GWM’s P Series

The beast from the east is coming to Zimbabwe

You may have been socialized to believe that nothing beats the Toyota Hilux. You may have been made to believe that nothing is second to the Hilux except the Ford Ranger. You may have begrudgingly accepted that Isuzu probably sells better that the Hilux and Ranger because it’s as tough as a nail and does the job with without any qualms. The three vehicles have been becoming luxurious in their own way. Now enter a truck that is more humongous than the three, is more comfortable and is way cheaper. Most of all it has some super gizmos and is has extra safety features than the traditional three. 

It simply is the value champion in the truck segment

Like it or not it will shake your allegiances. This is what this truck will do in Zimbabwe. Not without reason, of course.  You cannot run away from the fact that it is being sold by Zimoco a reputable dealership with heritage and brand equity. This will be a major selling point for the P Series.

If you are the kind of buyer who likes to fish in all the waters so as to get the best catch, then your list of alternatives has gained yet another member. One that warrants serious consideration, the GWMs P Series.

Just by looking at it, this beast ushers in a new direction for the brand. From the front, the model is edgy, contemporary – with an undisputable air of beefiness which is non-negotiable for a player in this category.

Of course, the kerbside appeal of your P-Series will depend on the specification you opt for. There are two versions: Commercial and Passenger. The former can be had in single-cab and double-cab, while the Passenger is served exclusively as a double-cab.

Then there are the model grades, with SX and DLX serving on the Commercial side, while the more generously-equipped LS and LT specifications can be found in the Passenger models. Two-wheel or four-wheel drive can be had, in either manual (six-speed) or automatic (eight-speed).

Even in the basic expression of the breed you still get cruise control and park distance control, as well as 17-inch alloys.

The safety bases are covered, with minimum specification including electronic stability control, traction control, dual front airbags and ISOFIX mountings. Higher grade versions get side and curtain airbags too.

Only a two-litre, turbocharged-diesel unit producing 120kW and 400Nm is available on all models. It might seem less in the real world but with new technology you will not feel any difference. From about 100km/h to 120km/h, the shove seems acceptable. The automatic transmission sourced from gearbox specialists ZF seems to better complement the power source, making lighter work of low speed activity.  With this pairing, the P-Series is undoubtedly more enjoyable to pilot.

Range-topping LS models are generously equipped with features such as a touchscreen infotainment system and automatic climate control.

Pick the range-topping LS grade and the enjoyment levels spring even higher, into a realm that could easily beat competition. Aside from a more assertive exterior presence, the LS also features a cabin appointed with genuinely luxurious materials and fixtures, in addition to useful driver assistance systems.

You get adaptive cruise control, traffic sign recognition and a 360-degree camera, which proved especially handy over tricky off-road obstacle courses. With 4L and the differential lock at the rear axle engaged, the P-Series, with its 232mm ground clearance, put in a good show through muddy ruts. Driver and passenger get electrically adjustable seats (heated) and a nine-inch central infotainment system dominates the fascia.

This is an impressive product overall especially considering pricing. The flagship model, for example, with every conceivable bell, whistle and flute you could want, comes in at US$47300. This is considerably less than equivalent top tier versions from other stables. You can get into the entry-level, SX double-cab (4×2, manual) for US$35500

Call Zimoco today on 0242-885329/30 for further details

 

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