The new GWM P-Series bakkie has finally arrived in South Africa, with the local range kicking off at R339 900 and running through to R544 900.
All variants feature the Chinese brand’s 2,0-litre, four-cylinder turbodiesel engine, which delivers peak outputs of 120 kW and 400 N.m. While GWM earlier indicated the range would feature 16 derivatives, there appear to be only 12 at launch.
So, from what we understand, the fresh-faced line-up includes four single-cab commercial variants, covering two specification levels (SX and DLX) and offered in either 4x2 or 4x4 guise, with a six-speed manual gearbox the only available transmission.
There are also four commercial-spec double-cab derivatives, available in 4x2 or 4x4 form with either a six-speed manual or an eight-speed ZF automatic transmission. Specification levels are likewise limited to SX and DLX.
The line-up is topped by four passenger-spec double-cab derivatives, again with the choice of 4x2 or 4x4 configurations as well as two trim levels (this time LS and LT). Each of the four, however, ships standard with ZF's eight-speed automatic cog-swapper.
As we pointed out in an earlier story, the passenger-spec double-cab derivatives feature distinctly different exterior design cues to those of the commercial versions, gaining a model-specific grille, front bumper, headlamps and wheels.
As a reminder, the P-Series was revealed in Shanghai back in April 2019, with the company saying it would “compete head-on” with the segment's big-sellers, such as the Toyota Hilux and Ford Ranger. While the bakkie is badged as the “Poer” in most international markets, it retains the “P-Series” moniker here in South Africa (with GWM SA noting “Poer” might not be the best option in a country blessed with a “keenly sharp sense of humour”).
GWM has yet to release detailed specifications (nor provide a proper look at the SA-spec cabin) but we’ll bring you those as soon as they’re available. In the meantime, check out pricing below...
GWM P-Series SC 2,0TD Commercial SX 4x2 6MT: R339 900
GWM P-Series SC 2,0TD Commercial SX 4x4 6MT: R384 900
GWM P-Series SC 2,0TD Commercial DLX 4x2 6MT: R359 900
GWM P-Series SC 2,0TD Commercial DLX 4x4 6MT: R404 900
GWM P-Series DC 2,0TD Commercial SX 4x2 6MT: R369 900
GWM P-Series DC 2,0TD Commercial SX 4x4 8AT: R449 900
GWM P-Series DC 2,0TD Commercial DLX 4x2 6MT: R389 900
GWM P-Series DC 2,0TD Commercial DLX 4x4 8AT: R469 900
GWM P-Series DC 2,0TD Passenger LS 4x2 8AT: R434 900
GWM P-Series DC 2,0TD Passenger LS 4x4 8AT: R479 900
GWM P-Series DC 2,0TD Passenger LT 4x2 8AT: R499 900
GWM P-Series DC 2,0TD Passenger LT 4x4 8AT: R544 900