THROUGH its high-value bakkie offerings GWM has already established itself as a significant player in the South African single and double cab pick-up segments. Now with the introduction of a restructured Steed line-up that is even more in tune with South African requirements, the company is bullish about its growth prospects in what are two of South Africa’s largest-volume market segments.
The Steed 6 is effectively GWM’s new flagship and is positioned as an upmarket leisure vehicle. Given its cabin comforts, its size and not to mention its very bold styling, the Steed 6 will certainly force the public to take notice.
As double cabs that target leisure or family oriented customers, the Steed 6 prioritises cabin space, creature comforts, design appeal and safety to offer a very attractive multi-purpose solution to most families’ motoring needs. But undoubtedly its unique design will be a major draw card.
It features a big, bold chrome grille with contoured louvres, flanked by high-intensity projector-style headlamps. Lower down, it boasts standard LED strips above the fog lamps, and an integrated SUV-style skid plate.
Much of the Steed 6’s presence is a direct consequence of its dimensions. At 5 345 mm, it is one of the lengthiest bakkies on the South African market, and its 3 200 mm wheelbase is also among the best in class, with obvious benefits to cabin space and particularly rear legroom.
Two trim levels are offered, with the SX derivatives boasting items such as climate control, radio/CD with Bluetooth, height-adjustable driver’s seat, Eaton rear diff-lock, 16-inch alloy wheels, dual front airbags and ABS/EBD.
The flagship Xscape variants offer a full-house package that includes leather upholstery, electric driver seat adjustment, six airbags, cruise control, auto lights and wipers and, for the first time in a GWM product sold in South Africa, Bosch ESP (electronic stability) and hill-start assist. The exterior package of Xscape models further benefits from the addition of factory fit side steps, roll bar and roof rails.
Both Steed 6 derivatives are powered by the brand’s proven 2,0-litre VGT engine that delivers 105kW and 305Nm of torque through a six speed manual transmission.