Revealed on the Chinese’s brand’s website, the new X240 benefits from a new front-end design that appears to draw inspiration from the Mazda CX-7. Inside, it gains a reversing camera, automatic headlights with ‘follow me home’ function, Bluetooth phone connectivity and steering wheel controls.
The starting price is unchanged at $23,990.
The V240 Dual Cab gets a significantly bolder front-end design and also scores steering wheel controls. The price of both models has dropped by $1000, making the 4x2 model $22,990 and the 4x4 model $25,990.
Daniel Cotterill from Great Wall’s Australian importer, Ateco Automotive, confirmed the April updates would not include the introduction of a diesel engine (X200, V200 models) or an automatic transmission. He said those additions were on track to occur early in the second half of the year.
“I think Q3 is still a pretty good bet,” Mr Cotterill said. “Things like this never happen as soon as you would like. It’s always a complicated process.”
The X240 and V240 are currently only available with a 100kW/200Nm 2.4-litre four-cylinder petrol engine and a five speed manual transmission.
The third quarter updates will add diesel and automatic transmission to the X240 range. Both Single Cab and Dual Cab variants of the V240 will get the diesel engine option but will remain manual-only. The Single Cab will also receive styling updates in Q3.
According to official VFACTS data released by the Federal Chamber of Automotive Industries, two Great Wall X200 diesel SUVs were registered in Australia in March.
Mr Cotterill confirmed these vehicles were “homologation cars” used by Great Wall Motors Australia to be subjected to a range of tests to ensure the cars were ready to enter the market.
Great Wall sales continue to climb in Australia. In the first quarter of 2011, it sold 1654 vehicles, up almost 20 percent compared with the same period in 2010.
So far this year, the V240 4x2 has outsold the 4x2 variants of the Holden Colorado and the Nissan Navara, while the X240 is ahead of the Holden Captiva 5 and the Kia Sportage in the compact SUV segment.
Great Wall is currently the 17th
highest selling brand in Australia, ahead of established marques like Land Rover, Lexus and Peugeot, and hot on the heels of natural 4x4 competitor Jeep (1733 sales).
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