New 2024 GWM Tank 500 Hybrid SUV: Australia's Latest Rival to Toyota Prado

Jacob Brooke
November 13, 2023
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The 2024 GWM Tank 500, a hybrid SUV poised to compete with Toyota Prado, is set to enter Australian markets. This SUV from Great Wall Motors, a notable Chinese automaker, has received official approval for its Australian launch, suggesting an imminent showroom debut either later this year or early in 2024.

2024 GWM Tank 500 - Overseas model shown
Courtesy - GWM

The Tank 500, a substantial vehicle at five meters in length, will be available in a singular variant in Australia, featuring a hybrid powertrain. This includes a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder petrol engine paired with an electric motor, resulting in a combined output of 258kW. The vehicle also boasts a nine-speed automatic transmission and four-wheel drive, making it a robust contender in its segment. Notably, this hybrid setup is also employed in the smaller GWM Tank 300 Hybrid.

In terms of dimensions, the Tank 500 measures 5078mm in length, 1934mm in width, and 1905mm in height, standing on a 2850mm wheelbase and offering 237mm of ground clearance. This makes it slightly larger than the current Toyota Prado Kakadu. The vehicle's tare weight is 2630kg with a gross vehicle mass of 3395kg. It features a braked towing capacity of 3000kg, aligning with the current Toyota Prado but lower than the upcoming '250 Series' Prado's 3500kg capacity.

The GWM Tank 500 will come standard with 18-inch alloy wheels, with 19- and 20-inch options available. Interior luxuries in some markets include a 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster, a 14.6-inch touchscreen infotainment system, Nappa leather upholstery, a panoramic sunroof, and heated and ventilated front seats with massage modes. However, details about which of these features will be available in the Australian market are not specified.

Overseas model shown

In comparison to other markets where the Tank 500 is available with additional powertrain options like a 3.0-litre twin-turbo petrol V6 and a plug-in hybrid system, it remains unclear if these variants will be offered in Australia.

The arrival of the GWM Tank 500 in Australia marks a significant addition to the country's SUV market, offering a hybrid alternative in a segment dominated by traditional models. Its competitive size, power, and potential luxury features position it as a noteworthy option for consumers seeking a versatile and robust vehicle.

Jacob Brooke
Jacob Brooke, a respected voice in the world of automotive journalism, brings a wealth of knowledge and insights to his reviews at CarSauce. His keen eye for detail and passion for all things cars shine through in his in-depth analysis and honest evaluations of the latest models of cars. Join him as he guides readers through the car-buying process and explores the exciting world of motoring.

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