GWM Boosts Value Offering With New Entry Level H5 SUV
GWM South Africa's value-for-money drive gathers further momentum with the addition of a new entry level variant of the brand's popular H5 SUV. Dubbed the H5 City and priced at an extremely aggressive R244 900, this new H5 offers a full-size SUV experience at compact-crossover pricing.
"Customers looking for a spacious, family sized SUV have increasingly been forced to compromise due to the rise of new vehicle prices during 2014," says Warren Olsen, COO of GWM South Africa. "Compact crossovers may answer the needs of some of these buyers, but we believe there is good potential for a more spacious, well-equipped offering in the same price range. The H5 City is based on proven underpinnings, boasts a more extensive standard features list than you may expect and, due to its size and interior packaging, offers unbeatable practicality at its price," Olsen explains. "The H5 City is South Africa's most affordable full-size SUV."
Boasting the same handsome and rugged looks as its pricier siblings, the H5 City features 17-inch alloy wheels, comprehensive colour coding, integrated indicators in the side mirrors and a tailgate spoiler, among other items. As is the case with all H5 derivatives, this model rides on a rugged ladder-frame chassis and offers a near-200 mm ground clearance, making it significantly more suitable to use on poor road surfaces than more road-biased vehicles generally offered at the same price.
Powering the H5 City is GWM's well-proven 2,4-litre, four-cylinder 4G69 petrol engine that delivers 100 kW at 5 200 rpm and 200 Nm of torque at 4 000. A five-speed manual transmission sends drive to the rear wheels. A fuel consumption figure of 10,3 L/100 km is claimed for this model.
Revised interior packed with features
The H5 City boasts a revised facia design that endows it with a more upmarket ambience than the vehicle's entry level positioning may lead you to expect. Piano-black plastic trim is used on the centre section and door pulls, while the use of silver accenting throughout the cabin further boosts visual appeal. A new centre console features integrated twin drinks holders. The controls for the audio and climate systems have also been modernised.
Given the H5 City's aggressive pricing, the standard features list is very comprehensive and includes; climate control, radio/CD with USB/aux support, front and rear fog lamps, rain-sensing wipers, automatic headlights, dual front airbags, ABS with EBD, Isofix rear child seat anchorages, electric windows all-round, electrically adjustable side mirrors, rake-adjustable steering wheel and remote central locking, among others.
Boasting a wheelbase of 2 700 mm that contributes to the generous rear legroom, as well as a large boot and a full-size spare-wheel (under the vehicle), the H5 City is perfectly geared for those long-distance family adventures. The rear seats can also fold/tumble to allow for the transportation of bigger items.
Like all GWM passenger vehicles, the H5 City is backed by a comprehensive five-year/100 000 km warranty and comes standard with two-year/24-hour AA roadside assistance. A five-year/60 000 km service plan is available at any of GWM's more than 65 dealerships.