GWM Blamed in Australia. In Australia, sales of its Haval and Ute brands are set to grow by 36% during 2022, knocking on the door to the top 10 on the sales chart.
It will not rest on its laurels in 2023. Along with Aura-branded electric cars, it is debuting an off-road focused tank line locally. The first cab (or should that be tank?) off the rank is 300.
under the skin, GWM Tank 300 Riding on a version of the ladder frame chassis from the GWM Ute.
This isn’t a soft roader dressed in army fatigues, it’s a proper off-roader meant to cut loose with everything from a Jeep Wrangler to a Ford Everest. It’s also a hybrid, although the world’s 300 offers petrol power.
We had a quick off-road drive of the Tank 300 ahead of its arrival in showrooms in the coming months.
The Tank 300 is priced in line with the entry-level variants of the larger, seven-seater Ford Everest family of off-roaders.
It also competes competitively with the Jeep Wrangler, at least. The Wrangler range starts above $80,000 before on-road.
2023 GWM Tank 300 Price:
- GWM Tank 300 Lux Hybrid: $55,990
- GWM Tank 300 Ultra Hybrid: $60,990
All prices are drive away.
With a bold dashboard design, comfortable seats, and even luxurious trim in the entry-level model, the Tank 300 impresses in person.
The dual-screen infotainment system takes clear inspiration from the world of Mercedes-Benz, and looks especially bright in person. It runs more advanced software than the Haval Jolion and H6, with shortcut buttons running to its right.
The driver’s display is also unique compared to what’s offered elsewhere in the range, with rugged graphics matching the Tank 300’s off-road remote. We’ll reserve judgment on its operation until we’ve had a chance to play with it more, but it certainly looks snappy.
With a high seating position, straight edges for the bonnet and body, and all the requisite rugged touches inside, it makes the off-roader feel every bit as tough. On a similar theme to the screens, the two circular air vents and round button/clock cluster are clearly inspired by the G-Wagen.
Although there were some hard plastics around, our Lux testers were well appointed. Given the off-road hardware and power-on price, the cabin feels well put together.
Rear seat space is impressive. There’s plenty of headroom to accommodate tall adults, and legroom is also excellent.
Save for the narrow door opening (and the wide side steps, which are likely to get some muddy pants) this is a really usable space if you often take leggy teenagers along. Air vents and dual USB-A ports will also favor kids.
Boot space has not been confirmed by GWM, but the space behind the side-hinged tailgate itself is wide and flat. You’ll find more in the back of the Everest in its five-seat guise, but the 300 has what looks like a usable boot.
It is also worth keeping the 300 in mind. 4760 mm long on a 2750 mm wheelbaseMaking it 180mm and 150mm shorter than an Everest respectively. This reduces boot space, but should also make for a more maneuverable car in town.
If you’re looking for more space again, the larger Tank 500 has previously been offered as an option for Australia…
Power in the Tank 300 Hybrid comes from a Turbocharged 2.0-litre petrol four-cylinder petrol engine Combined with an electric motor.
Output is transferred to a full-time four-wheel drive system through a nine-speed automatic transmission, with switchable low-range. Petrol models feature a more conventional four-wheel drive system with 2H, 4H, and 4L modes.
System outputs are a common. 258 kW Power and 615Nm of torque. Has the ability to brake. 2500 kg.
The perspective is the angle 33 degreesis the departure angle 34 degreesand has ground clearance. 224 mm.
We drove the Tank 300 in both petrol and hybrid form on a short off-road course. With a few strong, fairly easy ascents and descents, we passed through water 600mm deep, hit some offset moguls, and tackled a basic reef.
You’ll have to wait a little longer for a full on- and off-road review.
As we’ve seen from the strong-selling Toyota hybrids along with Haval’s new challengers, the Tank 300 misses the mark by using an electric motor instead of a petrol engine. When the petrol engine fired up, it worked so smoothly and quietly.
In our 2022 Off-Road SUV Mega Test, the Toyota RAV4 Hybrid struggled to overcome several obstacles because the electric motor on its rear axle wasn’t powerful enough. There were no such problems here.
The electric motor in the Tank 300 is integrated with the transmission rather than driving an axle, and feels capable of providing real support.
On relatively steep climbs where (with a tentative right foot) the petrol engine stuck and the transmission bottomed out, the e-motor was on hand to provide an extra push in the rear. Instead of getting caught between gears, the Tank 300 Hybrid sat up without a fuss.
It was easy to maintain a steady throttle at low speeds on dirt roads, and the brake pedal didn’t feel touchy or wooden based on our brief spin. This is an improvement over the H6 Hybrid, which has a very numb pedal.
Along with its full-time four-wheel drive system, the Tank 300 Hybrid features a low range. It’s activated using a dial on the transmission tunnel, and engaged quickly in our test. There is also a locking rear differential on the Lux and a front differential lock on the Ultra.
Light steering made the tank easy to maneuver around our course, and visibility is good. Like the GWM Ute, the Tank 300 features a camera system capable of showing you what’s going on around or under the vehicle in high resolution which is useful for nervous off-roaders in tight spaces.
Also useful for off-road newbies is the Hill Descent Control system, which kept the vehicle’s speed down a small gravel hill.
Features of Tank 300 Lux Hybrid:
- 17 inch alloy wheels
- Auto folding, heated exterior mirrors
- LED headlights and taillights
- Daytime running lights
- Two-piece underbody guard
- Tire pressure monitoring
- Crawl control
- Tank turn
- Front and rear parking sensors
- Power driver’s seat
- ‘Comfort-Tek’ leather upholstery
- Microfiber and leather steering wheel
- 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster
- 12.3-inch touchscreen infotainment system
- Front and rear USB ports
- Apple CarPlay, Android Auto
- 9-speaker audio system
- Ambient interior lighting
- DAB+ digital radio
- 12V power outlets (front and luggage cabin)
Tank 300 Ultra Hybrid added:
- 18 inch alloy wheels
- Nappa leather seats.
- Heated and cooled front seats.
- Power key driver seat with massage function
- Heated, leather-wrapped steering wheel
- Wireless phone charging
- ‘Infinity’ branded nine-speaker sound system
- More ambient light colors
Tank wears 300. Five star ANCAP safety ratingBased on the test conducted in 2022.
The four-wheel drive scored 88 percent for adult protection, 89 percent for child occupant protection, 81 percent for vulnerable road user protection, and 85 percent for safety assistance features.
Standard safety equipment includes:
- Front center including 7 airbags
- Autonomous Emergency Braking (AEB)
- Adaptive cruise control
- Lane departure warning
- Keep lane support
- Rear Cross Traffic Assist
- Traffic sign recognition
- Surround-view cameras with ‘transparent chassis function’
GWM Tank 300 will be supported by a Seven-year, unlimited kilometer warranty and five years of roadside assistance.
There will also be five years of capped-price servicing, although pricing is yet to be announced.
Combined fuel consumption is also yet to be rated.
We’ll need more time behind the wheel to form a full opinion, but the Tank 300 shows plenty of promise.
It’s beautiful to look at, well-equipped and, based on our quick drive, more than capable when the going gets tough.
The fact that it should offer significantly better fuel economy in the city than a conventional off-roader thanks to its hybrid powertrain is a bonus that will no doubt attract buyers.
GWM is already on a roll in Australia, and the arrival of the tank should give it more momentum.
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