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China's toughest SUV yet! New Great Wall Tank 600 will use big V6 to lure you out of your Toyota LandCruiser Prado

The Haval Tank 600 could be China's toughest SUV yet.

China has just taken its most obvious shot yet at Japan's most legendary nameplate, with the new Great Wall Tank 600 revealed with the Toyota LandCruiser Prado in its sights.

These appear to be the first official images of the GWM Tank 600, ahead of the Chinese answer to the Prado's official reveal at the Chengdu Motor Show later this month.

The details remain a little thin on the ground for now, but we do expect the Tank 600 to be a petrol-powered rival to the diesel Prado, packing a new 3.0-litre turbocharged V6 that will produce a sizeable 260kW and 500N, and which will be paired with a nine-speed automatic gearbox.

We're also expecting the Tank 600 to be confirmed as roughly Prado-like in its dimensions, with seven seats and a footprint that stretches around five-metres in length and two-metres in width.

The Tank 600 is about the same size as a LandCruiser Prado. The Tank 600 is about the same size as a LandCruiser Prado.

It will also share the Toyota's penchant for off-roading, and should deliver a body-on-frame architecture, along with low-range 4WD as well as a sizeable wading depth, and off-road-ready approach and departure angles.

And, like the broader Tank range, it's being studied for Australia. As reported last month, the smaller Tank 300 is currently in Australia for validation and testing, pending a decision on its future, with the brand keen to expand its line-up in this market.