BUYERS GUIDE - WAGONS MEDIUM
GWM has previewed the Tank 500, seven-seat hybrid wagon that its scheduled for release in the second quarter 2024.
GWM has realised what the diesel-addicted Japanese brands haven’t yet worked out: hybrid 4WDs are the medium-term future in Australia.
Battery electric 4WDs currently lack enough range and charging support for remote-area travel, but hybrids work just fine.
The GWM body-on-frame Tank 500 sets a new benchmark in the segment, GWM said, offering unparalleled hybrid performance, off-road capability and state-of-the-art technology, including auto reverse assist.
Available in two familiar Lux and Ultra grades, the Tank 500 is said to be a new benchmark in comfort and convenience in a $66,000-$75,000 4WD.
Final pricing and specifications are yet to be provided, but some information is available.
OTA expects the Lux models to feature eight-way power- adjustable driver’s seat with lumbar support; seats in faux leather; three-zone climate control; advanced multimedia system including a 14.6-inch colour multitouch screen, with wireless CarPlay and wired Android Auto integration; front and rear parking sensors and a 360° view monitor; plus Auto Parking and Auto Reversing Assistance.
Ultra models should have: Nappa-appointed seating, with heated, ventilated and massaging front seats, plus memory and welcome functions; heated and ventilated second row outer seats and electric folding third row; and 12-speaker premium Infinity audio system.
GWM’s Dedicated Hybrid Technology has produced a two-litre, turbocharged petrol hybrid engine with a combined fuel and electric output of 255kW and 648Nm.
A nine-speed hybrid automatic transmission (9HAT) is paired with a full-time 4WD driveline. Claimed fuel economy is 8.5 L/100km combined, backed by an 80-litre fuel tank.
The Tank 500 has 3000kg braked towing capacity.
As the second model in GWM’s Tank Professional Off-road range, the Tank 500 features Intelligent Four-Wheel Drive, with seamless switching between 2H, AWD, 4H and 4L modes; All-Terrain Control System with 11 driving modes; low range gearing and rear differential lock as standard; for exceptional off-road capability; Turn Assistance; under-body protection; ground clearance of 224mm unloaded; 30° approach angle, 22.5° break-over angle and 24° departure angle; and a water wading depth of 800mm.
We’ll add more information nearer to launch date and a road test report as soon as possible after release.