Great Wall Motors (GWM) has opted to close off the year on a high by introducing three new models into the single- and double-cab pick-up segments — the Steed 5, Steed 5E and Steed 6.
The Steed 5, which already exists with its single-cab 2.2-litre MPI, continues as a comfort-oriented workhorse. The top-selling double-cab, also driven by the proven 2.2-litre petrol engine, remains one of the most affordable vehicles of its kind on the local market.
The WGT engine delivers 78kW at 4 000rpm and 225Nm from 1 400 to 2 800rpm. It is mated with a five- speed manual transmission and the claimed fuel consumption is 8.1l/100km (single cab). The Steed 5E consists of the proven 2.4-litre petrol (46G69) unit that develops 93kW and 200Nm of torque, and the brand’s further refined 2.0-litre VGT turbodiesel (105kW and 305Nm).
A four-wheel drive version of the 2.0- litre VGT Xscape will join the local lineup soon. The noise, vibration and harshness levels of the Steed 5E were improved and the result is a significantly quieter, and therefore more relaxed, cabin environment.
The Steed 6 is positioned as an upmarket leisure vehicle. Both Steed 6 derivatives are powered by the brand’s proven 2.0-litre VGT engine, which delivers 105kW and 305Nm of torque through a six- speed manual transmission.
The line up will be expanded in 2015 with the addition of 4×4 derivatives. The Steed 5 ranges between R199 900 and R229 900. The Steed 5E starts at R229 900 and buyers will pay R274 900 for the Xscape model. The flagship Steed 6 is priced between R294 900 and R319 900.