The next member of Great Wall Motor’s Tank SUV family has been revealed.
The tank 700 leaked in typical Chinese fashion: through unflattering images from China’s Ministry of Industry and Information Technology, shared on the social network Weibo.
It is said to be more than 5m long, with a 3m wheelbase and 2061mm width – slightly longer and wider than Toyota LandCruiser 300.
The full-size SUV was previously revealed as a concept at the Shanghai auto show in 2022, along with a similar large model called the Tank 800.
The styling of the concept has largely been carried over, although there are some differences in detail – perhaps because this is a lower trim level.
It rides on smaller wheels than the concept’s 22-inch shoe, and doesn’t have the glossy black wheel arch panels nor the distinctive light blue paint job.
At the rear, there is no circular 4-sided exhaust pipe and the glossy black border around the taillights is also absent.
Otherwise, the styling is as sharp as the concept and most details, from the grille to the unusually shaped headlights, have been carried over.
As for the missing details, they appeared in the image in one local trademark filingwhile the larger wheel also appears in the MIIT profile.
While the Tank 800 concept is more luxurious in its exterior design with its shiny chrome waterfall grille and two-tone paint treatment, the 700 is designed for a more aggressive look.
Inside, however, the concept boasts an interior as luxurious as the 800, with suede upholstery on the dashboard, doors and center console, along with a rear entertainment screen and storage space. footrest and widescreen infotainment system.
A badge on the rear door shows the production 700 with a V6 engine.
The Tank 700 concept uses a turbocharged 3.0-liter V6 petrol engine mated to a nine-speed automatic transmission and intelligent all-wheel drive, with hybrid and plug-in hybrid options available for increased power and efficiency. torque up to 380kW and 750Nm.
In the more conservatively styled Tank 500, GWM’s twin-turbo 3.0-litre V6 petrol engine produces 265 kW of power and 500 Nm of torque.
GWM confirmed the 700 concept car uses the same Tank-on-frame architecture as the 500. According to Chinese media, the model cost 20 billion yuan (AU$4.27 billion) to develop. in 5 years.
The 700 concept has off-road equipment such as climbing and amphibious modes, various off-road modes, a tank turn function, an active stabilizer bar that can disconnect left and right wheels, and differential lock front, middle and rear. It also features air suspension.
With the launch of the Tank 700 soon to be produced, it seems unlikely that the launch of the Tank 800 will be far away, completing the original Tank SUV quartet.
Tank’s first model is the 300, launched in 2020 with the Wey badge – GWM’s premium crossover brand. But just a few months later, GWM decided to make Tank its own brand to side with Wey, Ora, Haval and GWM Pickup.
In Australia, GWM is selling all of its vehicles with the GWM badge and treats these brands as sub-brands – for example, the Haval H6 is sold here as a sub-brand. GWM Haval H6.
That allows GWM to market itself as a single brand, with nearly an entire lineup, expected later this year to offer everything from compact crossovers and electric hatchbacks to sedans. ute and full-size SUVs.
Globally, GWM sold 123,881 Tank-branded vehicles in 2022, ahead of the Ora (103,996) and Wey (36,381) but behind the Haval (616,550) and the GWM Pickup (186,715).