It will launch a diesel model of its existing cab-chassis and dual-cab range in July.
"The diesel version of the Grand Tiger ute has met Australian Design Rules and certification and will go on sale in July in WA," says Chinese Automotive Distributors director Rod Gailey.
"It will then be rolled out in sequence to Queensland, NSW, Victoria, Tasmania and South Australia.
"We will have 20 dealers by the end of the first quarter 2014. This calendar year we expect to sell about 600 Grand Tiger utes." Mr Gailey says about 70 per cent will be diesels and the most popular will remain the 2WD cab-chassis model that sells for $16,990 drive away.
“We expect substantial 4WD sales, especially in diesel, with a take-up rate of about 80 per cent. The bulk will be diesels, with 4WD and a dual-cab body." Mr Gailey says ZX has also offered a chance to import an SUV.
“The market for SUVs is about 30 per cent in Australia. That’s too big to ignore and we think the ZX SUV has great potential.
"We are yet to look at it closely but it’s based on the Grand Tiger ute drivetrain, so it has promise.’’
Mr Gailey says the sedan is also being looked at “but it’s early days". “We think we’d be in a position to consider it in 2015," he says.