What you’re looking at here is the Great Wall Motor (GWM) Tank 500, which will make its debut at the 2023 Bangkok International Motor Show (BIMS). A product sold under GWM’s sub-brand Tank, the Tank 500 is a Luxury SUV that competes with the Toyota Land Cruiser and is currently available for pre-order in Thailand before deliveries begin from July this year.
According to the local GWM website, the Tank 500 will come in two versions, including Ultra and Pro. The latter is the car pictured, which can be identified by its more imposing front grille that features a significantly more chrome surface. .
Unsurprisingly, this is a large vehicle and, with the spare wheel included, it is 5070mm long. As for other dimensions, the Tank 500 is 1,934mm wide, 1,905mm tall and has a 2,850mm wheelbase.
Despite its size and weight (around 2.5 tons), the Tank 500 is powered by a hybrid system that includes a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder gasoline engine and an electric motor that delivers full system power. of 350 hp and 616 Nm of torque. The configuration also includes a nine-speed HAT (hydraulic automatic transmission), as well as a selectable four-wheel drive system.
The Tank 500 offers 11 riding modes, as well as front and rear electric diff locks, the latter being useful when driving on rough terrain. Also useful off-road is a tank turn feature that uses braking force to reduce the vehicle’s turning radius, an off-road cruise control system, wading depth sensing, and something called the Transparent Body System. This uses cameras to overlay the image of the road below and in front of the vehicle to improve visibility.
In terms of available features, the Tank 500 can be equipped with automatic LED headlights, LED daytime running lights, LED fog lights, LED taillights, a reversing camera, power retractable side steps, 20-inch alloy wheels, and a digital instrument. 12.3 inches. group Screen,
The equipment list also includes a 14.6-inch touchscreen infotainment system with support for Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, power steering wheel adjustment and paddle shifters, a 12-speaker sound system, Nappa leather upholstery, power front seats with driver side memory function, second row sun visors and third row power backs. Autonomous emergency braking is standard for both variants, but only the Pro comes with adaptive cruise control.
The Land Cruiser is quite a popular model in Malaysia, although it is not sold through official channels; you will find many sold by importers. Would you choose the Tank 500 over Toyota’s luxury SUV if it were available?