October 18, 2021
The recent arrival of GWM’s new P-Series bakkie will no doubt challenge the leisure double-cab segment. Should this competition be taken seriously? They did a test drive on the top-of-the-range P-Series LT 4x4 to answer that question.1
The Chinese manufacturing giant GWM is a brand that has established itself in South Africa with its Steed bakkies series at the bottom end of the single- and double-cab 4x4 segment. After launching its P-Series in 2019, GWM made it no secret that it aimed for its new arrival to land in the top 3 bakkies globally, besides Ford and Toyota. Even though this may sound pushy, GWM has been quite successful worldwide with its SUV brand Haval.
After its recent launch in South Africa, it is evident that the P-Series is more of a leisure double-cab bakkie compared to its Steed relatives. However, it looks more striking on the outside, has a well-equipped cabin, and has great 4x4 potential. The P-Series LT 4x4 automatic competes, amongst others, with the Ford Ranger 2.2 TDCi 4x4 and the Toyota Hilux 2.4 GD-6 4x4. Judging from the LT’s improved power and torque delivery and a well-furnished cabin, this 4x4 may well be a force to be reckoned with on rough terrain.
The South African bakkie market is massive, yet the P-Series bakkies are beginning to appear more and more on our roads. The critical question is if the P-Series can influence a most brand-loyal group of bakkie followers and take a good slice of this profitable segment. First, let’s discover how well this bakkie looks and performs.
Seeing size is not an issue for GWM. This bakkie is massive, being 5 410 mm long, 1 886 mm high, 1 934 mm wide, and having a 3 230-mm wheelbase. These dimensions exceed all those of both the Toyota Hilux and Ford Ranger bakkies. In addition, it has a most flashy face, made up of a massive chrome grille and brand logo, and protected by a substantial chrome sports bar. Eying the grille on either side are LED headlights, including integrated daytime running lights, whilst fancy LED clusters adorn the rear.
The opulent interior is striking, with the LT derivative showing off quilted leather upholstery that continues to the upper section of the dashboard. The doors’ insides, consisting of a quilted leather design, complete the perfect setting. In addition, the structural quality of this 4x4 appears to outstrip that of other bakkies in the same segment.
The GWM P-Series landed in the South African market powered by a turbodiesel engine similar to the 16-derivative range. The 2.0-litre 4-cylinder engine generates 120 kW power and 400 Nm torque transmitted via an 8-speed ZF automatic gearbox. The P-Series lacks no power on the road, but drivers may experience a power lag when applying firm acceleration. Indeed, its overall performance equals that of its competitors.
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