Meet the new WEY Yuanming PHEV

Great Wall Motors of China has many sub brands including GWM (the core brand), Haval (crossover & SUVs), Tank (SUVs), Poer (Pickup Trucks), ORA (new energy and electric vehicles) and WEY which is supposed to be a premium brand.

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Now the company has just unveiled a latest offering in the WEY linup called Yuanming which is a retro-inspired PHEV (plug-in hybrid electric vehicle). The design is an interesting mix of vintage vehicles with front largely reminiscent to the classic cars of the 1940s while the rest of it is pretty much like the iconic VW Beetle. The WEY Yuanming debuted last year as a concept at the Shanghai Auto Show however the production version features some mild differences compared to the concept previewed in 2021.

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WEY Yuanming at Shanghai Auto Show

741b8c712716c09d56c04a46568bf726@76331 1There will be multiple variants available each featuring some unique retro-styling cues such as rounded & chromic side mirrors, vintage-styled alloys that reminds us of chrome wheel caps, and literally a lot of chrome-work on areas including front & rear bumpers, headlights, bonnet, fenders and side skirts etc.

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This isn’t the first car by Great Wall Motors that’s inspired by retro VW designs, previously the ORA Punk Cat and ORA Ballet Cat also bear similar design language. Ready to go into production, the WEY Yuanming measures 4,830 mm long, 1,995 mm wide and 1,725 mm tall while having a wheelbase of 2,915 mm. The Yuanming shares its platform with the ORA Punk Cat, so they are very close regarding sizing however the Yuanming is 81 mm longer and 6 mm wider than the Punk Cat making it the biggest imitation of Volkswagen Beetle.

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The company hasn’t officially revealed technical details about the powertrain yet, however as per sources the Yuanming PHEV will get 1.5L turbocharged engine good for 156 hp mated with the 2DHT, seld-developed by GWM. The setup is similar to the Wey Mocha DHT-PHEV, the FWD version of which has an electric motor of 130 kW (177 hp) and 300 Nm with a total output of 291 kW (396 hp) and 570 Nm. As for the 4WD Mocha, it has an auxiliary motor on the rear axle for 135 kW (184 hp) and 232 Nm. The total output of this version reaches 355 kW (483 hp) and 762 Nm.

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Wey Mocha DHT-PHEV

The Wey Yuanming has a ternary (NMC) battery on board which is made by SVOLT, which holds 9th place in the global battery production ranking as of Q1, 2022. SVOLT also provides 39.67-kWh NMC batteries for the Wey Mocha, so the Yuanming will likely be getting the same battery setup.

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The company hasn’t revealed the interior images yet, which along with other details is likely to be revealed in forthcoming weeks. The retro-inspired Wey Yuanming is expected to be formally launched in Chinese market towards the mid of this year.

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