Driven: 2020 GWM P-Series Passenger 2.0TD Double Cab
It seems that we have had a busy GWM month and given how comfortable and impressive the P-Series has been so far, we are not complaining. Last year was indeed a dreadful year for many brands but despite this GWM managed to overcome the many obstacles and launched their highly anticipated P-Series. Now more than four months later, we finally got our hands on the highly luxurious P-Series Passenger, after having just a brief encounter with it at its local launch. Many who are not too familiar with the P-Series are most likely to be blown away by its incredible price tag and stylish appearance. But like most who enjoy indulging in a bit of luxury will have to look at the highly advanced Passenger derivative. We recently spent some time with this lavish bakkie, and we are more than certain that it can give its rivals a good run for their money.
Engine and drive
Under the hood, it comes equipped with a 2.0-litre turbocharged diesel engine that produces 120Kw of power and 400 Nm of torque. At first, you may underestimate its power but trust us on the road, the P-Series is more than capable. The biggest critique must however be its turbo delay, which for such a lavish derivative feels quite disappointing. Behind the wheel are more than certain to feel confident as the P-Series just exudes dominance and presence. To make driving easier and more lavish, all Passenger models get equipped with a very smooth eight-speed automatic gearbox.
There is no doubt that the Passenger model is a looker, with its vibrant colours guaranteed to catch anyone’s attention. Its large striking chrome grille looks absolutely lavish in the day. It also comes equipped with stylish designed LED lights and 18-inch alloy wheels. GWM has made it clear that their Passenger model is aimed a more niche audience and given how good it looks, we see why. Despite everything that looks good on the outside, we have noticed that its body does feel as though it is made from cheaper materials. After all looks cannot be the only thing good about this stunning P-Series Passenger model. The Passenger model also proves to be a very capable off-roader too and comes with a ground clearance of 232mm.
Stepping inside the Passenger felt almost as lavish as stepping into a high-priced SUV. GWM has clearly pulled out all the stops, as the Passenger comes featured with a 9-inch touchscreen interface infotainment system that gets surrounded by a beautiful copper colour plastic. It comes with a 360-degree camera system as well as wireless smartphone charging. The interface infotainment system comes with all your luxury entertainment features such as Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. It is seriously among one of the best interiors ever seen on a bakkie. Its artificial leather covering seats proves to be quite comfortable and features like its multifunction steering wheel make it among one the most impressive bakkie cabins on the market.
Overall, GWM has built one of the most impressive bakkies on the market. Although it battles such titans as the Toyota Hilux, VW Amarok, Ford Ranger, and Isuzu D-Max. We can confidently say that the Chinese will have a fighting chance despite the obstacles ahead. The P-Series Passenger proves to be as lavish as it has been made out to be with the only worries being its cheap materials. Whether GWM will find success in the P-Series remains unknown, for now, all we can do is admire their impressive work.
LS 4X2 8AT R434 900
LS 4X4 8AT R479 900
LT 4X2 8AT R499 900
LT 4X4 8AT R544 900
The P Series range will come with a 5-year/100 000km warranty, as well as a 5-year/100 000km service plan.