All-new GWM Tank 500 SUV confirmed for NZ with competitive pricing

Jet Sanchez
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Great Wall Motors (GWM) is shaking up the New Zealand SUV segment with its latest offering: the all-new GWM Tank 500. It joins its similarly capable sibling, the Tank 300.

Starting at an attractive price of $74,990, this large seven-seat SUV blends affordable luxury, hybrid power, and rugged capability to take the fight to its more established segment rivals.

Power and performance

All-new GWM Tank 500

Under the hood, the Tank 500 is powered by a 2.0-litre turbocharged four-cylinder petrol engine paired with an electric motor. 

This combination delivers a total system output of 255kW and a substantial 648Nm of torque. 

All-new GWM Tank 500

Coupled with a nine-speed automatic transmission and four-wheel drive, the hybrid powertrain promises impressive performance both on and off the road.

Notably, the Tank 500 has a towing capacity of up to 3000kg braked (750kg unbraked) and a fuel tank capacity of 80 litres, ensuring long drives without frequent stops​​​​.

Off-road ready

All-new GWM Tank 500 New Zealand

The GWM Tank 500 features a robust ladder-frame chassis, 224mm of ground clearance, and a range of driving modes, including Snow, Sand, Rock, and Mud.

It also boasts a wading depth of 800mm and respectable approach, departure, and breakover angles of 30, 24, and 22.5 degrees, respectively.

High-end tech and cabin

All-new GWM 500 New Zealand
Chinese model shown

The Tank 500 doesn’t skimp on luxury and technology. 

The entry-level Lux model comes equipped with a 14.6-inch touchscreen, a 12.3-inch digital instrument display, LED headlights, a sunroof and heated front seats. 

The Ultra model further ups the ante with black Nappa leather trim, ventilated and massaging front seats, a premium audio system and a panoramic sunroof.

Additional features on the higher model include a heated steering wheel, 6-way power-adjustable driver seat, 64-colour ambient lighting, a head-up display (HUD) and more.

Both variants come standard with wireless Apple CarPlay and wired Android Auto. 

Safety and convenience are also prioritised with features like autonomous emergency braking, lane-keeping assist, adaptive cruise control, traffic sign recognition and a 360-degree camera​​​​.

A formidable rival

All-new GWM Tank 500 New Zealand

GWM is positioning the Tank 500 as a strong competitor to established players like the Toyota Land Cruiser Prado, Ford Everest and Isuzu MU-X

With its combination of power, luxury, and off-road capability at a competitive price point, the Tank 500 looks poised to make a significant impact in the local SUV market.

The GWM Tank 500 Lux will be available starting at $74,990 RRP, while the Ultra version will begin at $82,990 RRP. GST and ORC are included. Additionally, customers can choose between four colour options: Onyx Silver, Crystal Black, Marble White and Dune Gold. Unit deliveries are set to commence in Q2 2024.


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