China’s Great Wall Motors is expected to roll out an array of hybrid and electric vehicles in Australia over the next two years, from electric city cars and sports sedans to hybrid 4WDs.
Chinese brand Great Wall Motors (GWM) is slated to introduce up to eight hybrid and electric cars in Australia over the next few years, Drive understands – as part of bold plans to offer 50 electrified models overseas by 2025.
Drive understands GWM – which encompasses sub-brands GWM for utes, Haval for SUVs, Tank for 4WDs and Ora for electric vehicles – is preparing up to seven or eight hybrid or electric vehicles for Australian showrooms by 2023 or 2024.
These will come from plans announced today to offer more than 50 hybrid, plug-in hybrid and battery-electric vehicles overseas by 2025, with vehicles with hydrogen fuel-cell power also in development.
The Chinese giant is yet to confirm its electrified vehicle plans for Australia – including how many cars are planned, or which models will come to local showrooms.
However, based on what’s available overseas, Drive understands GWM showrooms in Australia may eventually include at least two or three hybrid Haval SUVs, two hybrid Tank 4WDs and two Ora electric cars.
Already in showrooms today is a pair of Haval hybrids, the H6 Hybrid mid-size SUV and Jolion Hybrid small SUV – both of which arrived this year.
Available overseas is a hybrid version of the just-launched H6 GT ‘coupe’ SUV. While it is yet to be locked in for Australia – and reports have suggested was not planned for local showrooms – Drive understands it may be on the cards for a local launch.
Helping to build the business case for a H6 GT Hybrid in Australia is the relative popularity of the petrol version (above), which has accounted for about a third of total Haval H6 sales since the GT launched two months ago – though this demand may settle over the coming months.
A plug-in hybrid H6 is sold overseas, but it’s not known if it will come to Australia. Internationally, GWM plans for 80 per cent of Haval sales to be plug-in hybrid or electric by 2025, before going purely electric by 2030.
Expected to come to Australia next year is GWM’s Tank four-wheel-drive brand, which Drive understands is planning two models for local showrooms: the Jeep Wrangler-sized GWM Tank 300, and Toyota Prado-sized GWM Tank 500.
The Tank 300 has already been approved for sale in Australia, with a 2.0-litre turbo four-cylinder petrol engine and electric motor – with the Tank 500 slated to offer a similar drivetrain.
A plug-in hybrid version of the Tank 500 is available overseas, along with other Tank 4WDs of different sizes – but it’s unclear if these will make the trip to Australia.
Also tipped to arrive in Australia in 2023 is GWM’s sub-brand for electric cars, Ora – likely to be marketed as GWM Ora in Australia (in line with GWM Tank, and the SUV range’s GWM Haval badging).
The model range for Australia is yet to be outlined, however Drive expects a small Toyota Corolla-sized hatchback known as the Ora Good Cat overseas to lead the expansion, with plans in motion for a Tesla Model 3-sized sedan, previously known as the Lightning Cat in China.
While these Cat-based names are used overseas – and Good Cat has been trademarked locally – it’s expected GWM will opt for a simplified naming structure in Australia. The exact badges the cars will wear have not been revealed.
Pricing for these cars – as well as the Tank models – is yet to be confirmed, however overseas prices suggest the Good Cat hatch may be one of Australia’s cheapest electric vehicles, at between $40,000 and $50,000.
GWM’s plans for the European market focus on the two Ora electric cars, as well as a luxury-oriented brand known as Wey – which markets Coffee 01 and Coffee 02 plug-in hybrid SUVs. While they will be sold in the right-hand-drive UK market, they have not been announced for Australia.
“In 2023, we will complete our first zero-carbon emission factory. By 2025, we will launch more than 50 new energy models. Currently, we are
already testing our first hydrogen vehicles, powered by fuel cells,” Henry Meng, GWM Head of European Markets, said in a media statement about the global plans announced at the Paris motor show tonight.
GWM posted its best monthly sales on record in Australia last month, up 69 per cent compared to the same month last year – placing it 11th overall in September.