Earlier in 2021, Chinese carmaker Great Wall confirmed that its recently established electric-only brand ORA will be coming to the UK. The first model to arrive has now been revealed as the CAT, a zero-emissions hatchback set to take on the Volkswagen ID.3 and Nissan Leaf.
The CAT’s styling seems to have been influenced by several models across history, from the Fiat 500 and MINI hatchback to the Porsche 911. At 4.2 metres long and 1.8 metres wide, it’s roughly the same size as its ID.3 rival. It offers a choice between two battery sizes, 48 and 63kWh, enough for claimed ranges of up to 209 and 261 miles respectively. A single electric motor produces 169bhp and 250Nm of torque, all of which is sent to the front wheels, with 0-62mph taking 8.5 seconds.
Rapid charging at up to 80kW will be possible, which means topping up the larger 63kWh battery from 10-80% will take around 50 minutes, compared to 40 minutes for the 48kWh unit. Maximum charging speed from a standard home wallbox is 6.6kW, however the CAT can recharge at up to 11kW from a three-phase domestic or commercial electricity supply.
Inside, the ORA CAT features a pair of 10.25-inch screens. One serves as the driver’s display and the other is for the infotainment, in similar fashion to the Hyundai Ioniq 5 and Kia EV6. Other standard equipment includes LED headlights, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, rear parking sensors and a 360-degree camera system, plus other safety systems like lane-keeping assistance and driver fatigue and distraction detection, which work using facial recognition technology.
The ORA CAT will be covered by a five-year warranty, while the battery gets a lengthier eight-year warranty. Pre-orders will open in December 2021, with first UK deliveries happening in the first half of 2022. Prices for the entry-level 48kWh version will start from around £25,000, with additional models and variants to be announced in due course, according to the brand. However, ORA hasn’t confirmed whether that figure includes the UK government’s plug-in car grant (PiCG), nor has it announced an indicative price for the 63kWh version.