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2021 Great Wall Cannon braked towing capacity increased! But does the new GWM Ute rattle Toyota HiLux and Ford Ranger?

The GMW Ute, or Great Wall Cannon, has officially increased its braked towing capacity and maximum downball weight.

Great Wall Motors Australia has confirmed the recently launched GWM Ute’s braked towing capacity has officially been increased following its re-homologation.

When the GWM Ute was initially homologated locally, its braked towing capacity was listed as 2250kg, but it’s now 3000kg, putting it on par with another Chinese ute, the LDV T60, but behind the Mitsubishi Triton (3100kg), let alone the Toyota HiLux and Ford Ranger (3500kg).

The GWM Ute’s maximum downball weight has also increased, from 90kg to a more competitive 300kg, as part of its re-homologation.

Great Wall Motors Australia spokesperson told CarsGuide no changes were made to the GWM Ute to achieve both increases, as its original homologation used some data from Europe, which has different standards.

As reported, the GWM Ute is available in three variants: entry-level Cannon ($33,990 driveaway), mid-range Cannon-L ($37,990 d/a) and flagship Cannon-X ($40,990 d/a), with each powered by a 120kW/400Nm 2.0-litre turbo-diesel four-cylinder engine.

Either way, a ZF-sourced eight-speed torque-converter automatic transmission is standard alongside a four-wheel-drive system with a rear differential lock.

Anyone that buys a GWM Ute before April will get $1000 worth of genuine accessories for their vehicle, while those that trade in a Steed ute or a Haval SUV during the same period will also be eligible for a $1000 bonus.