CHINESE MANUFACTURER Great Wall Motors has received approval from the Australian Federal Government to bring its X240 SUV to the local market later this year.
Based on the Toyota 4Runner's chassis and with a body borrowed from the Isuzu Axiom, the X240 isn't a particularly fresh design.
The engine - Mitsubishi's 4G64 2.4 litre petrol inline-four - isn't terribly new either, but Great Wall importer Ateco Automotive will be banking on keen pricing and respectable base equipment levels to sell the X240.
According to documents submitted by Great Wall to the Department of Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development and Local Government, the X240 will be sold in just one mechanical configuration.
The documents show that while a specific price has not been set, the X240 is expected to sell for under $30,000.
A precise launch date is still unknown, but expect the X240 to land in dealer showrooms before the end of 2009.
A five-speed manual gearbox will be standard, mated to the only engine on offer, the 90kW 2.4 litre petrol four.
Disc brakes will feature at all four corners, behind 17x7.0-inch wheels shod with 235/65 R17 tyres.
For safety, the X240 will offer two front airbags and ABS brakes, making it a somewhat bare-bones package by today's standards.
Air-conditioning, power windows and mirrors, remote central locking and front and rear foglights will figure among the SUV's features, and a sunroof will be offered as an option.
The X240 will spearhead the arrival of more Great Wall passenger cars, with the SUV set to be joined by a version of the Chinese-market Florid five-door small car by the end of this year.
Single-cab variants of the already-launched V240 and SA220 dual-cab utes will also make their way to Australia soon.