The GWM H6 fares well in China, managing to find around 20 000 new homes a month according to the automaker. The SUV has landed in South Africa and naturally, GWM has high hopes for its newcomer. Virtues of roominess, high comfort levels and value might help the H6 endear itself to local buyers.
GWM claims the H6 is close in size to established favourites like the Hyundai ix35 and Kia Sportage; but it’s priced like an entry-level compact crossover. You’ll pay R294 900 to get into the 1.5-litre model while the 2-litre derivative will set you back R329 900.
And the 1.5-litre model is particularly interesting. Because it features a new turbocharged petrol engine, promising 105kW and 210Nm of torque. This is mated to a five-speed manual transmission and claimed consumption is set at 8.5l/100km. The 2-litre diesel model produces 105kW and 310Nm of torque, with a claimed consumption figure of 6.7l/100km.
Like with most Chinese offerings, standard specification is generous. THe H6 has tyre pressure monitors, park-distance control with a reverse camera, a colour-screen interface, Bluetooth and satellite steering wheel controls. But there’s also climate control, cruise control and rain-sensing wipers. Also included is a three-year/100 000-kilometre warranty.