GWM has introduced the new entry-level H5 City which promises a full-size SUV experience at compact crossover pricing.
With a standard five-speed manual transmission and a four-cylinder petrol 2.4-litre engine, it delivers 100 kw at 5200 rpm and 200 Nm of torque at 4000 rpm. A fuel consumption figure of 10,3l/100km is claimed.
Warren Olsen, COO of GWM South Africa, said in a statement:
“Customers looking for a spacious, family sized SUV have increasingly been forced to compromise due to the rise of new vehicle prices during 2014. Compact crossovers may answer the needs of some of these buyers, but we believe there is good potential for a more spacious, well-equipped offering in the same price range.”
“The H5 City is based on proven underpinnings, boasts a more extensive standard features list than you may expect and, due to its size and interior packaging, offers unbeatable practicality at its price,” he explained.
The model rides on a rugged ladder-frame chassis and offers a near-200 mm ground clearance, making it significantly more suitable to use on poor road surfaces than more road-biased vehicles generally offered at the same price.
The H5 City is backed by a comprehensive five-year/100 000 km warranty and comes standard with two-year/24-hour AA roadside assistance in addition to a five-year/60 000 km service plan. It costs R244 900.
–Ignition Live Reporter