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GWM Cannon Ute 2023: cheap new cab-chassis model for tradies joins lineup


GWM will add an aluminium tray-optioned Cannon Ute for those heading to the worksite, priced from $36,990 driveaway  

GWM will at last target Australian tradies by offering a new aluminium-tray cab-chassis Cannon ute in 2023. 

Pricing now starts from $36,990 driveaway for a 4×2 Cannon CC ute – undercutting 4×2 utes such as the Isuzu D-Max SX 4×2 ($40,700) and Toyota Hilux 4×2 SR Hi Rider ($47,115). 

For the Cannon CC, the tub-tray found in existing GWM Cannon utes has been replaced by an aluminium tray that will be “the preferred choice for many tradespeople and primary producers”, according to the local arm of the Chinese manufacturer.  

GWM Cannon CC ute rear 3/4 shot
The new GWM Cannon CC Ute with its aluminium tray

The new tray measures in at 1730mm long, 1855mm wide and 235mm deep. 

The GWM Cannon CC will continue to be powered by the same 2.0-litre turbo-diesel engine found across the rest of the Cannon range, producing 120kW of power and 400Nm of torque

GWM says that the Cannon CC has a braked towing capacity of 3000kg and a payload of 1130kg.

GWM Cannon CC ute front 3/4 shot
The new Cannon CC starts from $36,990 driveaway

Three variants of the Cannon CC will be available including a 4×2, 4×4 and Cannon-L 4×4 option. 

GWM Australia says the new CC ute variant is already beginning to arrive in Australia, with first deliveries set to take place shortly. 

What standard features do you get with the new Cannon CC ute?

GWM Cannon CC ute interior shot
Inside the new 2023 GWM Cannon CC Ute

Both the Cannon CC 4×2 and 4×4 variants are equipped with the following features:

  • 18-inch alloy wheels
  • Daytime running lights 
  • Automatic LED headlights and tail lights 
  • Comfort-tek upholstered seats
  • A 9.0-inch centre touchscreen
  • A 3.5-inch instrument cluster 
  • Apple CarPlay and Android Auto phone mirroring 
  • Front and rear USB charging ports 
  • Keyless entry and push-button start 
  • Rear parking sensor and reverse camera
The Chasing Cars GWM Cannon long-termer pulling a car trailer

The higher spec Cannon-L CC model comes fitted with the above specification, plus:

  • Chrome grille, door mirrors and door handles
  • Power adjustable electric folding side mirrors
  • A leather steering wheel
  • Heated comfort-tek seats with power adjustment for driver 
  • Automatic climate control
  • An anti-glare rear-view mirror 
  • Front parking sensors 
  • A 360-degree surround camera  

How safe is the Cannon CC ute?

GWM Cannon ute opposite lock drift
The GWM Cannon Ute has a five-star ANCAP safety rating

The GWM ute range was tested by ANCAP in 2021, where it received a five-star safety rating. The vehicle scored 86 percent for adult occupant protection, 87 percent for child occupant protection and 73 percent for safety assist. 

As standard, the Cannon CC variants are fitted with hill descent control, hill-start assist, forward collision warning, autonomous emergency braking with pedestrian and cyclist detection, adaptive cruise control, traffic sign recognition and tyre pressure monitoring. 

GWM Cannon ute sunset shot
A shot of the GWM Cannon Ute in the outback

GWM Cannon Ute 2023: prices in Australia

All prices listed are driveaway. 

  • Cannon: $33,990
  • Cannon CC 4×2: $36,990
  • Cannon-L 4×4: $38,990
  • Cannon CC 4×4: $39,990
  • Cannon X 4×4: $41,990
  • Cannon-L CC 4×4: $43,490
  • Cannon X 4×4: $43,990