More and more Chinese manufacturers are jumping into the pickup truck market. After MG launched the Extender earlier in August, Great Wall has now released their latest line of pickup trucks to the market called the P Series. Interestingly, the Chinese automaker says that the new P Series truck will not be China exclusive. Instead, it will be their first-ever global pickup.
The new P Series pickup rides on Great Wall’s new platform called P71. According to the automaker, the new platform ensures that the pickup truck is safer, more comfortable, more efficient, and even more customizable than its predecessors. Specifically, the truck can be configured in more than 100 different variants such as drivetrain options, body size, and more, all to suit the various needs of the customers around the world. Interestingly, Great Wall’s P Series uses a multi-link rear suspension instead of a traditional leaf-spring suspension found on most pickups.
Exterior styling looks somewhat similar to the current-generation Ford Ranger, especially the front end. There’s a large grill flanked by a slim pair of headlights and small fog lights located on the lower half of the bumper. At the rear, there are more Ranger styling cues with the shape of the taillights looking similar. Rather than the usual blacked out cladding, the Great Wall P Series features silver cladding all around.
Powering the P Series pickup will be a 2.0-liter turbocharged engine which is mated to a ZF 8-speed automatic transmission and an intelligent all-wheel drive system. At the moment, the automaker has not released exact figures regarding power and torque.
Inside, it’s very modern. In fact, the automaker even claims it has ‘car-like specs’ such as having 6-way powered driver’s seat with heating and dual-zone automatic air conditioning. Other advanced features include intelligent voice control, adaptive cruise control, lane departure warning, and a 360-degree camera.
Great Wall says that the P Series truck will be competing head-on with the likes of the Toyota Hilux, Ford Ranger, and other pickup brands in the market. They even claim it will “reshape the global pickup landscape”, and be ranked among the world’s top three pickup trucks available. The Chinese automaker hopes to achieve cumulative global sales of 3 million units of the P Series by 2025. Pretty bold call from Great Wall.