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The Chinese successor to the HSV Maloo and FPV Pursuit? New GWM Cannon "supercar pickup truck" is China's first properly hardcore ute

The first properly hardcore Chinese ute!

GWM has teased the first properly hardcore Chinese ute, promising to unveil what it calls a "supercar pickup truck" at the 2021 Guangzhou Motor Show that's based on the big-selling GWM Cannon Ute.

And the pics look, well, epic. Less off-road focused than the Ford Ranger Raptor, sure, and more like the V8-powered Holden Commodore and Ford Falcon utes (or their HSV and FPV equivalents) once adored by Australian drivers.

How do we know? Well the quad exhaust tips and rear diffuser in the teaser are a bit of a giveaway, as are the swollen arches, road-hugging skirts, wide-boy stance and giant alloys in the sketches.

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All of which means it should be unlikely to be able to climb over anything much tougher than a speedbump, with the "supercar pickup" built for speed, not capability.

But what would power such a thing? GWM is yet to spill the beans, but we do know they have access to an in-house twin-turbo-petrol V6 engine called Great Wall 6Z30. That engine's maximum torque of 500Nm is available from just 1500rpm, while the maximum 260kW arrives at 6000rpm.

Th brand is yet to reveal the juicy details. But all will be revealed soon enough, with GWM's new ute to be revealed in China on November 19.