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China's game-changing dual-cab detailed! Great Wall to launch new Cannon ute in three grades to topple the Toyota HiLux and Ford Ranger

The Great Wall Cannon will launch this year.

Great Wall has released the first details of just how its new dual-cab will take on the big boys of the ute world, conferring its Cannon will arrive in three trim levels by the end of the year.

The ute, known as the Cannon in some markets and the Poer in others, will simply be called GWM Ute in Australia, which will then be broken down into Cannon-based trim levels.

While full detail is yet to be revealed, we do know the GWM Ute will arrive in three trim levels, each equipped with 4WD, consisting of the entry-level Cannon, the mid-tier Cannon-L and the top-spec Cannon-X. Every trim level gets a 9.0-inch touchscreen with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, while some trim will get an "extendable ladder" designed to make climbing into the tray a breeze.

Described as "one of the most hotly anticipated additions to the GWM lineup since the company began operations in Australia", orders for the new ute official begin today ahead of Q4 deliveries, with brand launching a bespoke landing page for customers.

While full specifications are still be kept under wraps, we do know the GWM Ute will be powered by a 2.0-litre turbo-diesel engine, expected to produce 120kW and around 450Nm. That engine pairs with a eight-speed ZF automatic or a six-seed manual, with power sent to all four tyres.

The Cannon measures 5410mm in length, 1934mm in width and 1886mm in height, and with a tray that stretches 1520mm/1520mm. Great Wall says to expect a 1000kg payload and a “minimum” 3000kg braked towing capacity, which is precisely what the local arm has asked its Chinese HQ to deliver.

We don't know yet just how much it will cost, but we do know the brand is targeting a sharp price point, with the one representative telling us "It will make a lot of people think 'why am I paying this amount of money for a ute, when someone like Great Wall can build something to this level of comfort and capability?'."