At Auto Expo 2020, the R1 was the EV highlight of Great Wall Motors (GWM) stall. It made its global debut as the most inexpensive EV in the world, with a 300 km range claimed from the entry model. Now, the EV group of GWM has been promoting its third and newest model, officially called the Ora R2.
The R2 ‘s technical specifics are also scarce, as the organization has yet to unleash this China-only EV, which will happen in July sometime. The company claims it shares its pure EV architecture with the R1, though updated for a 15 mm longer wheelbase and now measures 2490 mm. There is also talk of the R2 providing more output with an additional 15PS of power with an electric motor, rated at 63PS. Ora promises for the new EV a range of up to 401 km, and notes that there will also be other models. In China , for example, the R1 is sold with two range options: a 300 km 28.5kWh battery and a 33kWh 350 km battery.
Much of the specifics of the latest lightweight Ora EV, revealed to reflect on its ‘cat-inspired’ style. It has smooth curves and rounded edges for ironing out any sharp lines while still having a boxy position. The bumper sports a mouth-like, perforated grille style which suits it with rectangular headlamps. At the front-left fender is the charging port. The R2 has a glass tailgate across the top, that is to suggest the tailgate is the top windscreen. The taillamps span much rear panel distance, divided in the middle by the ‘Ora’ logo.
Within its cabin, the third Ora EV features a wide, integrated Mercedes-like digital monitor for the instrument cluster and the infotainment touchscreen. Ora claims it’s a 23-inch screen. The R2 boasts technologies such as 6 airbags, wireless charging pad, automatic stabilization system and probably even lane support given its low-cost location. Ora will place this new EV above the budget-priced R1, which starts from Rs 6.5 lakh after Chinese government incentives.
The latest GWM Ora EV has not yet received an approved name; ‘R2’ is only a provisional classification. Even the carmaker has confirmed its plans to sell the R2 outside of China, and it may also carry it to India. GWM also announced its intentions to join the Indian market in 2021 with its Haval line of SUVs, to be accompanied by electric ones.