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January 31, 2019

ANALYSIS – Great Wall, Wey and Ora future models

We break down the future model strategies for Great Wall and two of its newest subsidiaries, Wey and Ora. Great Wall will be focusing on pickup trucks while Wey and Ora will focus on passenger vehicles.

By Andy Morton

Great Wall

Pickups

It wasn’t clear how Great Wall would position its namesake brand in relation to its growing subsidiaries Wey, Haval and Ora. However in September 2018, Great Wall confirmed that the core brand would focus on pickup trucks and announced the introduction of the new Wingle 7. It’ll be built at a new factory in Chongqing that’s expected to come online towards the end of 2019.

The Wingle 7 is based on a stretched version of the ladder frame chassis that underpins the Haval H9 SUV and will be offered in standard or long-wheelbase forms. All versions are powered by a 148hp 2.0-litre diesel engine. It’s expected to remain on sale until 2029 with a facelift due around 2024 to keep it looking fresh.

Wey

SUVs

Great Wall’s range of passenger SUVs is spread across its subsidiary brands. Among the smallest models it makes is the upcoming Wey VV3. As the name implies, it’s destined to sit below the larger VV5 but, based on spy shots circulating on the internet, it carries very similar angular styling to its larger siblings.

When it arrives – thought to be halfway through 2019 – it could be built at Great Wall’s plant in Rizhao, Shandong province. It should remain on sale until around 2026 with a facelift arriving in 2022. Power is thought to come from a turbocharged 1.5-litre gasoline engine with 148hp and a choice of six-speed manual or seven-speed dual-clutch transmissions.

The second model introduced by Wey is the VV5 SUV. Like many models built by Great Wall, it shares parts with other models – in this case, the VV5 borrows much from the Haval H6, but is intended to sit slightly further upmarket. It features a 2.0-litre turbocharged gasoline engine with 197hp mated to a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission.

Production started in 2017 at Great Wall’s Xushui plant in Hebei province alongside a range of other Haval and Wey models. That plant has an annual capacity of 500,000 vehicles and has been in operation since 2014. The VV5 should remain on sale until 2024 with a facelift occurring some time around 2021.

Shortly after the introduction of the VV5, the larger VV6 was introduced. Going on sale in August 2018, this mid-size SUV is also built at Great Wall’s Xushui plant. Like the smaller model, it uses a 2.0-litre gasoline engine with 197hp connected to a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission.

It’s predicted to remain on sale until 2025 but could be facelifted around 2021 to keep it competitive with rivals. Priced from CNY148,000, it’s positioned almost exactly halfway between the cost of the VV5 and the VV7.

Sitting at the top of the Wey range is the VV7 SUV. Like the rest of the Wey range, this model is intended to sit in a more premium segment than the Haval versions they share platforms with – although, oddly, they only feature minor aesthetic changes and don’t cost that much more. Production began in 2017 and will last until 2024 with a facelift in 2020.

VV7 buyers get the same 2.0-litre turbocharged four-cylinder gasoline engine and seven-speed dual-clutch transmission as other Wey models but get a power hike to 231hp. More eco-conscious buyers can opt for the Wey P8 – a plug-in hybrid version of the VV7 introduced in 2018. The P8 adds a pair of electric motors to the mix to reduce fuel consumption and bump power up to 335hp.

Ora

A segment

Yet another brand spun off from the main Great Wall company is Ora – an electric vehicle company aimed squarely at younger buyers. The first model from Ora’s range of city cars is the R1 – a compact electric vehicle that bears a strong resemblance to a Smart ForFour. It’s built on Great Wall’s proprietary electric vehicle platform dubbed ME.

It features a 35kW (47hp) electric motor mated to a 33kWh battery pack giving it 194 miles of range based on the older NEDC testing standard. Top speed is thought to be around 62mph so it’s been primarily designed for city driving. Production will ultimately take place at Great Wall’s newly built factory in Pinghu and will continue until 2025 with a facelift in 2022.

While it’s not been confirmed for production, Ora is expected to introduce the R2 electric city car some time in late 2019. While the R2 is a similar size to the R1, it’s said to be a more upmarket vehicle with a plusher interior and a longer range – thought to be around 217 miles. Power is likely to come from the same 47hp electric motor as the R1.

Production will take place at Pinghu, possibly on the same line as the R1 and will commence some time in late 2019. That means it’s likely to remain on sale until 2026 with a facelift in 2023 to keep it looking sharp. Ora has expressed ambitions of breaking into the European market so this could be the car it chooses to field.

SUVs

The very first car Ora produced was the iQ SUV – a lifted electric vehicle with a bodyshape that echoes features from both SUVs and sedans. Upon its introduction in August 2018, Ora immediately secured a 4,000-unit order of iQs from JD Auto – a subsidiary of Chinese retail giant JD.

The iQ features a 161hp electric motor and a claimed range of 224 miles on the older NEDC testing cycle. Like the rest of the Ora range, it will eventually be built in Pinghu and will continue until 2025 with a facelift due in 2022.

Future model plan reports for other manufacturers can be viewed in the OEM product strategy summaries section of just-auto.com.

Future product program intelligence

More detail on the past, current and forthcoming models for Great Wall’s car brands can be found in PLDB, the future vehicles database which is part of QUBE.

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