Great Wall Steed: 8 things you didn’t know

By Barry Park, 12 Sep 2016 Car Reviews

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Great Wall Steed ute

Chinese carmaker Great Wall is back with a trade ute called the Steed. Here’s eight things you didn’t know.

  1. The Steed dual-cab ute is the only vehicle Great Wall is selling in Australia for now.

  2. It will only tow 1700kg. That compares with more than 3000kg for more expensive rivals from more mainstream brands.

  3. 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)

  4. The name “Steed” reflects the Anglicised name for the ute in China, where it is called the “Wingle”, which allegedly also means “horse”.

  5. The steering wheel is made from real leather. The front seats are made from fake leather.

  6. 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.

  7. 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.

  8. 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.