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China's plush new Toyota LandCruiser 300 alternative! 2025 GWM Tank 800 4WD spied testing in China and expected to look like a Rolls-Royce Cullinan

A prototype revealed in 2021 showed what the Tank 800 could look like, and Rolls-Royce might want a word. (Image: CarNewsChina)

While GWM slowly ramps up its presence in Australia, it seems like it’s on an all-out rampage in China, with a new model set to join its already busy Tank SUV line-up.

The GWM Tank 800 has been spied testing in China a couple of years after the reveal of a prototype at the 2021 Shanghai Motor Show, with Chinese media putting together a picture of what to expect from the likely flagship model for the brand.

Importantly, it appears styling hasn’t changed drastically from the concept if the visible features on the camouflaged test car are anything to go by, meaning it may still look rather similar to the Rolls-Royce Cullinan.

As reported by CarNewsChina and seen in images from AutoHome, the GWM Tank 800 is expected to utilise a similar drivetrain to the slightly smaller and more rugged-looking Tank 700.

That means a 385kW/850Nm set up that consists of a 3.0-litre twin-turbo V6 with hybrid assistance thanks to GWM’s Hi4-T system. A nine-speed automatic transmission and an electric motor aid the engine in putting that power and torque to all four wheels.

But the publication also points out that in its home market, the brand has launched new models with a 3.0-litre turbo engine using only 48-volt electrification before moving on to a full hybrid system.

In the spy photos sourced from AutoHome, interior elements are seen to be significantly toned down compared to the concept from 2021, while its large multimedia screen is seen with an image of the vehicle’s exterior on it - a preview of what the model should look like.

In Australia, GWM has only just confirmed the Tank 500 will join the smaller Tank 300 in its local line-up. If larger models like the Tank 700 and Tank 800 are to come too, don’t expect any news until the dust has settled on the 500’s launch.

Chris Thompson
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