A new contender for Australia’s cheapest ute has lobbed, in the form of the 2018 Great Wall Steed Single Cab, just in time to bring in the Chinese New Year.
Seemingly based on the Great Wall V200 utility sold here between 2011 and 2014, the Steed Single Cab differs from its four-door brother, which uses a larger and newer body with a different interior.
At $18,990 drive away for ABN holders, the Steed Single Cab is definitely a good value proposition.
While the interior and exterior are clearly similar to its predecessor, colours and trims have been updated sufficiently to differentiate it. You still get dual airbags, ESP, tyre pressure monitoring and hill holder. Air conditioning and steering wheel audio controls are also standard plus central locking and power windows.
Perhaps the most compelling aspect of the Steed Single Cab is the standard fitment of a diesel engine. It undercuts rivals by thousands of dollars. It is a 2.0-litre tubocharged unit that generates 110kW at 4000rpm and 310Nm from 1800 to 2800 rpm. Connected to a six-speed manual gearbox (no auto at this stage), a 4×4 version is available from $20,990 as well.
An Australian-made alloy tray yields a 1198kg payload and a 3 year, 100,000km warranty comes as standard. What do you think of the new Great Wall Steed Single Cab? Has Great Wall come of age? Or do they still have a way to go? Tell us your thoughts below.