GWM’s Upmarket C50 Is a Show Stopper

GWM’s stylish new C50 is the brand’s first jaunt into the C-segment with this upmarket 4-door sedan. The design is a striking departure from the boxy bakkies and crossovers we’re seeing more and more of on our roads.

This frequency however is a good sign as it shows a boom in the brands bankability as it expands its dealer network and offers better build quality and extended warranties.

The traffic stopping C50 is a great looking car with serious sophistication both interior and exterior. GWM have recently been able to woo the talents of a former Bavarian design chief and this has led to the sleek new direction they’ve taken.

With its bold, confident facade, chrome detailing and 16-inch alloys, the C50 is a definite head turner and with its dimensions at 4650 x 1775 x 1455 (LxWxH)(mm), it’s a perfect city run about that doesn’t compromise on space for the whole family.

GWM latest luxury offering signifies the Chinese manufacturers’s maturation into a contender with at least one quality entry in every segment. That coupled with their new extended warranties for most in their field have seen more and more buyers considering whether to ditch the major players for affordable well-specced GWMs and the like.

Major Road Trop Credentials

All manufacturers are moving towards aspirated engines with smaller displacements to save fuel and in the grander scheme, the planet. The C50 proudly bares its new GW4G15T 1.5-litre turbopetrol engine as it’s ‘friends of the planet’ membership card. With 93 kW of power available at 5 600 rpm, this engine’s output is similar to what can usually be expected from a 2.0-litre powerplant and makes the C50 one of the most powerful cars in its class. The sprightly 1.5 gives the C50 some serious gees as soon as you get around 3000 rpm and one can hear the turbo zoom all the way through the rev range, giving you more than enough power on tap to confidently overtake when necessary. This feat prompted the same question from two co-testees as we put it through its paces along Windhoek’s Western Bypass.

“Wait, how big did you say the engine was again?!”

The ride quality is nice and stiff, which coupled with it’s claimed combined cycle fuel consumption figure of only 7.4 litres100 km, gives the C50 some major road trip credentials.

In the C50 T Elite you’ll enjoy rear park assist, remote audio control, cruise control, a 6-way adjustable driver’s seat, air-conditioning, dual front airbags, ABS with EBD, electric windows and mirrors, lights-on warning, radioCDMP3 player with USB and Auxiliary ports, front and rear fog lamps and 16-inch alloy wheels, plus loads more features. One must however point out that the Lux version that we tested did not have the same leather steering wheel and interior aesetisthic touches that made the Elite’s interior such a nice place to be. Not that the Lux was skimmed on in any way, only slightly bland in comparison to the the dark, accented interior of the Elite.

The C50 is entering a market segment seemingly made for the Corolla. Truth be told, there are plenty of options in this segment and this makes it hard for a newcomer, well specced luxury sedan to enter the fray, especially at such a contentious price point. Hopefully this will come down slightly once the Rand strengthens and that should help convince the consumer to embrace this exciting car.

If you’re interested in bucking the trend and standing out, why not head down to Pupkewitz GWM next to Tre Supermarket and take the C50 for a test drive, you may just be in for quite a pleasant surprise.

Pricing:

C50 Lux – N$ 245 000

Elite – N$ 262 000

Source : The Namibian