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Auto Guangzhou 2023: The Wey High Mountain is a new luxury MPV contender

It’s a plug-in hybrid also meant for families

China's latest Alphard fighter wants to show us the way it's done. PHOTO BY SAM SURLA

As part of Great Wall Motor’s five-car salvo at Auto Guangzhou 2023, the company displayed a new luxury MPV from one of its newest brands: Wey. For Chinese domestic market anoraks, the brand used to be a commercial vehicle brand before GWM decided to rebrand it as a premium family car marque.

This is the way that luxury MPVs will look like in the near future. PHOTOS BY SAM SURLA

This is the High Mountain (Gaoshan), a 5,405mm-long, 1,960mm-wide, and 1,890mm-tall van with a spacious 3,823mm wheelbase.

It has all the hallmarks of a proper luxury MPV: a massive grille, tons of brightwork, polished chrome 18-inch wheels, and a long LED lightbar at the rear.

This luxury MPV can fit so much people and cargo inside of its long-wheelbase cabin. PHOTOS BY SAM SURLA

But the real story is hidden behind those dual sliding doors. Inside is a very spacious six-passenger cabin that is upholstered in leather. In fact, 1,825mm of length is available for second- and third-row passengers. There is an option for a rear bench in the third row, but most VIPs will be looking at the 2+2+2 configuration.

The middle row is arguably the best place to be in. Consider: powered seats with a wide range of adjustments, massaging, heating and ventilation, and ottomans. There are also two electrically adjustable captain’s seats in the third row, which is a rarity.

It has everything but the kitchen sink in this cabin. PHOTOS BY SAM SURLA

The luxuries don’t end there. A “starry night roofliner” greets you with 830 individual stars woven in. There are a UV-C remote cabin sterilization system, a 20-speaker Harman/Kardon sound system with 1,600W of power output, six-zone independent voice recognition, and even a 12.5L mini refrigerator that’s capable of heating up your food.

Wey also says this is the first MPV tested for zero formaldehyde usage in the cabin, perfect for health-conscious parents who want to shuttle their children around.

We didn't expect an MPV to pack this much punch. PHOTOS BY SAM SURLA

One of Wey’s key points during its presentation is that the High Mountain addresses one of the biggest pain points of MPVs—being underpowered.

The plug-in hybrid drivetrain of this vehicle uses a 1.5-liter turbocharged in-line-four with an electric motor at the back for an absurd 480hp and 762Nm sent to all four wheels. Yes, this 5m-long behemoth can accelerate to 100km/h in five seconds.

It also comes with two different battery capacities: 37.96kWh (Standard) that lets you run on EV power alone for up to 140km; and 44.28kWh (Executive), which ups the EV-only range to 170km (but also capable of a total range of “over 900km” in hybrid mode).

On display were customized versions of the High Mountain, because they know that potential clients will do just that. PHOTOS BY SAM SURLA

The price for all of this luxury is a cool 335,000 Chinese Yuan (P2.618 million), which makes it significantly more affordable than its Japanese and European luxury MPV rivals. Should Great Wall Motor Philippines introduce this in our market?

Sam Surla

Sam is the youngest member of our editorial team. And he is our managing editor (believe it or not). He specializes in photography and videography, but he also happens to like writing about cars a lot.