2018 Great Wall Steed Single Cab launches from $18,990

Mitchell Jones

Great Wall Motors has launched a single-cab variant of its Steed pickup utility in Australia, substantially lowering the entry point for the range.

Compared with the dual-cab version that starts from $25,990, the Steed Single Cab starts from $18,990 (for ABN holders). Standard equipment includes dual front airbags, Bosch electronic stability control, automatic hill hold and a tyre pressure monitoring system.

The Steed Single Cab is powered by a 2.0-litre turbo-diesel engine generating 110kW and 310Nm, and the sole gearbox on offer is a six-speed manual. Maximum towing capacity is rated at 1700kg, while the Australian-made aluminium tray can handle 1198kg of payload.

Interestingly, the Steed Single Cab appears to have quite a lot in common with the V240 and V200 that went on sale back in 2011, before being pulled from the market some time later.

Even the interior is all but identical to the earlier car, albeit with some trim and colour changes. Nonetheless, with the diesel engine, extra safety equipment and updated styling, the value proposition is tempting. Especially when you consider an equivalent HiLux Workmate diesel starts from $24,990.

The dual-cab version of the Steed is a newer overall design, with a larger exterior and different interior to this newly-launched model. Buyers receive a three year/ 100,000km warranty with the Steed, which is available in all Great Wall Motors dealerships.

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