The GWM P Series is one of the most highly anticipated new bakkies in the market. The new premium product represents a strong step forward for the Chinese brand as it aims to blend comfort with functionality.
With this newcomer making big claims in a hotly contested segment here in South Africa, we decided to pit it against a second bakkie that has a more established footing in our market. The Mitsubishi Triton employs a commendable 2,4-litre four-cylinder turbodiesel mill which produces 133 kW and 430 N.m of torque to the 4×4 system via an eight-speed Aisin torque converter.
With this, based on our test figures, the Japanese bakkie is able to accelerate from 0-100 km/h in 10,50 seconds.
Where the GWM P Series is concerned, it uses a smaller turbodiesel 2,0-litre four-pot mill that sends 120 kW and 400 N.m of torque to the intelligent all-wheel drive system which gives it a tested 0-100 km/h time of 11,96 seconds.
While there is quite a bit of a gap between these times, we thought a pair-up between these two bakkies would make for an interesting drag race. It’s a case of whether something new and exciting can conquer the old and trusted.