Chinese company Wuling unveils new Zhengtu pickup truckJanuary 27, 2021
A new pickup truck is presented in China, which is not only quite long but also very narrow. Wuling introduces Zhengtu to Chinese shoppers.
Wuling is a brand that was founded in 2002 through a partnership between the Chinese car manufacturer SAIC and the American auto giant General Motors. The brand’s program includes a series of compact commercial vehicles, among others, but in recent years there has been an increasing focus on MPVs like the Victory and cute compact electric vehicles. This time, Wuling introduces a new Zhengtu model in the segment in which it has the most experience.
Zhengtu, a double cab pickup with a total of five seats, is striking in size. Despite being 5.11 meters long, it is only 15 centimeters shorter than pickups such as Nissan Navara and Volkswagen Amarok, and its width is only 1.64 meters, which makes it as narrow as the Smart ForFour. The distance between the front and rear axles is 3.16 meters, which means that the Wuling wheelbase is 1 centimeter longer than the already mentioned Navara. The cargo platform is exactly 2 meters deep, which of course makes Zhengtu a very practical pickup truck. In addition, the platform opens not only from the back, but also from the sides.
Under the hood, Wuling Zhengtu is a naturally aspirated 1.5-liter petrol engine with 99 hp. Zhengtu’s color palette is represented by several bright hues with flashy names such as Wild Wizard, Scorching Sun Rock and Mountain Fireworks. Practical newcomer Wuling is always rear-wheel drive and uses a ladder chassis. Interior images are not yet available.
To enhance the Zhengtu experience, Wuling shows a much more modest version. It is devoid of ostentatious “tinsel”, it has almost smooth sidewalls, wheel arch extensions, stiffer bumpers, modest wheels and a minimum of decor. The pickup is built on a simple chassis of the company’s commercial models: it has a frame, rear-wheel drive and a continuous rear axle with leaf springs. There is no four-wheel drive even in the project. In all likelihood, this newcomer will have a serial version.
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