Great Wall Australia is still on track to introduce a cheaper single-cab-chassis version of the Steed ute before the end of 2017.
It is expected that the Steed cab-chassis will come in both 110kW/310Nm 2.0-litre turbo-diesel 4x4 and 100kW/205Nm 2.4-litre petrol 4x2 configurations.
The two-door range will help the Chinese brand’s in-house distributor reduce its entry costs from the current base of $24,990 drive-away for the 4x2 petrol dual-cab.
Pictured: Previous-generation Great Wall V240
Expect the 4x4 diesel single-cab version to cost about $25,000 (compared to $29,990 for the dual-cab 4x4 diesel) and the entry 4x2 petrol cab-chassis to potentially go sub-20k.
For context, the 2014 Great Wall V240 single cab — the last version sold by the company’s previous distributor Ateco — cost $18,990. A Mitsubishi Triton GLX single-cab petrol costs $22,300 plus on-roads.
Great Wall Australia says it is currently finalising details with the factory, which makes the cars with a fixed tub. A likely scenario for it is to import tray-less cars and fit drop-side setups locally. It already has a test car here.
The spec levels are likely to be lower than the dual-cab —which we’ve criticised for being over-specified — with things such as a hose-out vinyl floor in place of carpet.
A new entry version will help Great Wall’s sluggish early sales as it chases a mid-term annual target of 5000 units. In five months on sale, the current Steed dual-cab range has managed only 131 units.
Meanwhile, Great Wall’s sister company Haval has some plans of its own, with the H7 crossover (pictured above) due here around September.
The company is also doing some ‘localisation’ work on a more rugged iteration of the relatively well-regarded H9 (pictured above) range-topper.