Voyah Free's Electrifying Evolution

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Voyah, a Chinese automaker, is making a bold move in the electric vehicle (EV) market with the introduction of the Free 318. This new SUV aims to snatch the crown for the longest electric-only range among vehicles utilizing plug-in hybrid electric (PHEV) or extended-range electric vehicle (EREV) powertrains.

The Voyah Free has been a mainstay in China since its debut in 2021, marking the first production model from the Dongfeng-owned brand. Initially, the SUV offered both pure battery electric vehicle (BEV) and EREV options, but the BEV version was discontinued in 2023. The current Voyah Free EREV boasts a respectable electric range of 210 kilometers thanks to a 39.2 kWh battery pack. While official details about the Free 318's battery capacity remain under wraps, it's safe to assume it surpasses the existing model based on its namesake – "318."

Voyah Free

Under the hood, the Free 318 is expected to retain the familiar 1.5-liter turbocharged four-cylinder gasoline engine as a range extender, generating 148 horsepower. However, a significant change lies in the electric motor setup. Unlike the existing EREV's dual-motor configuration, the Free 318 opts for a single, more powerful rear-mounted electric motor churning out 268 horsepower and 410 Nm of torque. This shift in motor strategy might translate to a decrease in overall power compared to the dual-motor version, but it undoubtedly contributes to the extended electric-only range by improving efficiency.

The true star of the show is the Free 318's claimed electric-only range of 318 kilometers according to the China Automotive Technology Research Center (CATARC) testing protocol (CLTC). This impressive figure effectively allows owners to utilize the SUV primarily as a BEV for daily commutes and errands, with the added security of the range-extender engine for longer journeys. While Voyah hasn't divulged the combined driving range yet, it's safe to assume it will be even more substantial.


Beyond the technical advancements, Voyah has sprinkled in some aesthetic tweaks to the 4,905-millimeter-long SUV. A new set of sleek black 20-inch five-spoke alloy wheels with contrasting red brake calipers enhances the sporty look. A rear spoiler adds a touch of aerodynamic flair, and the "Titanium Crystal Gray" paint finish adds a touch of sophistication. The interior is a study in dark elegance, featuring suede-like upholstery accented with green stitching and carbon fiber trim for a luxurious feel.

Mark your calendars, electric vehicle enthusiasts! Pre-sales for the Voyah Free 318 kick off on May 30th. Interestingly, reports suggest that the new version might boast a more attractive price tag compared to the standard Voyah Free, which currently retails for $36,855. With its extended electric range, revised design, and potentially lower price point, the Voyah Free 318 positions itself as a compelling option in the ever-evolving EV landscape.

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