- GWM introduces the GWM WEY 03, showcasing its commitment to European
- Distinctive design and spacious interior: At just under 4.7 meters long, the compact SUV
enters the competitive C-segment with a striking design for a comfortable driving
- Superior plug-in hybrid powertrain: The GWM WEY 03 comes with a 2.0-liter
turbocharged engine coupled with one or two electric engines and a choice of 2WD and
4WD, making the GWM WEY 03 a unique concept in the segment.
- The GWM WEY 03 is equipped with high-performance lithium-ion batteries from GWM’s
own subsidiary, SVOLT.
- Best-in-class PHEV electric range of up to 136 kilometers.
Rome, November 27, 2023. Great Wall Motor (GWM), a leading international automotive manufacturer, is thrilled to introduce the GWM WEY 03 to the European market, marking a significant milestone in the company's product portfolio expansion. The vehicle, formerly known as the WEY COFFEE 02, will officially debut in Rome with an exclusive test drive event, offering automotive journalists the opportunity to experience the plug-in hybrid SUV firsthand.
At just under 4.7 meters long, the GWM WEY 03 enters the competitive C-segment with a distinctive design. The crossover’s 2.745-meter wheelbase and 1.73-meter height offer the backseat space economy of higher-class vehicles. It aims to redefine expectations in the compact SUV market, setting a new standard for performance, efficiency, and driving pleasure.
Designed with passenger comfort in mind, the GWM WEY 03 features a plug-in hybrid powertrain. The hybrid system incorporates high-performance lithium-ion batteries from SVOLT, a GWM subsidiary specializing in developing and producing batteries and battery systems for electric vehicles. The battery's storage capacity is 34 kWh, resulting in an electric range of 136 km. This is a “best in class” figure for plug-in hybrid vehicles in the European market. This enormous all-electric range makes covering the majority of everyday commutes and journeys with zero local emissions a reality. Thus, the GWM WEY 03 is the perfect bridge to all-electric driving for those customers who still require the peace of mind of an additional combustion engine to enjoy relaxed everyday driving. The battery, with a storage capacity of 34 kWh, can be charged with an output of up to 50 kW direct current, making it one of the fastest in the PHEV segment.
For more demanding journeys and to meet the driving preferences of European drivers, the engine was carefully adapted. The European variant features a 2.0-liter turbocharged engine with 150 kW / 204 hp coupled with a nine-speed transmission. The system output of the plug-in hybrid drive with AWD is 325 kW / 442 hp, and the maximum torque is 685 Nm. With this output, the GWM WEY 03 accelerates from zero to 100 km/h in just 5.3 seconds, reaching a top speed of 230 km/h. According to the WLTP standard, the average fuel consumption of the engine is a very efficient 0.5 l/100 km, resulting in CO2 emissions of just 15 g/km.
GWM’s Chief Commercial Officer (CCO) in Europe, Steffen Cost, expresses his enthusiasm about the car’s launch: "The introduction of the GWM WEY 03 to the European market marks a significant step in our European expansion strategy. We are excited to present our innovative plug-in hybrid SUV, a unique concept showcasing a blend of cutting-edge technology, exceptional performance, comfort, and a commitment to sustainability."
Beyond power and precision, the GWM WEY 03 integrates cutting-edge technology and robust safety features. Advanced driver assistance systems, including lane-keeping assist and blind-spot monitoring, have undergone extensive testing. The starting price in Europe will be from 45,000 to 50,000 Euro.
Compared to its sibling, the GWM WEY 05, the GWM WEY 03 is about 20 cm shorter and 7cm narrower. Thanks to its 2WD entry version, it enters a price segment markedly below the GWM WEY 05. However, the AWD luxury trim version is equipped with a drivetrain just as powerful as the one used in its larger sibling, making the GWM WEY 03 a particularly dynamic vehicle.