Great Wall Ora Futurist Concept Looks Like A Weird EV Mustang Sedan
2020 could go down in history as the year that killed the big auto show. Following the Chicago Auto Show in February, all major events were canceled except one. The Chinese capital, Beijing, is said to have the coronavirus under control and the 2020 Beijing Motor Show is underway right now. Auto manufacturer traffic is obviously down, but that has helped this teal-colored retro-tastic sedan stand out in the small crowd.
It comes from Great Wall Motors, specifically the all-electric Ora brand. Ora is still shiny and new, having launched its first vehicle in 2018, the compact iQ crossover. The square city car Adora followed last year, but this compact sedan is nothing like its siblings. It’s called the futuristic concept, and it can’t be denied that the face of this car bears a striking resemblance to another electric vehicle, the Ford Mustang Mach-E.
Whether this is intentional or simply an accident is unknown. It certainly makes for an odd vehicle, as the rest of the futuristic takes on a rather retro flavor. We see classic British and Japanese small sedans in its profile, which isn’t necessarily a bad thing. The interior is resolutely retro with the dashboard resembling something from the late 1950s, at least until you see the infotainment screen floating in the middle.
We have no information on its powertrain. It would likely be an electric vehicle similar to the other Ora models, but it could eventually hit the streets as a plug-in hybrid or even with standard internal combustion power. If that happens, that concept probably wouldn’t stick with the Ora brand, but the takeaway is that Great Wall seems rather determined to bring the futuristic into production. We’re told this is a near-production prototype, but as with many concepts in the Chinese market, it’s hard to know exactly what quasi-production really means.
Either way, the Futurist is a nice machine that could perform well as a budget EV with character. We’ll be curious to see how that plays out in the months and years to come.