Here’s something rather unexpected – Chinese brand, Great Wall Motor, is set to introduce what will likely to be the first all electric pick-up into Australia and NZ next year!
Little else is known about the new electric ute except it rides on a completely new platform shared with the next-generation HAVAL H9 and is said to come with a Tesla-aping 500km driving range.
While the EV ute will certainly be the headline grabbing model, the company has only unveiled the lifestyle-focused ‘adventure’ version as seen here ahead of the line up’s official debut at this month’s Shanghai Motor Show.
It show’s the model’s “tough truck” design direction that incorporates a single bar grille, LED headlights and carbon black wheel arches. The rear also feature LED taillights, extended sports bar and a specially designed tailgate for off-road bike enthusiasts.
GWM says the new ‘adventure’ model will feature a built-in front winch, triple diff locks and a 7-setting All Terrain Control System, which combined, is said to offer segment leading 4WD capabilities and a 900mm fording depth.
Non-electric models will be available with a turbo-diesel engine and adopt a German engineered ZF 8-speed automatic transmission with four driving modes – Auto, Economy, Sport and 4 Low – as well as an electronic park brake system.
Inside, the interior promises to combine the quality, refinement and comfort of a premium family SUV with use of monotone surrounds and contrasting jacquard texture seats and door inserts in the ‘urban’ model’s interior shown here.
It features push button start, remote vehicle start function and a 9-inch touchscreen infotainment system with voice recognition and operates the electronic dipstick and climate control system.
The new Great Wall Ute will be produced at GWM’s new $1 billion Chongqing plant in China along with the next-generation HAVAL H9.