UPDATE, 20 April 2021: The Beetle-inspired Ora electric car was revealed in full last night at the Shanghai motor show.
The newest images – courtesy of Autocar – confirm the vehicle’s four-seat layout, reveal a flower-studded interior, and show off a two-tone green and white colour scheme for the first time.
It appears the car also boasts dual screens, in the form of a circular digital cluster behind the steering wheel and a centre console-mounted infotainment interface.
The model name – which was chosen via a public poll – has been confirmed as ‘Punk Cat.’
However, we are yet to learn what powertrain underpins the retro four-door. This story will be updated when more information becomes available.
The yet-to-be-named model appears to be slightly longer and wider than the car from which it is derived, while also boasting four doors and larger wheel arches.
Assuming it rides on the same underpinnings as other vehicles in the Ora line-up – namely the iQ, R1, R2, and Haomao – it will likely be driven by a 35kW electric motor drawing voltage from a 33kWh battery pack.
Inside the cabin, the steering wheel looks almost identical to that from the original Beetle. However, a modern digital interface and infotainment system appear to be integrated into the dashboard, alongside turbine-style air conditioning vents.
The Chinese brand is reportedly holding a public survey to designate a name for the retro model. According to (the infamously-imperfect) Google Translate, the available options are ‘Elf Cat’, ‘Punk Cat’, ‘Noble Cat’, ‘Persian Cat’, ‘Royal Cat’, and ‘Large Orange Cat’.
Unfortunately, it appears 'Copy Cat' cannot be selected (and nor can 'Beetle McBeetleFace').
This is not the first time a classic car has been reimagined by a Chinese manufacturer – last year CarAdvice reported Songsan Motors had begun mass producing a hybrid replica of the 1958 Chevrolet Corvette C1.