Steed Double cab Xscape ready to compete
Few year ago, Cars made in China were underestimated and mostly associated with poor quality but things changed and ow chinese manufacturers commands respect every where in South Africa. The introduction of Haval cars changed the mindset of many people in South Africa. Now with the latest Steed Double Cab Xscape range, the manufacturer upped the game. Without any double this bakkie can be compared to other bakkies from other manufacturers like ISUZU and also chinese manufactured Vigus double cab.
The Steed Xscape can be suitable for Spaza shop owners in order to use it as a family car and also bakkie to carry stock from the wholesalers.
GWM SA expects it to be the bestseller, a claim we believe after driving the car for a period of a week earlier this year.
Aimed at refining the Steed 5 version, the 5E will be offered only in double-cab format and boasts a number of enhancements. Up-front, there’s a reprofiled bumper, integrated foglamps, darkened headlamps and a number of chrome strakes. The Xscape package (there’s an SX trim level that’s R15 000 cheaper, whether you choose this 2,0-litre diesel version or the 2,4 petrol) adds side steps and a roll bar. GWM also rubberises the load bay.
A major aim in the development of the 5E was to reduce noise, vibration and harshness. The roof-mounted aerial has been swapped for one integrated into the windscreen, the wipers are a different design and should be quieter than before, and more sound-deadening material was added.
These myriad small changes have had a pronounced effect in the cabin. The 2,0-litre turbodiesel is a vocal unit, but is now far less audible inside (and transmits less vibration), while road and wind noise are decently supressed at the national limit. Some testers commented that its refinement is now a match for some of the more established (and far more expensive) bakkies.
Quality control also appears to have been tightened. Our test unit did not exhibit a rattle or squeak, and fit and finish were excellent. Steed 5Es have a more modern instrumentation pack, gloss-black finishes and leather upholstery (which is the real deal in this application).
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