- The Steed dual-cab ute is the only vehicle Great Wall is selling in Australia for now.
- It will only tow 1700kg. That compares with more than 3000kg for more expensive rivals from more mainstream brands.
- The name “Steed” is the same one Great Wall uses for the ute in the British market (the brand’s former Australian distributor called it the V240)
- The name “Steed” reflects the Anglicised name for the ute in China, where it is called the “Wingle”, which allegedly also means “horse”.
- The steering wheel is made from real leather. The front seats are made from fake leather.
- There’s only the single four-door model of the Steed. Great Wall is thinking about bringing in two-door versions, but it won’t be until next year.
- If you can’t drive a manual, don’t buy a Great Wall Steed. It’s manual transmission-only for now, although an auto is high on the Australian arm’s wish list.
- The Steed is likely to gain a more premium rival from sister brand Haval. However, the Haval-based ute won’t be big enough to offer a dual-cab version.
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