The latest addition to the line-up is the GWM M4, which was previewed at the Johannesburg International Motor Show last year.
The M4 has been such a smash hit in China that it has been nicknamed the GWM ‘Speed’, as a result of its quick sales.
Undoubtedly one of the M4’s main attractions, this crossover’s cheeky looks are certain to generate lots of talk and turn many heads. It is a very compact vehicle with an overall length of less than four metres, but with an SUV-rivalling ground clearance of more than 180mm and stylish 16-inch alloy wheels, it certainly packs lots of attitude into those compact dimensions.
The squared-off front end features a gaping lower airdam flanked by fog lamps. Skid plates in a contrasting silver hue are fitted front and rear and black cladding around the sills and wheelarches round off the SUV look. Due to the C-pillar being blacked out, the M4 gains a trendy ‘floating-roof’ appearance that is further enhanced by the standard fitment of practical roof rails.
On the inside, the M4 boasts a sporty instrument cluster with overlapping dials and an integrated digital speedometer display. The facia design features a V-shaped centre section with neatly seperated control interfaces for the audio (including a large digital screen) and ventilation systems. Vertically slanted ventilation outlets are located either side of the centre hangdown section. Neat black cloth upholstery and the use of silver trim accents on the facsia and doors create an upmarket ambience.
The M4 is more compact than other small crossovers, yet it remains a practical daily driver with good levels of head-, shoulder- and legroom all-round. The boot measures a claimed 310 litres and a spare wheel is located under its floor. The rear seat is split 60:40 and can fold down to increase cargo space.
The M4 boasts a comprehensive standard features count, including air conditioning, electric windows and mirrors and an audio system with USB and auxilialy plug-in support as well Bluetooth capability. Driver comfort is further boosted by the fitment of a rake-adjustable steering wheel. Rear park assist helps drivers avoid those expensive parking scrapes.
The M4 is powered by GWM’s 1.5-litre VVT-i engine that delivers 71kW and 138Nm of torque to the front wheels via a five-speed manual transmission. The M4 sips fuel at the rate of 7.2 litres/100km, translating to a CO2 emissions figure of 172g/km. A top speed of 170km/h is claimed.
The M4’s safety is also of focus with dual front airbags and disc brakes all-round, backed by ABS with EBD. Isofix child-seat mountings are mounted at the rear and the front seatbelts are height-adjustable. The rear doors also feature child locks.
Front and rear fog lights boost visibility in poor weather conditions while security is provided by a standard immobiliser with the further convenience of remote central locking.
The GWM M4 1,5 VVT-I will retail for R189 999 and comes with a 5-year/100 000 km warranty and 5-year/45 000 km service plan.