In this feature, Trucks for the rest of the world, we focus on trucks that are not sold in the United States – yet. Many trucks simply cannot pass our stringent safety and emissions requirements. Others have been built that could, if there’s enough interest, trickle into our market.
The Great Wall Steed pickup is being sold in several markets across the world. I posted a piece on the Great Wall Steed pickup truck on The Fast Lane Car’s site which you can read (here).
Options and trims are pretty basic and the truck comes with one powertrain only. According to GWM (Great Wall Motors) The Great Wall pickup truck comes with a 2.0-liter common-rail diesel putting out 143 horsepower while making 301 lbs-feet of torque. The diesel is hooked up to a six-speed manual. Four-wheel drive and the six-speed manual come standard.
Word is: torque is plentiful around town and the overall feel of the Great Wall Steed is rugged.
Pardon my approximations, but they are calculated very close to the measurements given: The Great Wall Steed pickup can carry about 2315-lbs and tow up to 5,600 lbs or 2.5 British tonns (2,240 pounds is a British ton). That’s not too shabby for a small, inexpensive pickup truck. The tank can hold 70-liters or about 18.5-US gallons. Base prices start at about $21,000 – £13,998.00 for a Great Wall Steed S. Combined economy is impressive at about 28 mpg.
Something new to add to the Great Wall Steed’s repertoire is its success racing in the Dakar, one of the toughest races on the planet.
“With the close of Stage 14 last week, the 2013 Dakar Rally competition officially closed. Great Wall’s Haval Dakar Team finished 6th, placing in the top 10 among the big names like BMW and Toyota. The stage itself was less challenging than most of the journey, and the two Dakar competitors from Great Wall maintained their strong second-half momentum.” – – Great Wall Motors UK
I truly want to see a small diesel come to the United States and so do many of you. Sure, Ram will have one in a 1500 pickup truck, but what about something smaller and inexpensive? It does make one scratch his chin in contemplation.
Check out this Great Wall Steed doing double duty as an RV at the 2013 Shanghai Auto Show!
Engine type Water cooled, 4 stroke, direct injection, turbo charged diesel engine
Bore x stroke 83.1 x 92
Air intake system Dry single stage air filter
Engine layout Front – in line
Number of cylinders 4
Valves per cylinder 4
Valve operation Double overhead camshaft
Compression ratio 16.7 : 1
Maximum output 143/105 at 4000rpm
Maximum torque 225/305 between 1800/2800 rpm
Fuel tank capacity 70
Urban mpg 30.1/9.4
Extra urban mpg 37.7/7.5
Combined mpg 34/8.3