Haval has announced that an updated version of its GWM Steed 5 bakkie will be available in South Africa from mid-December.
The updated Steed 5 will replace the current Steed 5, 5E, and 6.
The main improvement in the new Steed 5 range comes in the form of additional safety systems, following the poor performance of the bakkie in previous NCAP tests in the #SaferCarsForAfrica campaign piloted by the AA, said Haval.
Now, all Steed 5 bakkies come standard with dual airbags and ABS, whereas the previous entry-level model did not have these systems fitted.
Additionally, the updated range of single and double cab bakkies is fitted with a 2.0-litre, diesel engine mated to a six-speed manual transmission.
The engine produces 110kW and 320Nm – boasting a 5kW and 15Nm improvement over the outgoing models.
“The petrol Steed powerplant will be discontinued in lieu of the greater diesel powerplant gains in terms of performance and fuel economy,” said Haval.
Both body styles of the new Steed 5 are also available with 4×2 and 4×4 drivetrains.
In the entry-level “S” specification, the updated Steed 5 comes with central locking, an AM/FM radio with USB input, electric windows, powered wing mirrors, a manual aircon, outer tie-down rails, and 16-inch steel wheels.
The more premium “SX” grade sees the addition of front and rear fog lamps, rear parking sensors, partial leather seats and steering wheel, an automatic aircon in the double cab, a chrome-plated grille and door handles, and 16-inch alloy wheels with a tyre pressure monitor.
In the four-wheel-drive versions, you also get an electronic 4WD system with 2H, 4H, and 4L gears.
The entire line-up is then treated to a new front grille and bumper, making the bakkie clearly distinguishable from the one it is replacing.
The South African pricing for the new GWM Steed 5 line-up has not been revealed yet.
Each new Steed 5 is sold with a 5-year/100,000km warranty with the double cabs getting a 3-year/40,000km service plan.
Optional service plans are available for the single cab models.