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Steed workhorse ready to roam

2011-08-04 08:55

STEED SC: Alloy wheels. Loads of kit. Proper intrusion bars. This is a market relevant bakkie. Image gallery

Vehicle Specs
Manufacturer GWM
Model STEED 5 2.5 TCI
Engine 2.4l petrol, 2.5l turbodiesel
Power 100kW @ 5 200-, 80kW @ 3 400rpm
Torque 200Nm @ 4 000-, 300Nm @ 1 800rpm
Transmission Five-speed manual
Fuel Tank 70-litres
ABS Yes, with EBD
Airbags Dual front
Tyres 235/70R16
Warranty 3 year/100 000KM
GWM has expanded its Steed 5 bakkie range with the introduction of single-cab derivatives.

The impressive Steed 5, which Wheels24’s tested in double-cab 4x4 format,range has gained four single-cab powered by either a 2.4 petrol or 2.5 turbodiesel engine and in rear or all-wheel drive configuration.

GOOD VALUE - NOT 'CHEAP'

All four cost less than the critical R200 000 threshold and have comprehensive equipment specs.

Cabin comfort, especially in a warm climate such as South Africa, is ensured courtesy of aircon and comfort features such as power windows and external mirrors, power-assisted steering and satellite controls for the CD/MP3 enabled sound system.

The Steed 5 cabin is essentially a copy-moulded Isuzu KB set-up with a Hilux steering-wheel and, all things considered, those are two rather good bakkie to imitate...

In terms of safety, the Steed 5 single cabs have anti-lock brakes (with electronic pressure distribution) and two front airbags.

Mechanically, the 2.5 TCI diesel powers to 80kW/300Nm; the 2.4 petrol’s good for 100kW/200Nm. The 4x4 models have a push-button actuated transfer case enabling low-range gearing for testing off-road conditions where peak-torque crawling ability is crucial.

AND THE PRICES...

Featuring a double-insulated load box (rated to carry 1125kg in rear-wheel drive, 1165kg in 4x4 trim), 198mm of ground clearance, utility spec tyres (235/70R16) and much neater styling than its Steed 3 siblings, these new Steed 5 bakkies offer notable value.

Price entry point to the range is R149 990 (2.4 petrol), R169 990 gets you the 2.5 TCI diesel. The equivalent 4x4 models retail for R175 990 and R189 990.

Makes even an entry-level Japanese single-cab, compared feature-for-feature, seem rather overpriced, now doesn’t it?
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