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by Tim Beissmann

The Great Wall X200 is now on sale in Australia, adding a diesel option to the Chinese brand’s SUV range.

 

The Great Wall X200 is priced from $25,990 driveaway, making it the cheapest four-wheel drive diesel in Australia (the next cheapest is the Ssangyong Korando S manual at $27,990 driveaway). The petrol-powered Great Wall X240 is $2000 cheaper at $23,990 driveaway.

In an important step forward for Great Wall, the X200 is the Chinese brand’s first vehicle with electronic stability control fitted standard in Australia.

The X200 is powered by the same 2.0-litre four-cylinder diesel engine as the Great Wall V200 ute. It produces 105kW of power (4000rpm) and 310Nm of torque (1800-2800rpm).

For now, the X200 is only available with a six-speed manual transmission, although a five-speed automatic version is coming in the first half of 2012.

The X200 manual returns combined cycle fuel consumption of 7.6 litres/100km, making it considerably more efficient than the X240 (10.3 litres/100km). The X200 has the same 1700kg towing capacity as its petrol-powered sibling.

Standard features include 17-inch alloy wheels, leather upholstery, climate control, rain-sensing wipers, and a six-speaker audio system with a touchscreen, DVD player, USB connectivity, and Bluetooth for phone calls.

The Great Wall X200 is covered by a three-year/100,000km warranty and roadside assistance package.

Australians have warmed to Great Wall in 2011. In the first 10 months of this year, the X240 has outsold well-established compact SUVs like the Ford Escape and the Suzuki Grand Vitara.




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