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Exclusive: Great Wall Cannon 2020 diesel engine detailed! What China's Toyota HiLux slayer is bringing to the ute party

The Great Wall Cannon will be here in 2020.

New details about China’s incoming Toyota HiLux rival have been confirmed, with the Great Wall Cannon to pack a 2.0-litre, four-cylinder turbodiesel engine, which will join the already-confirmed turbocharged 2.0-litre petrol engine.

We can now confirm the international outputs of that engine, with the diesel powertrain to produce 120kW and 400Nm, which will be fed through a choice of an eight-speed ZF automatic transmission or a six-speed manual gearbox.

The Great Wall Cannon has been confirmed for Australia, and is expected to arrive in the first half of 2020 to do battle with segment titans like the Toyota HiLux and the Ford Ranger.

And while the brand’s local arm is yet to officially confirm engine specifics for our market, it is understood the vehicle will arrive with at least the diesel engine, with the petrol engine also yet to be officially ruled out.

The diesel engine, about to be released in China, is tuned there for 120kW and 400Nm, but it’s not yet known whether Australian-delivered trucks would take a different tune that ups the torque to around 450Nm.

To put those outputs into perspective, the Toyota HiLux’s 2.8-litre diesel engine produces 130kW and 450Nm, while the twin-turbo-diesel from the Ford Ranger produces 157kW and 500Nm. The incoming Isuzu D-Max makes 140kW and 450Nm from its 3.0-litre diesel. Fellow Chinese brand LDV has fitted a 2.8-litre diesel to its T60, which produces 110kW and 360Nm.

Great Wall has made no secret over exactly who it is targeting with the Cannon, specifically calling out Toyota's HiLux, which it used as a benchmark for performance and off-road chops. when it comes to the performance and off-road capability benchmark for the new truck.

The Cannon is a bigger truck than the HiLux, stretching between 10mm and 30mm longer on every key measurement.

In happy news, it also promises to be cheaper than both the HiLux and Ford Ranger, with the brand’s Bill Soo telling CarsGuide in the past that “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?'”

The Great Wall Cannon is on track for a 2020 launch, with CarsGuide expecting it to launch sometime in the first half of next year.