The ChineseGreat Wall Wingle has entered the worldwide market in 2006. The vehicle was also known as the Steed in Europe and the V-Series in Australia.
The Steed was available in both single and double cab configurations and offered a good mix between comfort, price and practicality.
The exterior design looked like a combination between Isuzu’s D Series and the Volkswagen Magellan Concept.
The vehicle is available with two engines which come with 2.4 and 2.8 liter displacements and are mated on a five speed manual transmission. The Steed 3 can be ordered with either 2WD or 4WD configurations.
Overall, the Steed 3 looks pretty interesting, mostly due to its interesting front end design copied after the Volkswagen Magellan concept presented in 2002.
The grill gels seamlessly with the hood and spoiler, offering an image of solidity. It is also split in two sections by a body colored registration plate holder.
The large air vents feature integrated fog lamps which further enhance the futuristic style of the front fascia.
The rounded headlights however look a bit out of place, making the vehicle look like a toy and minimizing the aggressivity of the overall style. Luckily, the flared wheel arches recover the lost terrain and enhance the rugged look of the truck. They also provide good clearance for the 16 inch tyres.
The Great Wall Steed 3 sits on a 3050 mm wheel base which is pretty big making it fairly practical and spacious inside. Chrome trimmings on the bonnet and side mirrors are other attractive jewelries found at the exterior.
The double cab’s load bed measures 1380 mm× 1460mm × 480mm which is at par with what you’d usually find in this segment.
The cabin is fairly spacious and up front you’ll find two bucket seats which offer adequate leg and head room. The seats however are more on the basic side of things and offer only limited support. Though, finding a comfortable driving position won’t give you any headaches.
Theoretically, the rear seats can transport three adults, but only two can travel comfortable. Luckily, the seats offer proper leg and knee room.
The all around visibility is also very good and you can rely with confidence on the gargantuan door mirrors, as well.
The plastics aren’t something to rave about, but they seem pretty durable. The build quality however left much to be desired.
The instrument panel is fitted with three easy to read gauges and other small indicators which keep you posted on various vehicle stats.
The dashboard features a basic design and the center stack is fitted with various controls for the AC, headlight adjustments, power windows and the two-speaker CD player/FM radio, all of them being placed within easy reach.
Between the front seats there is a generous holdall compartment where you’ll find an armrest and some cubbies. Other storage places include cup holders, a cavernous glove compartment and door pockets.
Engines and performance
The Great Wall Steed 3 is equipped with a 2.8 liter common-rail electrical direct injection engine.
The engine delivers a maximum torque of 225 Nm available between 1800 – 2000 rpm, while maximum power is rated at 70 kW @ 3600 rpm. The engine isn’t the strongest you’ll find around, nor the most refined. Though, it offers reasonable performances if you’ll use it for utilitarian purposes. Maximum speed is rated at a merely 130 kmph.
There is also a 2.4 liter four stroke, inline, multipoint injection petrol unit which is more refined and less noisy than the diesel. The petrol feels slightly more agile on the open road and delivers a maximum speed of 140 kmph. Power is rated at 100 kW @ 5250 rpm with a peak torque of 200 Nm @ 2500 – 3000 rpm.
Both units are mated on a pretty responsive five speed manual gearbox which isn’t something to rave about, but it will do its job without oppressing you.
Great wall Steed 3 Engines Specifications
|2.4||100 @ 5250||200 @ 2500 - 3000|
|2.8||70 @ 3600||225 @ 1800 - 2000|
Ride and handling
The truck stays on a pretty forgivable suspension which knows how to keep its passengers comfortable even when it needs to deal with big potholes.
The Steed 3 won’t disappoint when it rides on windy roads either, as the body roll is well kept in check for a pickup and the wheels get a proper grip, as well. Though, don’t get too enthusiastic, as the lack of important safety technologies like ABS or airbags (for the basic versions) should make you more prudent than usual. To keep you safe, you should order the super luxury package as it comes with both ABS and dual airbags.
It’s clear that the Steed 3 wasn’t build for heavy off road conditions, but despite its serene character it deals reasonable with unpaved roads and its 4x4 system has the power to get you out of trouble on muddy or slippery terrains.
Despite its doubtful origins, the Great Wall Steed 3 has a few aces hidden in its sleeves. The interior may not be as upscale as some of its rivals, but it’s fitted with anything you need to drive decently. The seats are big and supportive and the overall ergonomy is pretty good too. The plastics and build quality however, need some improvements.
The engines are reasonable, being a good match for the needs of a utility vehicle. The ride quality was also pretty good and the overall road manners were better than expected. The low price is also another competitive advantage, but the lack of safety systems and the poor overall refinement are two big problems that are hard to be ignored.