Every Chinese-built bakkie making waves in South Africa

Chinese manufacturers are making significant inroads by offering a compelling mix of affordability, modern features and performance.

Once dominated by traditional brands, the bakkie segment is now seeing competition from the likes of GWM, JAC Motors, LDV, and Peugeot, each bringing unique strengths to the table.

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GWM P-Series

The GWM P-Series, also known as the Poer in other markets (fortunately not in South Africa too), represents Great Wall Motors’ most advanced foray into the bakkie segment locally. Launched globally at the Chengdu Motor Show in 2019, the P-Series has made a significant impact in markets such as Australia, South America, and the Middle East. It reached South African shores in late 2020.

Image: GWM.

Built on the new P71 platform, the P-Series is designed to handle both passenger and commercial needs with a focus on durability and versatility. Despite being the most premium offering on sale from GWM in South Africa at the moment, the Chinese firm intends on bringing the P500 bakkie, which is larger and more tech-filled into the country over the course of the year.

P-Series fast facts

Within GWM’s stables, buyers can also choose from the single and double-cab Steed 5 line-up which starts from R305 950.


The JAC T9, known as the Shuailing T9 in China, is JAC Motors’ latest entry in the bakkie market. Introduced globally in late 2021, it has found a following in Southeast Asia and South America. The T9 arrived in South Africa in early 2023 but has only just been revealed to the local motoring media courtesy of local port delays. This bakkie is built on JAC’s new ladder-frame chassis, which enhances rigidity and off-road capability.

Image: JAC.
T9 fast facts

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The JAC T9 offers a combination of robustness and modern amenities, making it a viable choice for those in need of a reliable and capable bakkie without breaking the bank.


The LDV T60, a product of SAIC Motor’s LDV brand (formerly Leyland DAF Vans), has been a versatile and affordable option since its global launch in 2016. It has garnered success in markets such as Australia, New Zealand, and various parts of Asia. Built on a ladder-frame chassis, the T60 is designed for both commercial and personal use, promising durability and off-road capability.

Image: LDV.
T60 fast facts

The LDV T60 double cab line-up features the more powerful T60 Max Luxe as the range-topper but also a more affordable 120kW offering too. 

Peugeot Landtrek

Image: Peugeot.

Despite the Peugeot badge, the Landtrek is a bakkie developed in collaboration with Changan Automobile sharing a modern ladder-frame chassis shared with Changan’s Kaicene F70. Introduced in early 2020, the Landtrek has been gaining popularity in Latin America and Africa due to its blend of utility and Chinese-built affordability.

Landtrek fast facts

The Landtrek arrived in South Africa in early 2021 and is earmarked to go into production at a Stellantis facility in the Eastern Cape by 2026 that could further broader appeal with affordability.

Foton Tunland G7

Recently, Combined Motor Holdings Limited (CMH) Group has been announced as the exclusive distributor of Foton vehicles in South Africa. This partnership signifies a shift towards innovation and accessibility in the local automotive landscape. Slated for a launch on June 25, Foton’s diverse LCV portfolio will include models such as the Tunland, Miler, View, eTruckmate, and the eAumark, reflecting the brand’s focus on performance, safety, and sustainability.

Image: Foton.

Related: Foton Confirms Launch Date for New Bakkie in SA

 Tunland G7 fast facts

Specs on the Tunland remain unconfirmed since Foton is yet to confirm the model details and pricing for South Africa.

Taking a look at each of these premium Chinese bakkies on offer at the moment in South Africa at the moment, do you think any have what it takes to unsettle the status quo of the segment?

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