OVERVIEW

AFFORDABLE CROSSOVER ATTITUDE

GWM's M4 compact crossover is a smash-hit sales success in global markets, and is also loved by South Africa's trendy urbanites. Sporting fresh looks and lots of features as standard, the M4 represents (very) affordable crossover attitude. Its raised ground clearance makes it a confident runner in the urban jungle or on gravel roads, and the interior's host of entertainment features makes sure that the road trip never gets boring.

 

DESIGN

Undoubtedly one of the M4's main attractions, this crossover's cheeky looks are certain to generate lots of talk and turn many heads. It is a very compact vehicle, with an overall length of less than four metres, but with an SUV-rivalling ground clearance of more than 180 mm and stylish 16-inch alloy wheels, it certainly packs lots of attitude into those compact dimensions.

Considering the M4's high-value pricing, the design detailing will come as a surprise. The squared-off front-end features a gaping lower airdam flanked by fog lamps and Daytime Running Lamps (DRL). Skid-plates in a contrasting silver hue are fitted front and rear and black cladding around the sills and wheelarches round off the SUV look. Due to the C-pillar being blacked-out the M4 gains a trendy "floating-roof" appearance that is further enhanced by the standard fitment of practical roof rails.

The M4 is offered in South Africa in a choice of four vibey colours: Titanium White, Sky Silver, Jazz Red and Fashionable Orange.

COMFORT AND ENTERTAINMENT

The style and modern design continues inside, where the M4 boasts a sporty instrument cluster with overlapping dials and an integrated digital speedometer display. The facia design features a V-shaped centre section with neatly seperated control interfaces for the audio (including a large digital screen) and ventilation systems. Vertically slanted ventilation outlets are located either side of the centre hangdown section. Neat black cloth upholstery and the use of silver trim accents on the facia and doors create an upmarket ambience.

The M4 is more compact than other small crossovers, yet it remains a practical daily driver, with good levels of head-, shoulder- and legroom all-round. The boot measures a claimed 310 litres, and a spare wheel is located under its floor. The rear seat is split 60:40 an can fold down to increase cargo space. As a direct consequence of the compact exterior dimensions and elevated ride height, visibility out of the M4 is excellent. Further boosting inner-city manoeuvrability is hydraulically assisted power steering.

As customers have come to expect from GWM, the M4 boasts a comprehensive standard features count, including air-conditioning, electric windows/mirrors and an audio system with USB and auxiliarly plug-in support as well Bluetooth capability. Driver comfort is further boosted by the fitment of a rake-adjustable steering wheel. Rear park assist helps drivers avoid those expensive parking scrapes

 

POWER AND ECONOMY

The M4 is powered by GWM's trusty 1,5-litre VVT-i engine that delivers 71,3 kW at 6 000 rpm and 138 Nm of torque to the front wheels via a slick five-speed manual transmission. The engine features variable valve timing, benefitting not only performance but also fuel economy. The M4 sips fuel at the rate of 7,2 litres/100 km (combined cycle) depending on driving style and environment, translating to a CO2 emissions figure of 172 g/km. A top speed of 170 km/h is claimed.

 

SAFETY AND SECURITY

As is the case with all GWM vehicles, the M4 has been designed to meet global safety standards and boasts a comprehensive safety package. Dual front airbags and disc brakes all-round backed by ABS with EBD are fitted. Isofix child-seat mountings are mounted at the rear and the front seatbelts are height-adjustable. The rear doors also feature child locks.

Fog lights front and rear boost visibility in poor weather conditions while security is provided by a standard immobiliser, with the further convenience of remote central locking and a car locating function.

 

MODEL LINE-UP AND PRICING

The M4 is available through GWM's extensive dealership network, currently boasting more than 60 outlets and service centres.

