GWM Ora 07 Electric Sedan Launched Locally From RM 169,800

Two variants of the Ora 07 are available from launch: the Long Range Ultra and Performance. 

Following on from its local preview a month ago, Great Wall Motor (GWM) Malaysia has since officially debut its Ora 07 over here. And the big news is that this particular all-electric sedan arrives on our shores wearing a price tag that undercuts its main BYD and Tesla by some margin, which should further add fuel to the fire of this already brewing price war. 

The Ora 07 lands locally in two guises from launch, with the Long Range Ultra trim costing RM 169,800 and Performance variant costing RM 189,800. Both these prices undercut its respective main BYD Seal competition by RM 10,000, with this advantage then stretching to RM 20,000 apiece when pitted against the comparable Tesla Model 3s. 

To further sweeten the deal too, GWM has also thrown in a stunningly comprehensive aftersales package along with any Ora 07 purchase. This includes: 

  • 8 year or 180,000 km power battery warranty
  • 8 year or 180,000 km electric motor warranty
  • 8 year or 180,000 km electric motor control unit warranty
  • 6 year or 150,000 km vehicle warranty 
  • 1-to-1 battery pack replacement if state of charge drops below 70% (within warranty period) 
  • 12 year body warranty

And if that is still not enough, the first 500 buyers of this particular all-electric fastback will net a complimentary home wallbox charger, not to mention too an extension of its vehicle warranty to eight years or 180,000 km. There is further a RM 3,000 rebate up for grabs as well for anyone who has purchased a GWM vehicle before. 

Discussing further into the highlights of this Ora 07 and beginning from its rather Panamera-esque exterior aesthetic, the Ora 07’s bug-eyed face and liftback arse is book ended by an active shutter front grille and a retractable rear spoiler. A healthy smattering of chrome accents further provides some shiny chic to its admittedly streamlined shape, while retractable handles on its frameless doors should have gone some way in helping it achieve its extremely low drag coefficient of just 0.22. 

Differentiating the two variants from the outside can easily be done through the alloy wheels, with the Long Range Ultra riding on 18-inch units with a straight-spoke design, while the Performance variant rocks a slightly larger set of 19-inch rollers with oval spokes. Said sportier trim also nets red brake calipers instead of the standard guise’s black, in addition to Michelin Pilot Sport EV rubber relative to the conventional Hankook Ventus S1 Evo 3 EV tyres. 

Those aforementioned Michelins will be responsible in putting down to the road the Performance variant’s combined 408 PS and 680 Nm of torque from its motor at each axle.  The 0-100 km/h charge in this particular flavour of ORA 07 is quoted to be achieved in a rather swift 4.3 seconds, with it then finally running out of puff at 180 km/h. 

As for the Long Range Ultra variant meanwhile, it Hankooks will only be required to handle a single front-mounted motor that is rated at 204 PS and 304 Nm of torque. This comparatively tamer Ora 07 could nevertheless still achieve a decent enough century sprint in 8.5 seconds, before maxing out at 170 km/h. 

In terms of what powers said motors, both variants net the same same 83.499 kWh ternary lithium battery pack. The single-motor Long Range Ultra expectedly quotes a longer NEDC range of 640 km on a single charge, while the dual-motor Performance variant claims a slightly lower figure of 550 km on the same test cycle. 

Both trims rather interestingly have a rather low cap on its DC charging power of just 88 kW, but GWM still quotes a reasonable 32 minutes to top up the battery from 30 to 80%. To compensate for this lowly rapid charging power too, the Ora 07 can accept up to 11 kW of AC charging, though the quoted charging time from 0-100% is still to be a lengthy 15 hours.

Moving on inside, the admittedly Bugatti Chiron-esque central stack with vertical rotary dials is joined by a 12.3-inch touchscreen infotainment system (with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto integration and a 10.25-inch digital instrument cluster that is interestingly split across three old-style pods. Other amenities featured within both variants of Ora 07 includes a full length panoramic sunroof, leather upholstery, dual-zone climate control (with rear vents), a powered tailgate, electrically adjustable front seats with massaging function and an 11-speaker Harman Infinity sound system. 

Worth highlighting too on the topic of kit is for the ORA 07 feature vehicle-to-load (V2L) functionality of up to 3.3 kW, in addition to coming standard with the usual comprehensive suite of active safety tech. These include a lane departure system, LKA (lane keeping system), BSD (blind spot monitoring system), and supports functions such as 360º panoramic view camera, intelligent evasion, traffic sign recognition etc.

Joshua Chin

Automotive journalist. Professional work on and Personal writing found at Instagram: @driveeveryday

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