Great Wall Motors unleashes its Land Cruiser fighter, the Tank 500
Remember when photos of the Tank 600 were leaked last week? The supposed Toyota Land Cruiser fighter not only looked the part, but it also seemed capable of taking on the road less traveled with ease.
Fast forward to the present, and Great Wall Motors has officially revealed the all-new SUV. But before we take a closer look at the rugged SUV, Great Wall renamed it the Tank 500. We're not entirely sure why they changed its name from the 600, but the SUV still looks the same when it was first leaked.
Starting with its design, the Tank 500 appears to have borrowed some styling cues from some of its closest rivals. The large LED headlights, huge front grille, and clamshell-style hood appear to be inspired by the Toyota Sequoia and Land Cruiser 200. Meanwhile, the chiseled body, muscular fenders, vertical taillights, and rear-mounted spare tire seem to be derived from the Nissan Patrol.
While the exterior looks imposing, the interior of the Tank 500 is more inviting. Both the seats and the door cards are covered in high-quality leather with a two-tone color scheme. It also has a massive 14.6-inch tablet-like touchscreen infotainment that can show navigation, media displays, and more, as well as a 12.3-inch digital instrument panel. Despite having a wide array of amenities, the Tank 500 still comes with an analog clock placed on the center stack; a neat touch that appears to be an allusion to Lexus.
Under the hood sits a 3.0-liter twin-turbo gasoline V6. It makes a whopping 354 PS along with 500 Nm of torque. Power is then sent to a 9-speed automatic gearbox with manual select. There's also a four-wheel-drive system with a low-range transfer box and locking differentials for the front, center, and rear.
With the Tank 500 now available in China, the question now is will Great Wall Motors offer it outside the People's Republic? At the moment, it seems to be a China-only vehicle. But given that Great Wall Motors already has a factory in Thailand, the company could actually start building it for the ASEAN market.
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