Published on April 30th, 2012 | by Jo Borrás
China vs. the World: Great Wall Unveils Global SUV
Among certain circles in America, there is a growing fear of the Chinese. The people in line ahead of me at a Wisconsin Wal-Mart this weekend (I was in a Wisconsin Wal-Mart this weekend) said “the Chinese is gonna take over”, and a sharp cat from a well-known Chicago publishing house told me earlier this week “if the Chinese call in their chips, the US is sunk.”
None of that is true, of course. Heck, China can’t even get their s*** together to the point of taking Taiwan by force, let alone the United States.
Still, the anti-China hysterics may have a point. It’s not that America’s “debt” to China is a real worry (they’re bonds, people – nations are not casinos or loan sharks) or that China’s multi-million-man army is anything to fear. It’s China’s unrivaled manufacturing power that makes them a global “threat” to the type of person that thinks of countries as sentient beings capable of threatening one another … and, this week, that type of person has a lot to worry about.
That up there is Great Wall‘s new Haval-e hybrid SUV. It’s based on the successful Havel 5 SUV the company’s been building since 2009 … and it’s pretty sweet.
With 240 hp and more than 360 lb-ft of torque available from the Havel-e’s gas/electric drivetrain and sweet, scissor-style doors, the Great Wall SUV offers style, power, and should – thanks to the company’s cooperation with automotive giants like Siemens and Ricardo – be pretty reliable. The company even claims 80 km (about 35 miles) of EV-only range, to boot!
Time will tell if the Haval-e becomes the first Great Wall model to cross Chinese borders, but that’s what the chatter is.
Good on ’em.
Source | Photos: TechVehi.