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by Tim Beissmann

The first Great Wall diesel vehicle has gone on sale in Australia, with the arrival of the Great Wall V200 4×2 dual-cab ute in local showrooms.

The new V200 4×2 dual-cab joins the petrol-powered V240 in the Chinese brand’s light commercial range. A 4×4 variant is “coming soon” according to Great Wall’s public website, while a single-cab V200 variant is expected sometime after that.

The V200 4×2 is priced from $24,990 drive away, while the 4×4 model will cost an extra $3000 at $27,990 drive away. The diesel models are $2000 more expensive than their petrol counterparts.

The V200 is powered by a 2.0-litre diesel engine with 105kW of power (at 4000rpm) and 310Nm of torque (between 1800-2800rpm) – giving it 5kW/110Nm more grunt than the 2.4-litre petrol.

V200 models are teamed with a six-speed manual transmission. The V240 gets a five-speed manual.

The diesel’s combined cycle fuel consumption is 22 per cent lower than the petrol – with figures of 8.3 litres/100km compared with 10.7 litres/100km – despite the diesel models weighing between 55-60kg more.

All other specifications are identical, including the 2000kg/750kg braked/unbraked towing capacities and 1000kg payload.

Standard features include leather upholstery, air conditioning, CD player with USB connectivity, steering wheel audio controls, power windows and mirrors, and 16-inch alloy wheels.

The basic safety package comprises dual front airbags and ABS.

All vehicles are covered by a three-year/100,000km warranty roadside assist for the same period.

As we reported earlier this year, the 2.0-litre diesel engine will be added to Great Wall’s SUV range, with the introduction of the X200 model in the coming months to support the X240. An automatic transmission is also in the pipeline for the X Series, expected to arrive before the end of this year.

(Note: Great Wall V240 pictured)




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