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GWM set to offer V6 Tank, Haval H9 soon

Chinese importer to up the ante against Jeep’s Wrangler and Toyota’s LandCruiser Prado

18 Jan 2024

GREAT WALL MOTORS looks set to introduce a more powerful V6 version of its popular Tank 300 (known as the Tank 330) alongside an all-new Haval H9 in the very near future.


If offered locally, the two models will expand GWM’s Australian portfolio with respective rivals to the Jeep Wrangler and Toyota LandCruiser Prado – albeit at a more reasonable price.


For the Tank 330 we find a 265kW twin-turbocharged V6 petrol engine displacing 3.0 litres in place of the 162kW 2.0-litre four-cylinder turbo-petrol offered currently (from $46,990 drive-away).


The figures also see the six-cylinder model output more than the 2.0-litre petrol-electric hybrid, which offers 255kW (from $55,990 d/a).


The highly specified model appears to be based upon the Tank 300 Frontier Limited Edition with accessory body cladding, larger 18-inch alloy wheels and a tailgate spoiler. It also sports a rectangular three-bar grille, round LED headlights, metal bumpers, a vented bonnet, and accessory luggage racks.


Reportedly, the Tank 330 is said to offer improved approach and departure angles when compared with the 300, as well as additional wading clearance of 900mm (+200mm).


At this stage, no further details are known, though Car News China suggests the model came into being following a crowd-funding exercise by GWM fans – and was sold out in under six minutes.


It is expected to go on sale in China later this year.


At the same time as details of the GWM Tank 330 come to light, we find more information on the release of the second-generation Haval H9.


Details of the body-on-frame four-wheel drive SUV – which is similar in size to the Toyota LandCruiser Prado – were revealed on Chinese social media this week outlining an unchanged 167kW 2.0-litre four-cylinder turbo-petrol engine and eight-speed automatic combination.


A two-wheel drive model featuring a 137kW 2.4-litre four-cylinder turbo-diesel and nine-speed automatic pairing is also tipped to follow.


The GWM Haval H9 was last sold in Australia in 2021 and missed out on many of the interior features noted in the updated model. The 2024 version of the H9 includes a larger central infotainment array, digital instrument panel, and a new ventilation design for the dashboard outlets.


GWM Australia says it has no current plans to expand the Tank 300 range, but that it is considering the Haval H9 for the local market.


GoAuto understands the Tank 500 is also on the importer’s wish list.


“It’s positive to see new GWM products, such as the H9 and Tank 330 being launched, and we always watch with interest from a local perspective on the unveiling of new models like these,” a GWM Australia spokesperson told GoAuto.


“With the H9, we’re evaluating this new model as part of our wider SUV strategy and will be in a position to announce more on that front in the coming months.


“With Tank, our current focus is on continuing the successful launch of Tank 300. We’re happy with the current line-up and powertrain options and have no plans to add more models to the Tank 300 range at this stage.


“Additionally, our local team is working on an expanded genuine GWM accessory range for all models including the Tank 300.”


With CarNewsChina


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1st of April 2005

Mk7 HiLux

TOYOTA’S seventh-generation HiLux utility is substantially bigger in all dimensions, more powerful, more refined, more comfortable, safer and, importantly, represents better value than its seven-year old predecessor.

Built on an all-new ladder chassis and employing new engines and suspension, the new HiLux range comprises some 30 variants (up from 27) – opening with the four-cylinder Work Mate single-cab/chassis and closing with the flagship turbo-diesel dual-cab SR5.

Offering a wider choice of body, powertrain and equipment grade combinations, the new range again includes the choice of 4x2 and 4x4 drivetrains and either single, "Xtra" and double-cab body options – each with cab/chassis or style-side pick-up tray options.

The entry-level Work Mate equipment grade (4x2 only) also continues alongside the SR and range-topping SR5 variant, but is now available in dual-cab guise as well.

Also available for the first time are a six-cylinder 4x2 and the option of an automatic transmission in turbo-diesel 4x4 models.

All Gen-7 HiLux variants come with twin front airbags and front seatbelt pretensioners, but while anti-lock brakes are standard in the top-shelf SR5 and optional in SR, ABS remains unavailable on lesser HiLux variants.

Air-conditioning is standard only on SR5 versions.

A wider footprint and new double wishbone front coil suspension improve stability, handling, ride quality and active safety, while the new body and chassis design and new safety equipment improve passive safety.

Claimed to be some 50 per cent stiffer than before, the substantially larger new HiLux is 345mm longer, 60mm wider, 75mm higher, offers a 155mm-longer tray (165mm longer on dual-cabs), a 235mm-longer wheelbase and now accommodates a 190cm driver in comfort partly thanks to 240mm of fore-aft seat travel.

Exclusive to single/double-cab Work Mate 4x2 manual variants is a new entry-level 2.7-litre DOHC four-cylinder petrol engine producing 118kW at 5200rpm 241Nm of torque at 3800rpm.

Available in single, Xtra and double-cab 4x2 and 4x4 variants is a new 4.0-litre quad-cam VVT-i petrol V6 lifted from Toyota’s Prado SUV exclusively for Australia and producing 175kW at 5200rpm and a big 376Nm of torque from 3800rpm in auto guise - or 343Nm between 2400 and 4800rpm in manual form.

Completing the quantum leap in performance is a new 3.0-litre DOHC inline four-cylinder intercooled turbo-diesel with common rail direct injection and twin balance shafts.

Available only in single-cab/chassis and double-cab pick-up SR trim (4x2) and in single, Xtra and double-cab 4x4 guises, the new oil-burner produces 120kW at 3400rpm and 343Nm of torque from just 1400rpm – significantly up on both versions of the current HiLux diesel.

All models offer a shift-on-the-move two-speed transfer case and both V6 and turbo-diesel engines can be mated to a new five-speed automatic transmission.

In 2008, Toyota released the supercharged TRD HiLux in Australia after previewing it at the 2007 Melbourne motor show, soon after the company had been forced to slash the price of the TRD Aurion to boost sales.

The TRD HiLux was launched with two model variants, the sporty 4000S priced at $59,990 – almost $10,000 more than the SR5 Dual Cab on which it is based – and the more luxurious 4000SL, priced from $64,990.

Both are powered by the same forced induction 4.0-litre V6 engine with a water-to-air intercooler, which develops 225kW of power and 453Nm of torque running on premium unleaded petrol, and come with a standard five-speed automatic transmission.

They ride on 17-inch alloy wheels with 265/65 R17 all-terrain tyres and employ a modified and lowered suspension with retuned springs and high-performance Bilstein monotube shock absorbers with stone shields to protect them off-road.

Braking is provided by bigger front discs and calipers sourced from the Prado – 338mmx28mm rotors with four-piston calipers versus 294x25 discs and two-piston calipers on the standard HiLux – while ABS is standard.

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