It's Official: GWM Cannon Alpha Launching Mid-Year with Diesel and Hybrid Options

Matt Brand
April 5, 2024
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Great Wall Motors (GWM) has announced the upcoming Australian release of its All-New GWM Cannon Alpha, expected around mid-year. This latest model will expand GWM's local product portfolio, offering both hybrid and diesel powertrains.

The Cannon Alpha aims to be among the first Utes in Australia to provide a full hybrid powertrain option, contributing to GWM’s strategy towards New Energy Vehicles (NEVs). It will join five other NEV models currently offered by the brand.

The Cannon Alpha is equipped with two powertrain options: a 2.0 litre turbo petrol hybrid engine producing 255kW and 648Nm of torque, and a 2.4 litre turbo diesel engine capable of 135kW and 480Nm of torque.

Both engines are paired with a GWM-developed 9-speed automatic transmission, supporting a maximum braked towing capacity of 3500kg.

Designed with off-road capabilities in mind, the Cannon Alpha includes a new intelligent All-Terrain system with three driving modes and locking front and rear differentials.

This system, along with a Borg Warner 4x4 transfer case, aims to enhance the vehicle’s performance in off-road conditions.

Additionally, the model features a 60/40 split rear tailgate for variable cargo access.

The vehicle's dimensions indicate a larger build compared to its predecessor and other dual cab competitors, aiming for a more spacious interior. The Cannon Alpha measures 5445mm in length, 1991mm in width, and 1924mm in height, with a 3350mm wheelbase.

Inside, the cabin offers a 14.6-inch infotainment touchscreen, a 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster, and other features such as wireless phone charging and optional heated, ventilated, and massaging front seats in Nappa leather, depending on the model grade.

GWM has not yet released pricing or a comprehensive list of features for the Cannon Alpha, stating that these details will be made available closer to the vehicle's launch date.

The introduction of the Cannon Alpha is part of GWM's effort to expand its presence in the Australian market by offering a vehicle that combines hybrid and diesel powertrain options.

What we know so far about the GWM Cannon Alpha:

  • Powertrain Options:
    • 2.0 litre turbo petrol hybrid engine with 255kW and 648Nm of torque
    • 2.4 litre turbo diesel engine with 135kW and 480Nm of torque
  • Transmission:
    • 9-speed automatic transmission developed by GWM
  • Towing Capacity:
    • Maximum braked towing capacity of 3500kg
  • Off-road Features:
    • Intelligent All-Terrain system with three driving modes
    • Locking front and rear differentials
    • Borg Warner 4x4 transfer case
  • Cargo Access:
    • Smart 60/40 split rear tailgate with dual opening methods
  • Dimensions:
    • Length: 5445mm
    • Width: 1991mm
    • Height: 1924mm
    • Wheelbase: 3350mm
  • Interior Features:
    • 14.6-inch infotainment touchscreen
    • 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster
    • 10-speaker Infinity premium audio system
    • Wireless phone charging
    • Optional heated, ventilated, and massaging front seats in Nappa leather (model dependent)
Matt Brand
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