The Great Wall Cannon could get a new little brother, with the brand yet to rule out introducing the Wingle 7 as an updated steed as part of a two-prong attack on Australia's dual-cab market, giving the Chinese brand a point of difference against models like the Ford Ranger and Toyota HiLux.
CarsGuide understands the brand is yet to rule out offering two utes at the same time, either launching the new Wingle 7 or persevering with the current Steed to give Great Wall utes of different sizes in Australia.
The Wingle 7 measures 5395mm in length, 1800mm in width and 1760 in height, and its tray measures 1680mm by 1460mm. That makes it smaller than the Cannon, which measures 5410mm in length, 1934mm in width and 1886mm in height, and with a square tray that's 1520mm by 1520mm.
Overseas, the Wingle 7 gets a 2.0-litre diesel that delivers 105kW and 315Nm, and sips 7.6 litres per 100km. A BorgWarner part-time 4WD system joins the kit list, too, along with Bosch 9th generation ESP, cruise control, hill-start assist, a reversing camera, parking sensors and a tyre-pressure monitoring system.
The Cannon, on the other hand, will arrive with a 2.0-litre, four-cylinder diesel that produces 120kW and 400Nm (though the outputs might be higher by the time the ute arrives in Australia), sending that power through a choice of an eight-speed automatic or six-speed manual.
We expect to see the Cannon in Australia by the end of 2020. Whether Great Wall then decides to introduce the Wingle 7, or stick with the current-generation Steed remains to be seen, but CarsGuide understands neither option is ruled out for our market.