GWM Tank 500 confirmed for Australia

GWM may well be about to change the large SUV landscape following confirmation its body-on-frame 4WD 7-seat Tank 500 is headed down under. It offers hybrid performance, off-road capability and state-of-the-art technology.

With advanced safety features and a variety of convenience features such as auto reverse assist, it delivers an unmatched driving experience. To be priced from $66,490 drive away, it will offered in two trim levels; Lux and Ultra.

Deliveries are expected to commence early in Q2 for the LUX version of the luxury SUV, which offers faux leather throughout, with Nappa-appointed seating on the Ultra grade. An 8-way power adjustable driver’s seat with lumbar support is standard.

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Heated, ventilated and massaging front seats with memory and welcome function feature on Ultra, as does heated and ventilated second row outer seats and an electric folding third row.

An advanced multimedia system includes a 14.6-inch touchscreen display with wireless Apple CarPlay and wired Android Auto, while a 12-speaker premium Infinity audio system can be found in the range topper.

Three-zone climate control will reach all passengers, with front and rear parking sensors and a 360-degree surround view monitor joined by auto parking and auto reverse assistance.

Under the hood is a 2.0-litre turbo engine and hybrid powertrain with a combined output of 255kW and 648Nm. A 9-speed automatic transmission is paired with full-time 4WD, with the GWM Tank 500 providing 3,000kg of braked towing capacity.

Fuel economy stands at 8.5-litres/100km, backed by an 80-litre fuel tank. The 4WD platform offers 2H, AWD, 4H and 4L modes, with an all-terrain control system featuring 11 driving modes. A rear differential lock is standard, as is undercarriage protection.

A high ground clearance of 224mm (unloaded) should make off road adventures simpler, while its 30-degree approach, 22.5-degree breakover and 24-degree departure angles will add to its capabilities. It has a water wading depth of 800mm.

In the case of the Lux, you’ll find LED headlights with DRL and auto function, 18-inch alloys, rear privacy glass, body coloured exterior door handles, a sunroof and side steps. A 4-way manual front passenger seat and heated front seats also feature.

An 8-speaker audio system and 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster round out a package that’s protected by rear cross traffic alert and rear cross traffic braking in a long list of safety technology.

It’s available in Onyx Silver, Crystal Black, Marble White and Dune Gold. Final specs and pricing for the Ultra variant are yet to be announced. For more information, contact your local GWM dealership. If you’re keen on one and need finance, talk to CreditOne.

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