After taking the cellular phone industry by storm (and then having to storm out of it), the Chinese are gradually entering in to nation’s auto industry. We can just hope that the cars that come from the Great Wall are not as incompetent as the the aforementioned handsets. The first car that came from our neighbors is a Zoyte that Premier sells with Rio badges. The fact that the Zoyte is essentially an old Toyota RAV/Dahitsu Terios is another story. Then Force got us the ONE which is highly based on the Guangdong Foday Explorer III which in-turn is again is based on a old Ford Explorer. Coming up next might be two vehicles that are quite popular with the neighbors. Indian auto manufacturer ICML is planning to get into a JV with The Great Wall from the country that boasts of..err..the Great wall. The JV should see ICML selling a range of SUVs and pick up trucks in the market.Recently, a Haval 5 test mule was caught being tested in India. The good folks at goaonwheels had a little dialogue with officials at ICML and the latter hinted at the possibility of launching The Great Wall vehicles in Indian market. They confirmed that they busy testing testing a SUV and a pick up truck for Indian market.
Seen under the hood of the Haval 5 SUV and the Wingle pick-up truck will be a new G-One Series diesel engine that will pump out a healthy power of 120 bhp and churn out a pulling power of above 300 Nm. The Havel 5 SUV will mainly rival the Force One, Tata Safari Storm and the Mahindra Scorpio. The international variant of this SUV is currently powered by a 2378cc 136 PS-200Nm, In-line 4-cylinder, 4-stroke, water cooled, petrol engine and a 2499cc In-line 4-cylinder, 4-stroke, water cooled, high pressure common rail, turbocharged disel engine in the international market..
The vehicle boasts of disc brakes on all four wheels with ABS+EBD+TCS and is available in both 4×2 and 4×4 variants.
Internationally, the Wingle 5 pick-up truck is available in both single cabin & dual cabin format and the engine options include a 2378cc Four-stroke, in-line, water-cooling, four-cylinder, multi-point injection petrol engine, a 2771cc 4-cylinder, in-line, water-cooling, turbo-charging, electric control direct injection diesel motor and a 2499cc 4-cylinder inline, Four-stroke, Water, OHV, Turbocharged and intercooled, DI, Common Rail Diesel Engine.
When launched in India, the main USP of these vehicles should be their selling price. It will be interesting to see the fate of ‘Chinese’ vehicles in India.