In Europe, Great Wall is one of the most well-known and appreciated Chinese manufacturer, but in its homeland this brand really is huge. Around here they are mostly known for their SUVs of the Hover range and the Steed pick-up trucks, thereby it is fair to assume that some of the vehicles on display at the 2012 Beijing Motor Show will sooner or later land on our shores as well. The Great Wall stand in Beijing is one of the most crowded ones and we are not talking about people only: the carmker has brought a strong line-up including the Haval H5, Haval H7, Haval M2, Haval E, Voleex C20 EV and Voleex C50.
The Haval E is a hybrid concept car that anticipates the future design theme of the manufacturer. It develops 245 hp and can switch from front- to four wheel drive configurations. The model is built with light materials, uses its solar panels on the roof to feed clima and instrumentation and is equipped with a KERS. The Voleex C20 EV is an electric crossover that measures 4,058 mm in length, 1,727 in width,1,604 in height and is equipped with an electric motor delivering 76 hp and 150 Nm of torque: it reaches 130 km/h (80 mph) of top speed and has a range of 160 km (100 miles).
The Haval 5 is a MPV measuring 4,649 mm in length, 1,810 mm in width and 1,745 mm in height, although its all-wheel drive versions are 10 mm lower. Its engine range include a 2.4-litre petrol engine delivering 136 hp and 200 Nm of peak torque and a 2.5-litre diesel with an output of 109 hp and 300 Nm. The Beijing event also saw the world premiere of the new SUV H7, the AWD production version of the SC60 concept we had seen in 2010. Weighing in at 2,200 kg and measuring 4.8 meters in length, 1.93 in width and 1.78 in height, it ranks as the largest Great Wall car ever. It is powered by a turbocharged 2.0-litre 4-cylinder unit producing 217 hp that is mated to a 6-speed automatic gearbox. The model goes from 0 to 100 km/h in 10.6 secs and reaches 180 km/h of top speed.
View the full Great Wall @ the 2012 Beijing Motor Show photo gallery