The Chinese brand is preparing an assault on the established players in the ute market with a model specifically designed for our market.
Great Wall has confirmed its next-generation ute will get a special "off-road adventure" configuration for the Australian and New Zealand market.
Shown here in Australia and New Zealand specific patent drawings from Great Wall, the ute will be offered in four configurations in its home market: dual-cab with a choice of long- and short wheelbase, single-cab, and the special "off-road adventure" model pictured.
The special destined for the local market will get sports bars on the tray, side steps, roof racks, a snorkel and what could be a special grille, although we'll have to wait for the car to be revealed to compare. As for whether it'll be a HiLux Rogue-style accessory pack, or a Ranger Raptor-style off-roader remains to be seen.
Which of the dual- and single-cab options will be offered locally remains to be seen.
Above: The current Great Wall Steed dual-cab ute.
Under the skin will be a variation of the H9 SUV's chassis, designed to deliver "greater comfort and refinement while ensuring superior 4WD and load-carrying abilities" than currently offered.
What powers the dual-cab, which follows on from the Steed, remains to be seen. We understand the engine will be a version of the 2.0-litre turbo-diesel unit briefly used in the H9 before being shelved, meaning we can expect outputs of at least 140kW/440Nm. We're expecting a 3000kg braked towing capacity, at minimum.
There's also been talk of a hybrid model, although it's not confirmed, and we have little information on prospective outputs.
Great Wall has previously confessed to chasing the Ford Ranger and Toyota HiLux with the new ute, which will be built at a billion-dollar facility in Yangchuan alongside a refreshed H9 SUV.