JOHANNESBURG, South Africa - GWM South Africa has added a 1.5-litre turbo petrol version of the H6 SUV to its local line-up and has also announced longer warranties and an extended service plan for both derivatives. The automaker says its new GW4G15B unit delivers the performance of a larger, naturally aspirated engine, but without the accompanying fuel consumption penalty. Priced at R309 999, the new H6 makes 105kW at 5600rpm and 210Nm from 2200 to 4500rpm. Power goes to the front wheels via a six-speed manual transmission with a claimed combined fuel consumption of 8.5 litres/100km.COMPETITIVE PRICEGWM SA COO Warren Olsen said: “Given the local popularity of compact SUVs at around the R300 000 mark, the arrival of the H6 1.5T is of big importance to GWM South Africa.“It competes in a fiercely competitive segment, but boasts a number of features that are not generally offered by its same-price rivals. We are confident that its combination of spaciousness, premium features and economy will appeal widely.”GWM says the H6 provides a distinctive and upmarket new alternative in the fiercely contested compact SUV/crossover segment. The 1.5T shares the flagship two-litre TCI’s premium trim, which includes 17”alloys, body colour-coding with chrome detailing, roof rails, day light running lights, privacy glass and keyless start. STANDARD GOODIESThe H6 measures 4.64m in length and rides on a 2 680mm wheelbase. The automaker says: “With a ground clearance of 180mm when fully laden, the H6 can also confidently traverse rougher roads and those ‘middelmannetjies’ so typical of South African adventures.”Brand manager Hannes Oosthuizen said: “Closer inspection of the H6’s measurements reveals that it actually fits into a segment between so-called compact crossovers, as typified by the Hyundai ix35, Kia Sportage and others, and larger offerings such as the Hyundai Santa Fe and Kia Sorento.” The driver’s seat features manual height adjustment while the rear seat has a reclining backrest. The rear seats are split 60:40 and can tumble forward. The boot features a handy removable secondary shelf to help organise luggage. Other standard features include climate control, power steering, cruise control, electric windows all-round, electric mirror adjustment, rain-sensing wipers and automatic headlights with manual levelling, among others. South African vehicles feature dual front SRS airbags, disc brakes all-round, anti-lock brake system with electronic brake-pressure distribution and brake assist. Other standard items include IsoFix child seat mounts, tyre pressure monitors and rear park sensors with camera view.PRICESH6 2.0 TCI 4x2 - R369 999H6 1.5T 4x2 - R309 999GWM SA says prices might change, however, both H6 models are backed by its comprehensive five-year or 100 000km warranty and come with a five-years or 60 000 km service plan as well as two-years AA roadside assistance.