Great Wall (GWM) has revealed the all-new Tank 500 large SUV’s second powertrain option, a ‘self-charging’ hybrid that’s aptly named HEV.
Of course, the off-road-focused Tank 500 is GWM’s answer to the all-conquering Toyota Prado, which is coincidentally expected to be available with a ‘self-charging’ hybrid powertrain when its next generation arrives, likely next year.
Either way, the Tank 500 debuted last August with a 3.0-litre turbo-petrol V6 engine and a mild-hybrid system, but the fresh variant combines a 2.0-litre four-cylinder unit with an electric motor that’s integrated into its nine-speed torque-converter automatic transmission.
It’s also not yet clear if both versions of the Tank 500 come with the same low-range transfer case and three differential locks (front, centre and rear), although hill-descent control is common.
For reference, the Tank 500 measures 5070mm long (with a 2850mm wheelbase), 1934mm wide and 1905mm tall, and has approach, departure and breakover angles of 29.6, 24 and 22 degrees respectively.
Inside, the Tank 500 is headlined by a ‘floating’ 14.9-inch touchscreen multimedia system and a 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster. There’s also plenty of leather upholstery and wood trim – plus a crystal gear selector – to provide a luxury feel.
As reported, GWM’s emerging Tank sub-brand is firming for an Australian launch, possibly as early as next year, with 16 recent local trademark applications clearing the path for it do so, but a spokesperson told CarsGuide "no decision has been made yet".