A double-cab pickup truck that will cost you just £7,000? Thanks to the Wuling Zhengtu, that’s a possibility.
The General Motors brand launched its first pickup truck in Shanghai yesterday, which Wuling is making available from as little as RMB 58,800 (£6,500) for a single cab model, and RMB 62,800 (£7,000) for the five-seater double cab.
A wide chrome grille that “connects with the headlights enhances its broad stance and gives it a contemporary urban feel,” says Wuling’s press release. “The pickup has adopted Wuling’s iconic design elements to appeal to younger consumers and those who lead an active lifestyle.”
The Zhengtu meets the same noise, vibration and harshness standards as passenger cars, and includes a smattering of modern technology; there’s even an 8.0-inch infotainment screen that offers voice control for the navigation and entertainment centre.
Wuling Zhengtu: Cargo Capacity
At 5.1 metres, the Zhengtu is a sizable pickup, just 12cm shorter than a Mitsubishi L200. However, its 1,640mm width means it’s only slightly wider than a Ford Fiesta. The unusual proportions are exacerbated by a long wheelbase bounded by 14-inch wheels, and an impressive two metre long load deck.
The bedsides can fold down, making the loading and unloading of cargo easy, although the payload capacity is limited to 480kg.
Wuling Zhengtu: Performance
Powering the Zhengtu is a 1.5-litre naturally-aspirated petrol engine that produces 99hp and develops 140Nm of torque. With a 1,340kg kerb weight, that’s enough to get the pickup to 75mph.
Power goes to the front wheels only, via a five-speed manual gearbox.
Wuling Zhengtu: Availability
Despite being part of General Motors, the Wuling Zhengtu is destined to remain a model only available to the domestic Chinese market.