COMPACT

URBAN

SPORTING

 

SPECS & FEATURES

                                                GWM M4 1,5 VVT-i
 
ENGINE   
Displacement (cc) 1497
Cylinders Four, In-Line
Bore/Stroke (mm) 75/84,7
Compression Ratio 10,5:1
Power (kW @ rpm) 71,3 @ 6 000
Torque (N.m @ rpm) 138 @ 4 200
   
TRANSMISSION   
Type 5-Speed Manual
Driven Wheels Front
Ratio : 1st Gear 3,55:1
Ratio : 2nd Gear 1,91:1
Ratio : 3rd Gear 1,31:1
Ratio : 4th Gear 0,97:1
Ratio: 5th Gear 0,82:1
Final Drive Ratio 4,31:1
Reverse Gear Ratio 3,25:1
   
DIMENSIONS & WEIGHTS   
Fuel Tank (L) 45
Vehicle Weight (kg) 1 106
Boot Volume (L) 310
Utility Volume, Rear Seats Folded (L) n/a
Length (mm) 3 961
Width, Excluding Mirrors (mm) 1 728
Height (mm) 1 617
Front/Rear Track (mm) 1 459/1 445
Wheelbase (mm) 2 383
Ground Clearance (mm) 183
Turning Circle (m) 10,7
   
WHEELS & TYRES   
Tyre Size 206/60 R16
Wheel Size 16-Inch
Wheel Type Alloy
Spare Wheel Type Space Saver On Steel
Spare Wheel Location Under Boot Board
   
STEERING   
Type Rack & Pinion
Power Assistance , Hydraulic
Rake Adjustment
Reach Adjustment
Steering Wheel Trim Combination Leather
   
BRAKES   
Front Brakes 255 mm Ventilated Discs
Rear Brakes 263 mm Solid Discs
ABS/EBD
ESP
Traction Control
   
PERFORMANCE & FUEL ECONOMY   
Top Speed (km/h) 170
Fuel Consumption (EU Combined Cycle, L/100 km) 7,2
CO2 Emmissions (g/km) 172
   
SUSPENSION   
Front Suspension Type MacPherson Struts
Rear Suspension Type Torsion Beam
   
SAFETY & SECURITY   
Dual Front SRS Airbags
Side Airbags
Curtain Airbags
Knee Airbag
Front Passenger Airbag Deactivation
Safety Belt Reminder/Front Seats
Front Safety Belt Pretensioners
Front Safety Belt Height-Adjustment
ISOfix Rear Child Seat Mounts
Rear Child Locks
Park Assist Rear
Rear-View Camera
Remote Central Locking
Immobiliser
Keyless Entry & Start
Lights-On Warning
Key-In-Ignition Warning
Door Ajar Warning
Auto-Locking
   
SEATS   
Driver Seat Fore/Aft Adjustment , Manual
Driver Seat Recline , Manual
Driver Seat Height-Adjustment
Front Passenger Seat Fore/Aft Adjustment , Manual
Front Passenger Seat Recline , Manual
Front Passenger Seat Height-Adjustment
Adjustable Lumbar Support
Rear Seats Split/Fold , 60/40
Rear Seat Folding Armrest
Upholstery Cloth
   
COMFORT & CONVENIENCE   
Air-Conditioning
12V Power Outlet
Cigarette Lighter
Digital Clock
Remote Audio Controls
Rain-Sensing Wipers
Electric Side Mirrors
Folding Side Mirrors Manual
Heated Side Mirrors
Day/Night Rear-View Mirror Manual
Electric Windows Front & Rear
Heated Rear Window
Cup Holders/Front
Cup Holders/Rear
Instrumentation Brightness Adjustment
Trip Computer
   
LIGHTS   
Halogen Front Lights
Height-Adjustable Headlamps
Front Fog Lamps
Rear Fog Lamps
Indicators Integrated In Side Mirror Housings
   
IN-CAR ENTERTAINMENT   
Radio
RDS Radio
MP3 Playback
CD Playback
DVD Playback
USB Support
Aux Input
SD Card Reader
Bluetooth Integration
Speakers 6
   
EXTERIOR FEATURES   
Body-Colour Bumpers
Roof Rails
Side Mirror Housings Finish Colour Coded
Door Handles Finish Colour Coded
Privacy Glass
Mud Flaps Front

 

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