Great Wall became the first Chinese manufacturer to enter Europe’s pickup market in 2011, but its new truck, the Steed 6, is bigger, more attractive, and features a whole host of new technology.
Even when it was launched, the Great Wall Steed was well behind the competition in terms of comfort and refinement, but many operators, especially farmers, liked the simplistic approach and low retail price. The new model is expected to continue to perform well in these sectors, while also opening up to more premium buyers.
Great Wall Steed Specification
UK specifications have yet to be announced, but we can reveal that the new Steed (known as Wingle in its home territory) will feature a wide range of new technology – in contrast to the fairly limited current generation. The three current trim levels, the S, Tracker and SE, are likely to remain.
Among the new equipment is the MP5 five-inch colour display, which has an integrated reversing camera and satellite navigation. The new Steed will also feature cruise control, steering-mounted controls, tyre pressure monitoring system (TPMS), six airbags and climate control.
Great Wall Steed Engine and Driveline
Under the bonnet is Great Wall’s own 2.0-litre diesel engine, which powered the previous generation. The power and torque outputs will increase slightly to 143hp and 305Nm, although fuel consumption figures have yet to be announced. Any improvement over a very poor 32.8mpg on the current generation will be welcomed.
Great Wall Steed Towing and Load Area
It’s evident from the outside that the new Steed is longer than the previous model and, thankfully, that has been reflected in the size of the load bed. The maximum load length has increased from 1,380mm to a respectable 1,545mm, although the interior width remains worst-in-class at 1,460mm.
Another poor feature of the current generation that is likely to remain is the towing and payload capacities. Very little work appears to have been carried out on the rear axle and suspension, which means it’s likely to inherit the 1,050kg payload and limiting 2.5-tonne towing capacity.
Great Wall Steed Off-Road
Despite being limited by poor ground clearance (188mm) and approach and departure angles (27 and 19-degrees), the Great Wall boasts an impressive four-wheel-drive system. The TOD (Traction On Demand) transfer case has been developed by Borg-Warner, and uses 12 sensors to detect the operating state of each tyre and distribute torque accordingly.
Meanwhile, Bosch has helped develop a whole of other on-board electronics, like the ABS, ESP, EBD (electronic brakeforce distribution), TCS (traction control system) and HHC hill-start assist.
Great Wall Steed Price and Availability
The 2017 Great Wall Steed 6 is already on sale in South America, Russia, China and Australasia, but there’s still no word of dates from the IM Group, the official Great Wall importer for the UK. Should the truck make it to the UK, we expect prices to be competitive, starting at around £14,990 plus VAT.