By Staff Reporter
Following last year’s announcement that Great Wall Pickup would become an independent brand in the corporation and that it would launch top tier or premium products in the next three years, the company is set to unveil its new bakkie at the upcoming Auto Shanghai later this month.
According to the pictures released by the Chinese marque, the bakkie adopts a new front style and grille while the trapezoidal air-inlet grille adopts an intricate decorative style.
The headlights also feature a very sharp and futuristic styling that melts and integrates into the front bumper.
At the same time the final vehicle images were released, a group of patent drawings of the new pickups were also released online. As can be seen from the patent drawings, a variety of models such as long and short load bin versions, as well as single cab and double cabs in various levels of specification and trim will be included.
Previously, there were speculations from global media that the new products might be STEED 8 and STEED 9, but those speculations have never been officially confirmed by Great Wall Pickup.
According to the patent drawings, a whole new range of products rather than a single product will be launched at Auto Shanghai 2019.
It is worth noting that from the patent drawings we can also see that there is likely to be an off-road model.
The overall style of this model is more aggressive, with stronger wheel hub styles and flared fender modelling and additional wheel arch covers. Added to this, the model adopts a custom front and rear bumper with capstans holes in the front bumper, a tow hook in the rear bumper as well as roof racks.
According to another source, these products are based on a new platform rather than the previously reported H9 platform.
Added to this the new Great Wall pickup models will be manufactured at the new plant in Yongchuan District, Chongqing.
It is understood that the new plant of Great Wall Motors in Chongqing will mainly produce Great Wall pickups and Haval SUVs.
The plant is expected to be completed and put into operation by the end of 2019, which can add 160,000 vehicles and supporting parts for Great Wall Motors.
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