This manufacturer has done well to increase its market share with a strong showing of good products and its latest offering looks set to continue this trend.
A recipient of a number of awards in its domestic market, the GWM H6 has now been launched in South Africa.
From a styling perspective, the H6 has a distinctive design courtesy of its chiselled features and smooth contours. All South African-spec H6 models feature premium trim and as such boast 17-inch alloy wheels, full colour coding with chrome detailing, roof rails, front and rear fog lamps and privacy glass.
Under its bodywork the H6 features an all-new unibody platform that ensures rigidity and low levels of NVH. Suspension is courtesy of MacPherson struts at the front and a multilink arrangement at the rear. The H6’s underpinnings have been tuned to deliver maximum occupant comfort.
Inside the cabin, the driver’s seat features manual height adjustment while the rear bench boasts a reclining backrest. The rear seats are split 60:40 and can tumble forward to transform the already spacious boot into a truly cavernous utility area. The boot itself features a handy secondary removable shelf to help organise luggage. A full-size spare wheel is located underneath the boot floor.
From the driver’s seat, the emphasis on maximum ergonomic efficiency is obvious. The leather-trimmed steering wheel is adjustable for both rake and reach, the facia-mounted gear lever falls easily to hand and there are fold-out armrests for both front seats. The H6’s interior is finished in an upmarket black with satin-silver accents further contributing to the sophisticated ambience. Leather and soft-touch surfaces also appear on the doors.
The crowning jewel of the H6’s standard features list is its comprehensive infotainment system. A full-colour touch-screen system is mounted in the centre of the facia and within easy reach. It features a radio with CD, DVD and MP3 playback. It is further supported by a mini SD slot below the screen as well as USB and auxiliary ports mounted in the storage box between the seats. The system also features Bluetooth integration and can be remotely controlled via buttons on the steering wheel. When reverse gear is selected, the screen displays a feed from the rear-mounted camera, aiding in parking manoeuvres. An audible warning system is also activated when reversing.
Other standard features include climate control, power steering, cruise control, electric windows all-round, electric mirror adjustment, rain-sensing wipers and automatic headlights with manual levelling, among others.
GWM is introducing two engine options in South Africa, with the 2.0-litre turbo-diesel flagship arriving first and a 1.5-litre turbo-petrol soon after. The company’s in-house-designed 4D20 turbo-diesel engine develops 105kW and a meaty 310Nm of torque. It powers the flagship 2.0 TCI model. In the H6 it is coupled with a six-speed manual transmission, which sends power to the rear wheels. Combined-cycle fuel consumption is a claimed 6.7 litres/100km.
Due within weeks is the brand’s new GW4G15B 1.5-litre turbo-petrol engine. Perfectly aligned with the current trend of engine downsizing, this powerplant promises the performance of a larger naturally aspirated engine, but without the accompanying fuel-consumption penalty. The engine delivers 105kW of power and 210Nm of torque. It is also mated with a six-speed manual transmission and consumes 8.5 litres/100km in the combined cycle.
In terms of safety, the H6’s high-strength body has been designed to meet global safety requirements. South African vehicles feature dual front SRS airbags, disc brakes all-round, ABS with EBD and BAS. The front seatbelts are height adjustable and feature load limiters and pre-tensioners. At the rear, Isofix child-seat mounts provide the safest possible anchorage points for child seats. Tyre-pressure monitors are also standard on both models.
Both H6 models are backed by GWM’s 3-year/100 000 km warranty.
H6 1,5T 4x2 R294 900
H6 2,0 TCI 4x2 R329 900