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After a bit of rebranding, the Great Wall Cannon is now the GWM Ute, which comes in a few different ‘Cannon’-named variants.

A budget rival to the likes of the Toyota HiLux and Ford Ranger, the GWM Ute in its current generation is only a couple of years old in Australia.

Available in a few variants up to a ‘sporty’ XSR grade, the Cannon is powered by a 2.0-litre turbocharged diesel that makes 120kW and 400Nm across the range.

The line-up currently starts at $35,990 for the UTE Cannon (4X2) and ranges through to $52,990 for the range-topping UTE Cannon-XSR (4X4).


Check out real-world situations relating to the GWM UTE here, particularly what our experts have to say about them.

  • How much does it cost for registration on my 2022 GWM ute?

    The cost can vary depending on what state or territory you live in and in what post-code (regional areas often have lower registration fees than metropolitan areas). That said, according to the QLD Transport Department’s website, that doesn’t apply in the sunshine state.

    As such, for a full 12 months of registration, including compulsory third-party insurance on a 2022 GWM Ute, you’re looking at $816.55.

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  • Why are the front brakes seizing in my GWM ute?

    This is a potentially lethal fault as anything amiss with a car’s braking system is a major recipe for disaster. It sounds as though the braking system is applying pressure when you hit the brake pedal, but not allowing the pressure to release when you take your foot off the brake.

    If yours was an older car, I’d be suspecting the flexible brake hoses had collapsed internally, allowing the brake fluid to pass through them one way but not return. However, this seems unlikely in a car as new as the one you’ve described. Which leads me to think that perhaps the brake master cylinder is at fault or, perhaps the anti-lock braking system is the culprit as this system controls the flow of fluid to each caliper. Either way, it’s straight back to the dealership for a warranty claim, but I’d be taking the vehicle there on the back of a truck as it really doesn’t sound safe to drive as it is. Driving a car with binding or dragging brakes can very quickly overheat the brake fluid, leading to a complete brake failure with obvious potential results.

    If you’re unhappy with the service from your dealership, I would suggest contacting the manufacturer’s customer service division and stating your case. I’d also be asking for a replacement car until yours is fixed.

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  • Should I buy the 2021 Great Wall Cannon X Ute?

    You’re in a bit of a spot here, Rod, because you want vehicle that can handle beach driving every now and then (so, a four-wheel-drive) but one that will spend the bulk of its time in an urban setting. That means a vehicle with a diesel engine is not your ideal solution, yet the vast majority of four-wheel-drive utes are, indeed, diesel powered.

    Diesel is a problem for folks like you because modern diesel engines don’t appreciate being used for short, urban journeys. The fact is, these modern diesels are fitted with diesel particulate filters (DPFs) which aim to clean up the tailpipe emissions. That’s fair enough, but when driven in an urban environment without a good run at highway speeds every few weeks, the DPF can clog up and that’s when the problems – and repairs costs – start.

    Beyond that, a diesel can easily cost more to service and maintain over the long term, even if it gets more kilometres per tank than a petrol. You might just find that, in an overall sense, the diesel will be costlier to own and run.

    Perhaps a better alternative for you is an SUV with a petrol engine and all-wheel-drive. These won’t have the low-ratios of a four-wheel-drive ute for heavy-duty off-roading, but they should be able to handle loose surfaces like a sandy track down to a fishing spot. The catch is that if you do get an SUV stuck on the beach, you won’t get much sympathy for taking the vehicle out of its depth (literally). Perhaps an older four-wheel-drive with a petrol engine would be your best bet. Look at vehicles like a 2015 to 2017 Toyota HiLux ute which was available with four-wheel-drive and a very handy four-litre petrol V6 engine. That way, you’ll get both the driveline and the engine that best matches your requirements.


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GWM UTE Models Price and Specs

The price range for the GWM UTE varies based on the trim level you choose. Starting at $35,990 and going to $52,990 for the latest year the model was manufactured. The model range is available in the following body types starting from the engine/transmission specs shown below.

Year Body Type Specs Price from Price to
2024 Ute 2.0L, Diesel, 8 SP AUTO $35,990 $52,990
2023 Ute 2.0L, Diesel, 8 SP AUTO $32,780 $55,660
2022 Ute 2.0L, Diesel, 8 SP AUTO $32,780 $50,490
2021 Ute 2.0L, Diesel, 8 SP AUTO $29,480 $47,960
2020 Ute 2.0L, Diesel, 8 SP AUTO $27,610 $40,040
See All GWM UTE Pricing and Specs

GWM UTE Accessories

Standard equipment in the Forester includes keyless entry, push-button start, 18-inch alloy wheels, steering wheel mounted controls, tilt and telescopic steering wheel, wired Apple CarPlay, wired Android Auto, Bluetooth, 9.0-inch touchscreen multimedia system, 7.0-inch digital instrument panel, three USB-A ports, a 12-volt socket, a 220-volt outlet, two cupholders, LED exterior lights, an auto-dimming rear view mirror, and dual-zone climate control.

