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Can China take down the Toyota Land Cruiser Prado? New V6-powered Great Wall Tank 600 snapped ahead of offical reveal

The Great Wall 600 is coming to take down the Prado.

The first images of the Great Wall Tank 600 have emerged, ahead of the Chinese answer to the Toyota LandCruiser Prado's official reveal at the Chengdu motor show in August.

The images, reported to be of the Tank 600 pre-reveal, show a toned down version of the SUV we were expecting, with some of the more out-there design details pointed to in the preview sketches missing.

The Tank 600 sketch The Tank 600 sketch

Gone, for example, is the jutting jaw-line of the SUV, along with the wildly flared guards and massive all-terrain tyres.

In their place is a fairly sedate-looking unit, save the huge and metallic US-style grille, and a model that looks, dare we say it, a little dull from a side angle.

Happily, though, we do have a fair idea of what weapon it will be carrying in its war with the LandCruiser Prado, and that is a new 3.0-litre turbocharged V6 that will produce a sizeable 260kW and 500N, paired with a nine-speed automatic gearbox.

We also expect the Tank 600 to be vaguely Prado-sized, and share the Toyota's focus on the combination of on-road comfort and off-road capability.

What we don't know yet is wether the Tank 600 will make it to Australia, but we do know the brand here does have its eye on the Tank brand more generally, with the smaller 300 looking more and more likely.

As reported last month, the Tank 300 is currently in Australia for validation and testing, pending a decision on its future.

The smaller Tank - it measures 4760mm long, 1930mm wide, 1903mm tall - is also focused on the tough stuff, and would do battle with vehicles like the Jeep Wrangler.