The Chinese electric vehicle (EV) brand Weltmeister has arrived in the Philippines. Now officially operating as WM Motor Philippines, the company brings with it the W5 all-electric compact crossover.
Weltmeister, translated to “world champion” in German, has an interesting history. The brand was founded in 2015 by Freeman Shen, a former executive at Geely and Volvo Cars. In its over seven years of existence, WM Motor has managed to put four EVs out into the market, including the W5 that’s now available in the Philippines.
The 2023 WM W5 is a modern five-seater electric crossover that could entice EV fans in the country. It fits squarely in the compact crossover category, sharing similar dimensions to the likes of the Honda CR-V and Mazda CX-5.
The W5’s exterior design looks fairly pedestrian compared to some of its gas-powered competitors, but its ample equipment more than makes up for that. The EV comes equipped with all-LED lighting and a distinctive WM logo that also serves as a battery charge indicator.
As for power, the WM W5 features a permanent magnet synchronous motor that delivers the equivalent of 217 hp and 315 Nm of torque. With a 52-kWh lithium-ion battery, the W5 boasts a range of 400 kilometers.
The WM W5 charges with either Level 1 or Level 2 charging options. Level 1 transfers power through a conventional 220-volt outlet, while Level 2 comes available with an exclusive WM home charger. Certified WM Motor Philippines technicians can install the latter in your home. More than that, the W5 can also charge with a DC fast charger through the GB/T standard.
Contrasting its understated exterior look, the W5 excites with a properly futuristic cabin. You’ll be greeted with a spacious interior with sporty front seats and a driver-centric layout. There’s a massive 12.3-inch digital instrument display and an equally impressive 15.6-inch portrait-style touchscreen infotainment system. There’s also a panoramic sunroof, dual-zone climate control, a 360-degree camera, and an N95 cabin air filtration system.
You can now order the 2023 WM W5 for P2,548,000. The new EV brand’s showroom is coming soon to Bonifacio Global City in Taguig. Servicing will be available at the TDG In.Hub Building in West Bicutan, Taguig.