35,990*
NT$35,990*

Disclaimer

 

*Recommended driveaway price shown includes 12 months registration, 12 months compulsory third party insurance, dealer delivery, stamp duty and any applicable luxury car tax. Driveaway price is indicative only and may vary based on location. Metallic paint + $595. 7 Year Unlimited KM warranty applies to Private, ABN, General Fleet, National Fleet and Government Buyers. Commercial use warranty, including but not limited to those use as a rental car, hire car, taxi, is 7 years up to 150,000 KM. Vehicles must be ordered and delivered by 3oth June 2024 or whilst stocks last. When accessories are added as part of new vehicle purchase, additional stamp duty may apply.

Disclaimer

*Recommended driveaway price shown includes 12 months registration, 12 months compulsory third party insurance, dealer delivery, stamp duty and any applicable luxury car tax. Driveaway price is indicative only and may vary based on location. Metallic paint + $595. 7 Year Unlimited KM Warranty for private buyer. For commercial use warranty is 7 Years up to 150,000 KM. Vehicles must be ordered and delivered by 30th June 2023 or whilst stocks last. When accessories are added as part of new vehicle purchase, additional stamp duty may apply. Ora Drive-away pricing already includes the stamp duty exemption (i.e. no further discount is applicable, it’s built into the drive-away price).
Disclaimer
*All prices are driveaway. ABN Driveaway selling price for ABN Holders and Fleet customers only. Vehicles must be ordered and delivered by 30th June 2023 or whilst stocks last. 7 Year Unlimited KM Warranty for private buyers. Commercial use Warranty is 7 Years up to 150,000 KM. Metallic paint plus $595. When accessories are added as part of new vehicle purchase, additional stamp duty may apply. T&Cs apply. E&OE.
Disclaimer
*End of Financial Year Sale Discount available on selected 2022 built models only. Excludes Jolion Premium, Jolion Lux HEV, H6 Lux HEV, Ute Cannon 4X2, Cannon-XSR and all H6GT, Tank and ORA variants. Offer available on new and demonstrator vehicles. ABN Driveaway selling price for ABN holders. Vehicles must be ordered and delivered by 30th June 2023 or whilst stocks last. 7 Year Unlimited KM Warranty for private buyers. Commercial use Warranty is 7 Years up to 150,000 KM. Metallic paint plus $595. When accessories are added as part of new vehicle purchase, additional stamp duty may apply. T&Cs apply. E&OE.
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*Discount of $1,000 available on selected 2022 built models only. Excludes Jolion Premium, Jolion S, H6 Premium, Ute Cannon and all H6GT variants. Vehicles must be ordered and delivered by 31st December 2022 or whilst stocks last. Offer available on new and demonstrator vehicles. 7 Year Unlimited KM Warranty for private buyers, for commercial use Warranty is 7 Years up to 150,000 KM. Metallic paint + $595. When accessories are added as part of new vehicle purchase, additional stamp duty may apply. T&Cs apply. E&OE.
Disclaimer
*7 Year Unlimited KM Warranty for private buyers, for commercial use Warranty is 7 Years up to 150,000 KM. Metallic paint + $595. Vehicles must be ordered and delivered by 31st December 2022 or whilst stocks last. When accessories are added as part of new vehicle purchase, additional stamp duty may apply. T&Cs apply.

Disclaimer
*All prices are driveaway. Metallic paint + $495. Offer applies to private buyers of new and demo Haval SUV’s, ordered and delivered by the 30th June (while stocks last). 7 Year Unlimited KM Warranty for private buyers, for commercial use Warranty is 7 Years up to 150,000 KM. When accessories are added as part of new vehicle purchase, additional stamp duty may apply. T&Cs apply. E&OE.

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