Update: ‘Voyah Free Electric specifications’ and ‘Price & Release date’ sections updated and ‘TopElectricSUV says’ section added.
Chinese carmakers are taking every opportunity to experiment with their fortunes overseas. After Hongqi, Nio and Xpeng’s recent foray, another Chinese EV is trying to tap the Old Continent’s rising demand for zero-emission vehicles. Dongfeng Motor Corporation’s premium brand Voyah has entered Europe, with Norway as its first European market. The brand’s first model is the Voyah Free SUV.
Voyah Free Design
Some elements on the Voyah Free’s front fascia are reminiscent of the Maserati Levante, especially the vertical chrome embellished slats on the grille, chrome grille surround, and how the Voyah logo is positioned centrally. It has flush door handles, 19-inch alloys, and smooth surfacing, bereft of any creases.
We can’t help but compare the rear of the Voyah Free to the Porsche Cayenne, primarily because of the near-identical positioning of the full-width light bar. Although, the overall design appears premium. It looks like it could easily suit European tastes, given its safe and clean design.
Interiors & features
The cabin of the Voyah Free looks neat. The dashboard houses three digital screens, one for the driver’s display, one for the infotainment, and another in the co-driver’s view. Visibly expensive materials are used for the upholstery and the door trims. Steering controls, panels on the central console, and the door trim have a matt aluminum finish.
The Voyah Free SUV is well-equipped. It’s 5G enabled and has Face ID recognition. Multiple driver profiles can be saved into the system. When the vehicle is unlocked, door handles automatically pop out, and the chassis gets lowered for easier ingress and egress. The system can also diffuse fragrances in the cabin.
The system supports voice recognition and helps customers locate nearby EV charging stations. There’s an attention assist for the driver well. What’s more, there’s a massive panoramic sunroof.
Voyah Free Electric specifications
The Voyah Free is 4,905 mm (193.1 inches) long, 1,950 mm (75.0 inches) wide, and 1,660 (64.8 inches) mm tall. It has a relatively long wheelbase of 2,960 mm (116.5 inches). Norway gets the Free in a standard configuration with a 360 kW (483 hp) twin-motor powertrain and a 100 kWh battery pack. A 0-100 km/h (0-62 mph) sprint takes just 4.4 seconds and the top speed is 200 km/h (124 mph). The Free delivers a WLTP range of 500 km (311 miles).
|Length||4,905 mm (193.1 in.)|
|Width||1,905 mm (75.0 in.)|
|Height||1,645 mm (64.8 in.)|
|Wheelbase||2,960 mm (116.5 in.)|
|Ground Clearance||113-213 mm (4.4-8.4 in.)|
|Cargo Volume (rear seats up/rear seats folded-down)||560/1,320 liters (19.8/46.6 cu. ft.)|
|Frunk Space||72 liters (2.5 cu. ft.)|
|System Power||360 kW (483 hp)|
|0-100 km/h (0-62 mph) Acceleration Time||4.4 seconds|
|Top Speed||200 km/h (124 mph)|
|Battery Pack Capacity (net)||100 kWh|
|Energy Consumption||17-18 kWh/100 km (17-18 kWh/62 miles)|
|WLTP Range||500 km (311 miles)|
|Max. Charging Power||125 kW|
|20-80% DC Charging Time||~40 minutes|
|20-80% AC Charging Time||8.5 hours|
Price & Release date
On September 26, 2022, Voyah shipped the first batch of the Free from Wuhan, China, consisting of 500 units, to Norway. Customer deliveries will begin in November 2022. Following Norway, Voyah will enter Sweden, Denmark, Israel, and the Netherlands.
The Voyah Free retails at NOK 719,000 (USD 66,440) in Norway. Voyah, along with its Norwegian distributor Electric Way, inaugurated a dealer showroom in Oslo on June 11, 2022. Located at Klingenberggt. 7 in the center of the city, the Voyah showroom in the national capital is the brand’s first overseas flagship store. Pre-orders for the Free in the country opened the same day.
Test drives are available in Oslo. As an alternative to visiting the showroom, prospective customers can visit Voyah’s agents in Drammen, Hamar, Gjøvik, Sarpsborg, and Trondheim for a test drive.
The Voyah Oslo showroom is the Chinese brand’s first overseas flagship store. Image Source: Dongfeng Motor
Voyah also plans to launch a luxury MPV christened the Dreamer to take on the Toyota Alphard and the Mercedes V-Class. The MPV has been revealed, and it will be available in multiple seating configurations.
Cnevpost reported on February 17, 2022, that Voyah delivered the 10,000th Free SUV in China in January 2022, 7 months after its launch. Sales look relatively modest in the competitive Chinese market; hence the brand is looking to increase growth by expanding beyond China and introducing new models.
As Chinese brands continue flooding the Norwegian market with EVs, Voyah is the latest entrant launching a large electric SUV. The Voyah Free suits customers who want an EV that’s larger and more advanced than the BYD Tang EV and can afford a significant premium for the same.
Featured image source: Dongfeng Motor