Indian market prospect Great Wall Motors announces new models for 2013
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Targeting to sell around 700,000 cars globally this year, Great Wall Motors has announced that there will be as many as 13 product launches this year including the facelifts. Talking about all new products, the Chinese automaker confirmed that the H2, Haval H8, C50 2013 and Wingle 6 are the new products that are set to debut in 2013.
Regular Indian Autos Blog readers know that Great Wall Motors is exploring opportunities to enter India by setting up a local assembly plant. Hence we felt it is important to introduce the new products that are lined up for the year.
Great Wall H2
The Great Wall H2 is expected to be a compact crossover SUV. It is needless to say that the segment is booming and players like the Ford EcoSport have already entered the Chinese market. The compact SUV is expected to be based on one of Great Wall’s existing compact platforms. If Great Wall decides to tap the Indian market, the H2 could prove to be an extremely important product.
Great Wall Haval H8
The Haval H8 is the company’s flagship SUV. Sitting above the Haval H6, the H8 will be a full sized SUV which could accommodate 7 people. The good looking SUV could be powered by a 214 bhp, 2.0-litre turbo petrol. A 3.0-litre diesel is also expected to be listed keeping export markets in mind.
2013 Great Wall C50
The C50 full sized family sedan entered the Chinese market in 2012. The car is powered by a 1.5-litre turbo petrol motor which develops 131 bhp. The sedan could face the surgical knife for the 2013 model year and the power rating of the engine could be pumped up.
Great Wall Wingle 6
The Wingle is Great Wall’s pickup series which currently includes Wingle 3 and Wingle 5 models. The upcoming Wingle 6, as the name suggests would be the biggest and the most powerful model of the Wingle family. The Wingle pickups are exported to Australia as well. The new Wingle 6 could borrow its powertrains from the Haval H8.
The first of these products are expected to be showcased at the Shanghai Motor Show in April.