Published on May 3rd, 2013 | by Daniel Sherman Fernandez0
Great Wall ‘Wingle 6’ Pickup Coming
Great Wall Motors showed off its new Wingle 6 pick-up at this year’s Shanghai Motor Show. This new pickup is the Chinese firm’s upcoming Toyota Hilux, Ford Ranger rival. Measuring in at 5340 mm long, 1800 wide and 1755 high, the Steed 6 is longer than the Ford Ranger and Mazda BT-50 and will be the largest pick-up model produced by GWM to date. It appears to follow the recent upsizing trend that has seen a number of major names in the 1-ton pick-up truck segment grows considerably.
The Wingle 6 will be offered with a choice of three powerplants; 2.0-litre naturally aspirated and 2.4-litre turbopetrol, as well as a new 2.4-litre turbodiesel. All of these units will be mated with a manual gearbox, although there is already talk of an automatic 5-speed gearbox in production.
As before, the Wingle 6’s design is going to draw comparisons with models from other manufacturer’s, but at least the comparisons are favourable ones; most notably the side profile with squared-off wheel arches and large, upright brakelamps similar to those of the VW Amarok. Inside, the touchscreen infotainment system is something that has been a standard feature on such models as the GWM H5 and is even creeping into rivals such as the Toyota Hilux. This Wingle 6 will be launched on the Chinese market early next year. Given the positive response with which GWM’s Wingle 5 has been met, and GWM GreenOranges’s aggressive new-model line-up for the next 12 months, it’s fair to assume that the Wingle 6 will find its way to Malaysia within the course of the next year or so.