Johannesburg Motor Show GWM set to stun at JIMS 2013

With two imminent sedans, a compact crossover and more new products on the way in the next 6-10 months, GWM’s model line-up is about to expand significantly, particularly into segments where the brand has not had a major presence before. South Africans will soon be able to view this rapidly evolving brand’s products at the Johannesburg International Motor Show, taking place place at Nasrec from October 18-27.

As befits its growing presence in the South African market, GWM will occupy a large stand in Hall 7 of the Johannesburg Expo Centre and display no fewer than 13 models, including its current range of Steed single- and double-cabs, the recently refreshed H5 and the brand new C20R crossover hatchback.

In addition to these, the media and public will also be exposed to several new models destined for the South African market in the coming months, including the C30 and C50 sedans, M4 crossover and H6 SUV. Showgoers can also expect to see at least one big surprise…

GWM M4

An imminent introduction into the South African market is the brand’s smash-hit M4 compact crossover. This urban warrior is targeted at the young and trendy at heart and boasts an individualistic design, high ground clearance (180 mm+), 16-inch alloy wheels and comprehensive standard specification that includes such items as air-conditioning, electric windows and mirrors, power steering, rear park sensors, radio/CD/MP3 player with USB and auxiliary support, as well as Bluetooth.

Safety equipment offered as standard are dual front airbags, disc brakes all-round supported with ABS with EBD and rear-mounted Isofix child seat anchorages.

The M4 is powered by GWM’s proven 1,5-litre, four-cylinder petrol engine with intelligent variable valve timing. It delivers 77 kW at 6 000 rpm and 138 Nm at 4 200 rpm.

With strong volume growth predicted for the local compact crossover segment, GWM is confident that the M4 will be as successful in South Africa as it has been in its home market.

GWM C50

GWM’s most sophisticated and upmarket passenger car offering yet, the C50 C-segment sedan, arrives in South Africa soon.

With its long wheelbase (2 700 mm), the C50 doesn’t only boast a dynamic stance and sleek looks, but also passenger space that rivals that on offer from the segment leaders. Even with a tall adult behind the steering wheel, the C50 still offers stretch-out rear legroom and a capacious boot.

From behind the rake- and reach-adjustable steering wheel the upmarket ambience is immediately noticeable in the quality of the materials, the detailing of the instrumentation and the harmonisation of the controls.

Two trim levels are destined for South Africa, both offering a standard specification level aimed at cosetting the occupants, including air-conditioning, power steering, electric windows and mirrors and comprehensive info-tainment systems. The flagship model will also feature items such as cruise control and rear park sensors.

The C50 will introduce GWM’s powerful yet economical new GW4G15T 1,5-litre turbocharged engine into the local market. This sophisticated powerplant delivers 98 kW at 5 600 rpm and 188 Nm of torque from 2 000 – 4 500 rpm.

GWM C30

This compact B-segment sedan is aimed at young families who need maximum passenger and luggage space and a good balance of power and economy at an affordable price. Don’t be misled by the word “compact”, however… the C30 rides on a stretched (2 610 mm) wheelbase that endows it with one of the most spacious cabins in its segment, as well as one of the largest boots (510 L).

The attractively styled C30 features chiselled, Germanic lines, 15-inch alloy wheels and front and rear fog lamps. Inside the cabin, the emphasis has been on creating stretch-out space and providing all the modern convenience items desired by its target market, including air-conditioning, power steering, electric windows all-round, electric mirror adjustment, radio/CD/MP3 player with USB and auxiliary support and a rake-adjustable steering wheel. Safety is also well catered for with the inclusion of dual front airbags and disc brakes all-round backed by ABS with EBD. Isofix child-seat mountings are fitted at the rear.

The C30 is also powered by GWM’s 1,5-litre VVT-I engine that delivers 77 kW and 138 Nm of torque. It delivers a combined cycle fuel consumption figure of 6,5 L/100 km and powers the car to a 170 km/h top speed.

  • Please note that specifications are subject to change without prior notice.
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