2022 GWM Tank 300 - Chinese brand’s answer to the Jeep Wrangler | Car in China

Starting price:  $48.990 AUD

Great Wall Motors (GWM) is aiming big in Australia. And not just for sales, but also for its cars. GWM said that if the business situation is sorted, this 5-seater off-road SUV called Tank 300 could land before the end of 2022.

The GWM Tank 300 is a burly, blocky 4x4 off-road vehicle with possibly Wrangler and crushed rock credentials - and this is a huge opportunity to be sold in Australia. China's largest car and SUV manufacturer, Great Wall Motors (now known simply as GWM), shipped the Tank 300 for the domestic market to Australia to assess customer feedback. potential customers - supposedly active - and allow the media to quickly report. a short off-road course. Our feedback?

★★★Low price, great features★★★

As we reported last week, GWM Australia is developing a business case for offering the GWM Tank 300 Down Under, and high hopes are high that the 4×4 off-road model will definitely be in dealerships. next year.

There's no clear word on pricing at this stage, but the Tank 300 is sure to drop the price of its most obvious rival, the Jeep Wrangler, starting at $52,750 plus on-road costs as a two-door , or $61,750 plus ORCs as a four-door.

GWM Australia has made it clear that the Tank will sit on the new Haval H6 mid-size SUV range, as well as the H6-based Haval Big Dog model also being considered for our market, thus placing the large off-road vehicle over-equipped 300 at around $45,000 to $50,000 as a starting point.

The left-hand drive review car is equipped with premium features, including quality power leather seats, a sunroof, large cordless phone sockets, USB-A and C ports and a central touchscreen. Large center combined with a digital instrument cluster.

There's a distinctly Mercedes-Benz G-Class vibe inside, thanks to the familiar circular air vents and various solid design cues including large front and rear grips.

After poking and poking, flipping all the storage compartments, pressing buttons and turning the vents, the Tank 300 doesn't feel like a cheaper knockoff car - even if it looks like it does from the driver's seat ( and of course from the outside).

Although about 120mm shorter than the Jeep Wrangler by about 4880mm, the interior space is spacious and the visibility from behind the wheel is impressive thanks to the increased ground clearance of 224mm. However, that does mean it's a bit lower than the Wrangler's 232mm ground clearance.

Measuring 4760mm long, 1930mm wide and 1903mm tall, the 2021 Tank 300 has a wheelbase of 2750mm, which is also shorter than the Wrangler's 3008mm wheelbase.

It has a side-opening tailgate with ample trunk space and an 80-litre fuel tank.

As with other GWM and Haval models sold in Australia, a seven-year/unlimited-kilometer factory warranty will be offered along with roadside assistance.

★★★Anything but agriculture★★★

Adaptive cruise control, lane keep assist, front and rear parking sensors, LED headlights, a 360-degree parking camera and tire pressure monitoring are all on the GWM Tank 300 2021.

The 360-degree surround parking camera doubles as a live terrain video feed, making it a lot easier to put your car and wheels where you want them to be, and is especially useful when climbing up misty hills.

Off-road data and telemetry are also plentiful, although the driver's attention will naturally be trained on the road ahead in difficult situations. At least the passengers will appreciate it.

Australian versions will likely be fitted with every conceivable option as standard and supplemented with a full range of airbags, including side curtain airbags that protect the head.

Other safety systems available overseas include automatic emergency braking (AEB), traffic sign recognition, traffic jam assist and more.

★★★Petroleum, diesel a chance★★★

At this stage, the GWM Tank 300 will be offered at launch with the 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder petrol engine we tested here.

It generates 167kW at 5500rpm and 387Nm from 1800-3600rpm, and can accelerate the 2.1-ton SUV from 0-100km/h in around 9.5 seconds. Official economic figures are hard to come by, but we've seen an estimated 9.3L/100km consumption in China.

The tank 300 has a towing capacity of 3000kg that can be lifted to 3500kg if supplied with a diesel engine, which GWM Australia has confirmed as a potential option for our market.

It is understood that the GWM Ute's 2.0-litre turbo-diesel engine (120kW/400Nm) is unlikely to power the Tank 300, with the higher-power 2.4-litre oil burner (135kW/480Nm) more likely.

The petrol engine is pumped through an eight-speed ZF automatic transmission and part-time four-wheel drive.

We only steered the car at slow speeds mostly for 4H over road obstacles, but the engine got the job done carrying the massive Tank along muddy trails.

The 300 tank is based on a stripped down version of the steel ladder chassis used in the GWM Ute and Haval H9, and uses the same dual-range 4×4 system from Borg Warner, complete with 2H modes, 4H and 4L.

It features differential locking front and rear, toggled via push buttons located next to the futuristic gear lever, plus downhill and hill hold controls.

A drive mode selector dial with five settings is also part of the package.

★★★Terrain Tester★★★

Using a double wishbone front suspension and a multi-link independent rear suspension, the GWM Tank 300 2021 provides good mobility and wheel alignment.

It easily explains some of the obstacles on our prepared terrain, and it never occurred to me: “I cooked this.”

Supported by a ground clearance of 224mm, approach and departure angles of 33 and 34 degrees respectively, you can be quite confident when entering and exiting some rather difficult terrain.

The Tank 300 feels predictable on many surfaces, including mud, and when one wheel loses contact with the ground, it should have no trouble working with few points of contact to disengage on its own.

A big part of this is due to the Cooper Discovery ATT tires (265/65R17), which have a deeper tread and are therefore more suitable for off-road terrain than the road tires found on most SUVs today. now on.

The Tank 300 won't put the Jeep Wrangler to shame, but it's certainly an off-road capable 4×4 and more than just a soft road car with a rough body.

★★★Brand Tank Shoot★★★

The GWM Tank 300 isn't going to win any awards for its original design, inside and out, but the blocky look can still have wide appeal and as a 4 all-terrain vehicle. × 4, this model has a commendable score.

Indeed, initial impressions suggest that Tanks can be quite muddy, at once.

While this short is by no means exhaustive, it does provide an interesting look at how serious GWM is to the Australian new car market.

As a heroic model for the range, the Tank 300 makes a lot of sense and can deliver much-needed brand value and visibility to the Chinese auto giant in the country.

2022 GWM Tank 300 how much?
Price: $48,990 estimated (door-to-door drive)
Availability: Estimated end of 2022
Engine: 2.0 liter four-cylinder turbocharged gasoline
Power: 167kW / 387Nm
Transmission: Eight-speed automatic
Fuel: TBA
Safety Rating: Not Tested

2022 GWM Tank 300 - Chinese brand’s answer to the Jeep Wrangler | Car in China 2022 GWM Tank 300 - Chinese brand’s answer to the Jeep Wrangler  | Car in China Reviewed by Góc chia sẻ 'Of Nhân on July 18, 2021 Rating: 5

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