GWM Australia, the company behind such brands as Great Wall Motors and Haval, has revealed full details for the new GWM Ute range, which is due in dealer showrooms this month.
Newly designed and engineered from the ground-up, the GWM Ute has been conceived to break the mould of conventional dual-cab utilities with a combination of style, safety, comfort, capability and value that Australian ute buyers will find hard to ignore.
With Morio Ikeda, experienced global engineer and program manager at the helm, the GWM Ute has been developed to world-class standards in the company’s advanced R&D centre, by a team of highly skilled designers and engineers.
The result is the most advanced vehicle built so far by the rapidly growing GWM Group, and one which is expected to spur the next stage of growth for the brand.
The initial line-up will consist of three 4×4 dual-cab models, Cannon, Cannon-L and Cannon-X, which are all powered by an upgraded 2.0-litre turbo diesel engine and ZF 8-speed automatic transmission.
Improvements to the engine include increased outputs to 120kW and 400Nm respectively, improved fuel efficiency and new additions including a variable geometry turbo (VGT), variable turbo inlet, and upgraded air intake throttle and camshaft.
These improvements have resulted in a more responsive driving experience across all applications. All this stacks up to see the new GWM Ute offer torque on demand, a rear diff lock, front double wishbone suspension and rear leaf springs.
An electronic parking brake and auto hold safety technology also features, as do seven airbags, forward collision warning, and autonomous emergency braking with pedestrian and cyclist detection.
There’s also lane departure warning, lane keep assist, lane change assist and rear cross traffic alert, and new owners can also expect adaptive cruise control, traffic sign recognition and overspeed alert, and tyre pressure monitoring.
In addition, there are reverse and kerbside cameras, rear parking sensors, hill start assist and hill decent control. It comes with 18-inch alloy wheels, body-coloured bumpers, power adjustable door mirrors, and LED headlights with auto on/off.
You’ll also find daytime running lights, fog lamps, an auto steering function and side steps. Internally, the goodness continues with keyless entry, push button start, paddle shifters, 9.0-inch LCD touchscreen, and Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.
There’s a 7.0-inch colour instrument cluster, a power outlet for a dash camera, 12v power outlets, wireless charging and luxury leather seats. The 2020 GWM Ute range starts at $37,990 (drive away), through to $40,990 (drive away).
For further information, or to book a test drive, please contact your local GWM dealer or visit the GWM Ute website.