At the Auto Expo 2020, Great Wall Motors from China showcased 4 SUVs, 2 electric cars and 2 SUV concepts. The floor was full of cars from various price segments.
Great Wall Motors Pavilion Walkaround at Auto Expo 2020
The F5 compact SUV is similar in size to the Kia Seltos and Hyundai Creta. It has a 1.5-litre turbo petrol engine, which makes 168PS of power and 285Nm (1400 - 3000rpm) of torque. It could come with a 7-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission.
The F7 is a size larger than the F5 and competes with mid-size SUVs like Tata Harrier and Mahindra XUV500. It has the options of 1.5 and 2.0-litre turbo petrol engine options. The 1.5-litre engine makes 168PS of power and 285Nm of torque. GWM claims that it can deliver 14.7kmpl of fuel efficiency. The bigger engine is available with a 2-wheel drive and 4-wheel drive options. It has 224PS of power and 385Nm (1800 - 3600rpm) of torque. It can deliver 13.7kmpl of fuel efficiency. Both the engines had a 7-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission option.
The F7X is the stylish sibling of the F7 and has a coupe roofline. It is similar in size to the Jeep Compass and has 1.5-litre turbo petrol with 168PS of power and 285Nm of torque. It too had a 7-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission. It’s rated to deliver a fuel efficiency of 15.15kmpl.
The H9 is a full-size ladder-frame SUV that rivals the upcoming MG Gloster along with the Ford Endeavour and Toyota Fortuner. It has a 2.0-litre turbo petrol engine, which makes 218PS of power and 324Nm of torque (2000 - 4000rpm). It’s available with 4-wheel drive and an 8-speed ZF torque converter automatic transmission, which is also used in luxury cars like BMW.
The IQ coupe crossover is an electric car similar in size to a compact sedan like the Honda City or Maruti Ciaz. It has a range of 400km from an electric motor that makes 163PS of power and 280Nm of torque.
The R1 is a compact electric car for the city. It’s similar in size to a Maruti Alto K10 and can deliver a range of 300 - 350km on a single charge.
It’s currently unknown if and when any of these SUVs or electric cars will go on sale.
The Concept H plug-in hybrid SUV is expected to go on sale in India in the next 2 years or so. Powertrain options for this car are still unknown but it has a full-colour LCD instrument cluster, standing touchscreen infotainment system, a touchscreen on the centre console for gear selection/AC and a touchscreen on the doors for power windows, locking etc.
The Vision 2025 Concept from Great Wall Motors is a futuristic electric SUV concept, which is expected to come to fruition in 2025. Duh! By then, it’d have become plenty clear if electric SUVs are the real deal or just a passing fad.