TWO years after China’s Great Wall company launched the model in the UK, a revised version is now on sale.
Since 1998 it has sold a million vehicles around the world and prices for the new Great Wall Steed start at £14,998 (CVOTR) for the Steed S model – the lowest price for any double-cab 4×4 pick-up in the UK – increasing to £16,998 for the top-of-the-range SE.
Despite carrying a premium of only £1,000 over the old model, the 2015 Steed is packed with even more practical, standard features and even that price is likely to be negotiable with some tough talking.
Inside the new Steed is where some of the more significant improvements are to be found.
Higher quality materials, such as that used on the seat facings and a sharper, more contemporary design of instrument cluster, creates a more comfortable and ergonomic feel to the cabin.
New technologies have been added to improve convenience and enhance the ownership experience, including a multi-function rear view mirror with automatic dimming and an outside temperature display.
A tyre pressure monitoring system is also incorporated which will display the working pressure for each tyre.
Carrying capacity compares very well with established pick-up rivals as the cargo bed measures 1,380 mm x 1,460 mm x 480 mm (length, width, depth). The Steed has a maximum payload of 1,050 kg and is now certified in the UK to tow 2.5 tonnes with a ‘braked’ trailer.
The increase in towing from 2.0 tonnes followed independent tests at the Millbrook Proving Ground in 2013 where it was put through stringent tests by an independent team of engineers and consultants, subsequently resulting in the Steed being fully validated by the Vehicle and Operator Services Agency (VOSA).