A fresh report out of Australia has seemingly confirmed the peak outputs of the turbodiesel engine set to be used in the new GWM P Series Pickup (which, in some markets, looks likely to wear the “Cannon” badge).

While Great Wall Motors has already announced a turbocharged 2,0-litre petrol engine will be offered, delivering 140 kW and 360 N.m via a ZF-sourced eight-speed automatic transmission, the Chinese firm has said very little about diesel power for the bakkie.

But, according to CarsGuide, a 2,0-litre four-cylinder turbodiesel engine is about to hit the market in China, generating 120 kW and 400 N.m (local specs, of course, could vary). This oil-burner will be offered with either a six-speed manual gearbox or the aforementioned eight-speed self-shifter.

As the publication points out, these figures compare with 130 kW/450 N.m (or 420 N.m, in the case of the manual) from the Toyota Hilux’s 2,8-litre unit, 157 kW/500 N.m from the Ford Ranger’s twin-turbo 2,0-litre powerplant and 140 kW/450 N.m from the upcoming Isuzu D-Max’s 3,0-litre offering.

Running on the new P71 platform, GWM says the Chongqing-built bakkie measures 5 410 mm long, 1 934 mm wide and 1 886 mm tall, with a wheelbase of 3 230 mm.

In China, the double-cab bakkie is equipped with a damped tailgate, a retractable step and a ladder slot, while GWM further says it will offer a canopy as an option. The Chinese-spec P Series Pickup is fitted as standard with daytime running lights, LED headlamps and taillamps, and front and rear fog lights.

GWM earlier told CARmag.co.za the new bakkie range was scheduled to arrive in South Africa before the end of 2020.