And it's cheaper than the Maverick.
Pickup trucks continue to dominate American car sales, with the all-new Ford F-150 proving more popular than ever. And now China wants a piece of the pickup pie. Last year, the Chinese pickup market became the second largest in the world behind America. One of the country's best-selling pickups is the Great Wall Motors Cannon, China's equivalent to the Ford F-150, Ram 1500, and Chevrolet Silverado.
Now, Great Wall Motors has revealed a new version of the Cannon known as the King Kong. Yes, you read that right: Great Wall has named its new pickup after the iconic giant ape, presumably without the permission of Universal Studios. Has there ever been a pickup with a cooler name? We think not.
According to Australia's Drive, the King Kong Cannon crew-cab measures 211.2 inches long and 74 inches wide, with a 123.6-inch long wheelbase. That makes it a few inches narrower than a Ford Ranger and around the same length as a Ford F-150. If you need more loading space, a longer 71.6-inch bed is also available, extending the total length to 221.8 inches and the wheelbase to 134.2 inches.
But if you were hoping the King Kong would be a badass monster of a pickup, prepare to be disappointed. With a paltry payload of just 1,102 pounds, the truck's strength sadly doesn't live up to its beastly name. It also offers an approach angle between 22 and 25 degrees, and a departure angle between 24 and 25 degrees. To be fair, though, you get what you pay for in this case: the Cannon King Kong is expected to retail for around ¥100,000, which is $15,650. That's even cheaper than a Ford Maverick.
Under the hood, China's King Kong Cannon is powered by a choice of a 2.0-liter turbo gasoline or a 2.0-liter turbo-diesel engine. The former produces 187 horsepower, while the diesel engine is available with 147 hp or160 hp. No photos of the interior have been released, but the regular Cannon's nine-inch touchscreen and seven-inch instrument display will likely carry over.
The King Kong Cannon is expected to debut at the Guangzhou motor show later this month. Outside of China, an Australian launch is being considered. However, there are no plans to bring it to the US, where it would be crushed by its more established and capable competitors.