China unveils its official answer to the F-150 and RAM 1500 pick up trucks
Not available in the US*
Great Wall, one of largest manufacturers in China and of the few that actually sells cars outside the domestic market, is gearing up to unveil a Ford F-150 rival at the upcoming Shanghai Auto Show. Rumour has it the as-yet-unnamed truck will be loosely based on (and inspired by) the Black Bullet Concept that the company unveiled at the 2020 Beijing Auto Show.
The plan is to compete with the Toyota Tacoma, Ram 1500, Ford F-150 and the Chevy Silverado, and Great Wall is actually giving its new truck a type of engine I nearly forgot existed: a diesel. A 3.0-litre six-cylinder diesel, to be specific, with a power output of 348 hp and 553 lb-ft of torque with all-wheel-drive and a 9-speed automatic.
The truck is going to be considerably less expensive than the aforementioned rivals, and Great Wall will initially sell it in Australia, before exporting it to Europe, South America, Southeast Asia, the Middle East, and Africa. As you can imagine, it is almost certainly not going to be available in North America.
However, this is a bit crazy if you ask me, Great Wall has indeed teamed up with an American brand, Shelby American to be specific, for a tuned-up version of the mid-size Cannon pick-up truck, which is also going to be launched at the Shanghai Auto Show and marketed as Pao and P Series outside of China.
The Baja Snake, this is the name of the truck, will be available with petrol and diesel options, as well as an all-electric 201-hp variant. Now, this is interesting. Would you buy it?