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Can China take down the Ford Ranger Raptor? Hardcore Great Wall Baja Snake gets lift kit, Fox shocks and off-road rubber

More Great Wall Baja Snake imagery has been revealed

China's answer to the Ford Ranger Raptor or Nissan Navara Warrior continues to take shape, with fresh imagery of the Great Wall Baja Snake appearing.

The hardcore dual-cab ute - reportedly deisgned with the help of US-based performance vehicle specialists Shelby - was revealed in full at the Shanghai Auto Show over night, and there's good news and bad news.

Let's start with the good, shall we? For one, the standard suspension has been swapped out for nitrogen Fox Racing shocks, and the ride height has been lifted by two inches, too.

There's also Toyo off-road rubber, a new snorkel, a tough new look, racing stripes and more decals than you can wave a snake at.

The bad news? Little appears to have been done under the bonnet, where power still arrives courtesy of the brand's 2.0-litre petrol engine, producing some 140kW. Whether it is also offered with the 2.0-litre diesel engine - good for 120kW - that we receive in Australia is yet to be seen.

Expect to see Great Wall in Australia's hand waving in the air for the new ute, as it would give the brand a serious rival to cars like the Ranger Raptor and incoming GR HiLux.

"We’re not in a position to comment on future product other than to say that we continue to work with our Head Office colleagues to explore options for widening the GWM range here in Australia," says GWM spokesperson Steve Maciver.