GWM’s Coffee 01 plug-in SUV will be RHD

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Luxury SUV will offer 150km of pure EV range with a total power output of 350kW.

China-based firm Wey, owned by GWM Global, has presented the Coffee 01 SUV at the Munich Motor Show.

The plug-in Coffee 01, produced by the premium sub-brand of Baoding-based Great Wall Motors is driven by a 150kW, 2.0-litre Miller cycle engine mated to two twin electric motors positioned on each axle providing all-wheel drive.

A 40kWH battery offers 150km of pure EV range, and Wey claims a total system output of 350kW, making the Coffee 01 more powerful than the Volkswagen Touareg R hot PHEV SUV with a 0-100km/h time of less than five seconds.

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Inside, the Coffee 01 features four interior screens, an augmented reality display, face recognition technology and WiFi, with over-the-air software updates. It also benefits from Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.

Beyond the chrome-clad exterior styling, Great Wall highlights the Coffee 01’s sustainable, vegan-friendly interior materials as a sign of its “consideration for ecological concerns.”

The Coffee name was given to the SUV as the firm believes it will be “part of global life” as a “global car.” The Coffee name also refers to Wey’s Coffee Intelligence infotainment connectivity platform.

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Wey was founded in 2016 and has sold more than 400,000 in five years. It was founded with the ambition of competing with BMW and Mercedes-Benz in the upmarket SUV segment.

Parent brand Great Wall has been number one for SUV and pick-up sales in China for the last 11 years. The firm plans to open a European production facility, with the first deliveries of the Coffee 01 targeted for Germany in 2022. At the Munich motor show, Wey said it intends to bring the new Coffee 01 to the UK as a right-hand drive luxury PHEV, making the possibility for Australian availability. Locally, GWM has previously told us that it is assessing all possibilities.

Jack Warrick

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