In the automotive market, GWM has introduced its latest offering, the Tank 500, positioned as a direct competitor to the Toyota Prado. This large, seven-seater SUV will be available to Australian customers starting from the second quarter of 2024. The Tank 500, notable for its hybrid technology, is priced at a competitive drive-away cost of $66,490 for the base Lux model. The price for the top-tier Ultra model remains undisclosed.
The Tank 500 stands out with its body-on-frame construction and a 2.0-litre four-cylinder hybrid engine, delivering a combined power of 255kW and torque of 648Nm. It features a nine-speed hybrid automatic transmission and a full-time four-wheel-drive system. This SUV is equipped with an All-Terrain Control System offering 11 drive modes, low-range gearing, and a rear differential lock. It boasts 224mm of ground clearance, an 800mm wading depth, and approach, breakover, and departure angles of 30, 22.5, and 24 degrees respectively.
GWM has incorporated innovative technology in the Tank 500, including a 'Clear Chassis Function' that provides under-vehicle visibility using cameras. The vehicle claims a fuel economy of 8.5L/100km and features an 80L fuel tank. It has a braked towing capacity of 3000kg and an unbraked capacity of 750kg.
The Lux model of the Tank 500 comes with a range of features including LED headlights, 18-inch alloy wheels, rear privacy glass, a sunroof, side steps, black leatherette upholstery, and an 8-way power driver’s seat with lumbar support. Additional comforts include heated front seats, a 14.6-inch touchscreen infotainment system, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, an 8-speaker sound system, and a 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster. For safety and convenience, it includes semi-automatic parking assist, a surround-view camera, and an electronic rear differential lock.
The Ultra model enhances luxury with Nappa leather upholstery, heated and ventilated front seats with massage and memory functions, a 12-speaker Infinity sound system, and a power-folding third row. Both models are equipped with comprehensive safety features like 7 airbags, adaptive cruise control, autonomous emergency braking, pedestrian and cyclist detection, lane-keeping assists, and traffic sign recognition.
The Tank 500 will be available in four color options: Onyx Silver, Crystal Black, Dune Gold, and Marble White. Lux models feature a black leatherette interior, while the Ultra offers a choice between black or a blue/cream interior, the latter being available with Marble White and Crystal Black exteriors.
Customers can expect the GWM Tank 500 to be in showrooms by April or May 2024, with the Lux model priced at $66,490 and the Ultra's price to be announced.
Ultra (pricing yet to be announced)
Introduction of hybrid technology
Enhanced off-road capabilities with All-Terrain Control System and 11 drive modes
Innovative 'Clear Chassis Function' for under-vehicle visibility
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