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Exclusive: GWM Tank 500 spotted in Australia, Prado rival undertaking development drives


The Tank 500 is likely to rival cars such as the Toyota Land Cruiser Prado and the Ford Everest in the Australian car market 

Chasing Cars has spied the new GWM Tank 500 on the roads of Sydney, likely undertaking evaluation assessment before a likely Australian launch by the end of the year. 

A key rival for the Toyota Land Cruiser Prado and other large SUVs such as the Ford Everest, the Tank 500 will join the smaller Tank 300 in Australia at some stage. 

Powering the new Tank 500 will be a 260kW/500Nm 3.0-litre twin-turbocharged petrol V6 engine mated to a nine-speed automatic transmission. 

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Chasing Cars spotted the GWM Tank 500 out on the open roads of Sydney

Hybrid powertrain options for Tank 500 using the 3.0-litre V6 unit can potentially ramp up power to as high as 380kW are available according to GWM, though these are yet to be confirmed for the Australian market.

The hybrid format’s 380kW peak would make the Land Cruiser 300’s 227kW potentially feel a little tame in comparison though it would remain to be seen as to whether GWM could match its Japanese rival’s 700Nm.

Chasing Cars reached out to GWM Australia for comment regarding the sighting, with the brand’s local arm confirming there is a Tank 500 in Australia undergoing development.

2023 GWM Tank 500 spotting Sydney CC side profile
The upcoming GWM Tank 500 could be a good rival for the Toyota Land Cruiser Prado
GWM Tank 500 silver side profile studio shot

What’s expected for the Tank 500?

The Tank 500 is likely to be the most luxurious SUV to come onto the market from GWM, but could still undercut its main rivals on pricing.  

Chasing Cars can speculate that the upcoming Tank 500 could be priced around $75K-$85K driveway, besting what Nissan and Toyota can offer with their respective large Patrol and Land Cruiser SUVs. 

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We think the Tank 500 looks a lot like a Prado from the outside

Standard features for the Tank 500 could include a 14.6-inch centre touchscreen, a 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster, along with wireless phone charging and a heated leather steering wheel, as mooted by GWM for the model’s global specification menu.  

Wood trim, a crystal gear shifter and nappa leather seats are also potential features for the Australian-delivered lineup.

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