Greatwall’s first concept sedan was a real wowser at the Shanghai Auto Show earlier this year, however it seems that one has been shelved in favour of another, smaller sedan which is more than likely to capture the peoples attention with a smaller displacement engine.
The sedan, codenamed CH041, is expected to go into production towards the middle of 2010. Greatwall are expected to put a fair amount of engineering into the CH041 with it being a standard FWD car, but with a 1.5L engine and the choice of a 5 speed manual or CVT gearbox, and with the engine being upto Euro5 emission and being built to Euro NCAP specification, although that might be rather out of date by the time the sedan hits the production lines.
With regards to the price, we’re still not sure, it could be in the 70,000rmb price bracket where it could easily strike against the Brilliance FRV sedan. The front grill and rear end are certainly designs that are more suited to an Acura, Infiniti or other high end premium brand. The CH041 is likely to be a hit, if GWM can bring quality up, then they will no doubt sell quite a few of these.