Great Wall adds to Steed range

The Weekly Advertiser Horsham - - Motoring -

Great Wall has con­tin­ued its re-es­tab­lish­ment in the Aus­tralian light-com­mer­cial mar­ket by bring­ing a pair of sin­gle-cab Steed vari­ants Down Un­der to sell along­side its ex­ist­ing dual-cab ver­sions.

Pric­ing starts from $18,990 drive­away for ABN hold­ers for the 4x2 ver­sion, while non-busi­ness own­ers will fork out $17,990 plus on-road costs.

The 4x4 ver­sion is priced at $20,990 drive­away and $19,990 plus on-roads re­spec­tively for ABN hold­ers and pri­vate buy­ers.

Great Wall has priced the Steed sin­gle-cab com­pet­i­tively, and will jos­tle for sales with the likes of the en­try-level Fo­ton Tun­land at $22,490, Tata Xenon, $19,990, and Mahin­dra Pik-up, $19,990, all of which are drive­away.

For ref­er­ence, the Steed dual-cab range starts at $24,990 drive­away for the 4x2 petrol, while diesel-only 4x4 ex­am­ples kick-off from $26,990.

Both sin­gle-cab driv­e­lines will be mo­ti­vated by the same 2.0-litre tur­bod­iesel unit un­der­pin­ning the 4x4 du­al­cab vari­ants, which pro­duce 110kw of power at 4000rpm and 310Nm of torque from 1800-2800rpm matched ex­clu­sively with a six-speed man­ual gear­box.

A lo­cally man­u­fac­tured alu­minium tray mea­sur­ing 2400mm long and 1777mm wide comes as stan­dard, while the leaf-sprung rear end al­lows for a 1198kg pay­load.

Braked tow­ing ca­pac­ity is rated at 1700kg.

The Steed boasts disc brakes front and rear, while sit­ting on 16-inch al­loy wheels shod in 235-70 rub­ber.

In­te­rior fea­tures in­clude cloth fab­ric seats, air-con­di­tion­ing and auto-dim­ming rearview mir­ror, while stan­dard safety kit com­prises two airbags, ABS brakes, ESP sta­bil­ity con­trol, hill hold con­trol and tyre pres­sure mon­i­tor.

Great Wall of­fers a three year100,000km war­ranty for the Steed to go with three years of road­side as­sist.

Great Wall Mo­tors Aus­tralia chief mar­ket­ing of­fi­cer Tim Smith said the sin­gle-cab ver­sion has been re­quested by deal­ers and cus­tomers alike.

“Since we re-launched the Steed name­plate in 2016, we have re­ceived strong de­mand from deal­ers and cus­tomers for the re­turn of the sin­gle cab ver­sion,” he said.

“With a mix of tough­ness, re­li­a­bil­ity and value for money, the sin­gle cab has al­ways been a pop­u­lar mem­ber of the Great Wall fam­ily.

“At its peak in 2012, the sin­gle cab ver­sion ac­counted for 55 per­cent of all Great Wall util­ity sales.”

In its first full year of sales since re­launch­ing in Aus­tralia with a fac­to­ry­backed op­er­a­tion, Great Wall sold 404 units of the Steed, with 214 opt­ing for the two-wheel-drive ver­sion and the other 190 the 4x4.

Only nine Steeds found homes in the first month of 2018, rep­re­sent­ing a 57.1 per­cent drop over Jan­uary 2017.

When the 4x2 dual-cab vari­ant was crash tested by the Aus­tralasian New Car As­sess­ment Pro­gram, ANCAP, in Septem­ber 2016, the Chi­nese ute only mus­tered a two-star rat­ing.

HORSE­PLAY: The new sin­gle-cab ute brings the point of en­try for the Great Wall Steed range un­der $20,000 for the first time since its Aus­tralian re-launch in 2016.

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