Great Wall is aiming for a genuine competitor to the likes of the Ford Ranger and Toyota HiLux.
Due in 2020, the new ute will feature petrol, hybrid and diesel engine options, the ute will bring an eight-speed automatic transmission to match Volkswagen’s Amarok ute, along with active driver aids such as autonomous emergency braking, forward collision warning and adaptive cruise control systems rarely found on commercial vehicles.
Before then, an updated version of the Great Wall Steed pickup is likely to arrive in the first half of 2018, joined by a comprehensive safety suite for Great Wall’s Haval H9 SUV in the second half of the year.
Haval’s H6 will benefit from a facelift in early 2019 including the addition of a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission, when it will be joined by a Haval H2S promising improved dynamics and smartphone connectivity.
Great Wall’s SUV brand will introduce a new platform compatible with electric and hybrid powerplants underpinning a family of new models set to wear the H2, H6, H7, H9 badges.
Haval will send an engineering team to Australian in coming weeks to examine local conditions which will be factored into future models. The brand’s local arm is considering an Australian chassis tuning operation similar to Hyundai and Kia’s suspension development programs.