Standard safety features now include daytime running lights, adaptive cruise control, rear cross-traffic alert, blind-spot monitoring, autonomous emergency braking, forward collision warning, intelligent seat belt reminders, traffic sign recognition, lane keeping/departure aids, a reversing camera, front and rear parking sensors and seven airbags (front, front side chest, and curtain and a front centre airbag).

GWM UTE Accessories

GWM UTE Interior

The Cannon’s interior is as robust-looking as its exterior, as in, it exudes the same purposefulness with its wide dashboard, shiny chrome inserts and its large vents and steering wheel. It has enough soft touchpoints throughout the satisfy those owners who want more refinement in their workhorse, too.

The dashboard is headlined by a 9.0-inch touchscreen multimedia system and a smaller 7.0-inch instrument panel.

GWM UTE Interior

GWM UTE Towing Capacity

The GWM UTE has maximum towing capacity of 3000kg for the latest model available.

Year Body Type Braked Capacity from Braked Capacity to
2024 Ute 3000kg 3000kg
2023 Ute 3000kg 3000kg
2022 Ute 3000kg 3000kg
2021 Ute 3000kg 3000kg
2020 Ute 3000kg 3000kg
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GWM UTE Colours

The Cannon comes in six standard colours – ‘Pearl White’, ‘Scarlet Red’, ‘Crystal Black’, ‘Slate Grey’, ‘Sapphire Blue’, and ‘Pittsburgh Silver’.

  • Pearl White
  • Scarlet Red
  • Crystal Black
  • Slate Grey
  • Sapphire Blue
  • Pittsburgh Silver
To confirm current colour availability, please check the manufacturer's website.

GWM UTE Engine

All Cannons share the same 2.0-litre, four-cylinder turbo-diesel engine (120kW/400Nm). It packs enough grunt to support a 3000kg braked towing capacity, so weekend pursuits should be good to go.

The Cannon has an eight-speed auto transmission and comes with a two-wheel drive drivetrain on the entry grades. A four-wheel drive drivetrain can be optioned for additional costs. One higher grades, it is only available in 4WD and features a 4L range.

GWM UTE Engine

GWM UTE Dimensions

The dimensions of the GWM UTE Ute vary according to year of manufacture and spec level.

Year Body Type Height x Width x Length Ground Clearance
2024 Ute 1886x1934x5410 mm 194 mm
2023 Ute 1886x1934x5410 mm 194 mm
2022 Ute 1886x1934x5410 mm 194 mm
2021 Ute 1886x1934x5410 mm 194 mm
2020 Ute 1886x1934x5410 mm 194 mm
The dimensions shown above are for the base model. See All GWM UTE Dimensions

GWM UTE Wheel Size

The GWM UTE has a number of different wheel and tyre options. When it comes to tyres, these range from 265x60 R18 for Ute in 2024.

Year Body Type Front Tyre Size Front Rim Rear Tyre Size Rear Rim
2024 Ute 265x60 R18 265x60 R18
2023 Ute 265x60 R18 265x60 R18
2022 Ute 265x60 R18 265x60 R18
2021 Ute 265x60 R18 265x60 R18
2020 Ute 265x60 R18 265x60 R18
The dimensions shown above are for the base model. See All GWM UTE Wheel Sizes


The Cannon comes with five seats, in a 2/3 configuration. From the Cannon-X model and higher, the back row has a 60/40 split-fold and can be stowed upright for additional storage in the cabin.

Manual adjustments can be made on the front seats and on higher grades both front seats feature electric adjustments with heating function.

Entry-level trim is black synthetic leather while higher grades enjoy leather-accented trims.

In the second row, there are ISOFIX child seat mounts on the outboard seats plus two top tether anchor points.

GWM UTE Fuel Consumption

The GWM UTE is available in a number of variants and body types that are powered by Diesel fuel type(s). It has an estimated fuel consumption starting from 8.3L/100km for Ute /Diesel for the latest year the model was manufactured.

Year Body Type Fuel Consumption* Engine Fuel Type Transmission
2024 Ute 8.3L/100km 2.0L Diesel 8 SP AUTO
2023 Ute 8.3L/100km 2.0L Diesel 8 SP AUTO
2022 Ute 8.3L/100km 2.0L Diesel 8 SP AUTO
2021 Ute 9.4L/100km 2.0L Diesel 8 SP AUTO
2020 Ute 9.4L/100km 2.0L Diesel 8 SP AUTO
* Combined fuel consumption See All GWM UTE Pricing and Specs for 2024


Expect 0-100km/h in around 11 seconds and top speed of approximately 190km/h.


The GWM Cannon has a listed fuel consumption of 9.4L/100km on a combined cycle. The Cannon has an 78-litre tank so, going by that official fuel figure above, you could reasonably expect a driving range of about 830km from a full tank.