New GWM Ora 03 spotted in Malmö

We spotted one of the first GWM Ora 03 registered in Europe in Malmö, parked next to the Espresso House in the central Stortorget square.

The car, in red with black contrasts, was initially known as Ora Funky Cat, but Great Wall decided to change its strategy regarding the names of its cars, opting for a more ordinary Ora 03, similar to what was done with Wey. As China’s response to the Fiat 500 and Mini, the car is now approaching Swedish and Danish markets.

In addition to Sweden and Denmark, the Ora 03 is also available in Germany where it starts at €29,900. Scandinavian prices are still not available.

The design of the GWM Ora 03

The GWM Ora 03 takes a lot of inspiration from its competitors, especially at the front, but still manages to stand out. It’s not a bad car, although nothing particularly original.

Ora 03
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At the front, there are circular LED headlights with a ring design and a clean front with smooth shapes. The color range is wide, almost all with a contrasting black roof, and there are various wheel designs.

At the rear, the most original part combines classic shapes with a more peculiar design: LED daytime running lights are hidden in the rear window, characterized by a single line. The rest is integrated into the bumper, and the rear has a rounded appearance.

Ora 03
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As the car was parked, we didn’t have the opportunity to see the interior up close. However, the model we saw was all black, with black leather or faux leather seats and a dual-display dashboard. Overall, they seem well-crafted.

Performance

Currently, the Ora 03 is available with a 170 HP engine and 250 Nm of torque, making it more powerful than both the Fiat 500 Abarth and Fiat, but slightly less powerful than the new Mini, which is almost its relative considering the partnership between BMW and GWM to produce it. The 0-100 acceleration takes 8.2 seconds, and the top speed is 160 km/h.

Ora 03
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The battery is 63 kWh, providing a range of 400 km on the WLTP cycle, and supports fast charging up to 67 kW. This is a bit underwhelming, considering that other cars in the same category recharge much more quickly.

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