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GWM Cannon ute 2021 priced for Australia with 3,000kg towing capacity

John Law

Great Wall Motors has revealed detailed pricing and specs for the 2021 Cannon ute starting from $33,990 driveaway.

The 2021 Cannon range comprises three variants – the base model Cannon, mid-spec Cannon L and range-topping Cannon X all of which share the same two-litre turbo-diesel four-cylinder engine with outputs of 120kW and 400Nm.

That engine is hooked up to a ZF-sourced eight-speed torque-converter automatic as standard. All Cannons are equipped with selectable four-wheel-drive and a locking rear differential, a must if you plan to take your ute into the bush.

GWM Cannon 2021 Front 3/4
GWM’s new ute has the looks, especially in range-topping X form.

In Australia, the Chinese marque has chosen to only import the 4×4 Cannon range, while other markets like New Zealand have access to more variants, including affordable 4×2 options.

The Cannon is also only available as a dual-cab with a tub, so the Chinese competitor does lack the diversity offered by competitors like the Nissan Navara with their single and space cab options.

When initially launched in Australia the GWM Cannon was quoted at having a 2,250kg towing capacity. However, this has been revised in 2021, and that number has increased to 3,000kg.

GWM Cannon 2021 Rear 3/4
The Cannon is now rated to tow up to 3,000kgs.

While trailing the more expensive class leaders like the Isuzu D-Max that offer 3,500kg, the GWM bests the affordable 2.4-litre turbo diesel-powered Hilux rated to tow 2,800kg.

That’s pretty impressive from the Chinese manufacturer, especially considering the small two-litre engine under the bonnet.

As for specification, the base model Cannon is better equipped than you might expect for $33,990 on the road. Goodies such as 18-inch alloy wheels, leatherette upholstery, keyless entry and a nine-inch touchscreen with wired Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are included.

GWM Cannon 2021 Beach
There is a comprehensive safety suite on board, too.

The active safety list is also comprehensive and includes AEB with pedestrian and cyclist detection – though no junction or reverse function – lane-keep assist, traffic sign recognition and rear parking sensors.

That’s everything needed to achieve a five-star ANCAP rating here in Australia, though the GWM Cannon is yet to be tested.

Building on the impressive spec list, the Cannon L adds chrome exterior trim, different 18-inch alloys, a neat cargo ladder, leather-appointed wheel and shifter, power-adjustable driver’s seat with heating, 360-degree monitor, climate control and a six-speaker stereo for $37,990 driveaway.

GWM Cannon 2021 Front Cab
Inside the cabin looks more luxurious than you might expect.

Sitting atop the Cannon range is the X which sees a luxury interior, adjustable steering weight, seven-inch digital dashboard, folding rear seats and power-adjustable, leather-appointed driver and passenger seats.

That is a level of kit equal to the range-topping Hilux SR5 but for a lot less cash, with GWM only charging $40,990 for the Cannon X. Though naturally, the Hilux packs a more powerful motor for its $59,920 ($65,512 driveaway) asking price.

GWM’s affordable ute range is on sale in Australia now.

GWM Cannon 2021 Beach
The Cannon range is on sale now.

GWM Cannon 4×4 2021: pricing in Australia

Prices listed are driveaway costs.

  • GWM Cannon 4×4 Dual Cab – $33,990
  • GWM Cannon L 4×4 Dual Cab – $37,990
  • GWM Cannon X 4×4 Dual Cab – $40,990

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