While it’s yet to be confirmed, the likely contenders for the Tank range in Australia are the 300 and 500 SUVs.
The 300 is a medium SUV built on the same body-on-frame platform as the GWM Ute and uses a 2.0-litre four-cylinder turbocharged petrol engine delivering 167kW/387Nm driving all four wheels. A diesel engine is also believed to be in the works.
Another Tank model that will almost certainly be offered her is the larger, more luxurious 500 SUV.
The GWM Tank 500 will compete with the next Ford Everest and more.
The 500 looks set to be the hybrid offering GWM referenced in the release. As well as a 3.0-litre turbocharged V6 producing 260kW/500Nm, the 500 is also available in China with a 180kW/380Nm 2.0-litre four-cylinder petrol-electric hybrid unit.
The 500 will fill a gap in GWM’s line-up left by the recently discontinued Haval H9 off-roader.
Production has ended for the ageing and slow-selling H9 and remaining stock is expected to be snapped up before the end of 2022.
Another model that’s expected to be added to GWM’s roster is the Haval Big Dog. Based on the more traditionally designed Haval H6, the Big Dog has squared-off butch styling.
It lacks the off-road chops of models like the Wrangler and the like, but has some capability. The Big Dog is powered by a 2.0-litre turbocharged petrol engine delivering 155kW/325Nm to all four wheels via a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission.