The all-new Toyota Land Cruiser 300 may have just been launched recently, but it looks like it might already face some competition from China. While some might say the Land Cruiser is in a league of its own, Great Wall Motors (GWM) likes to believe it has built a vehicle to match it.
This is the GWM Tank 600, and it looks lean and mean. It's set to debut before the year ends and will serve as the brand's flagship SUV. But what will this beast of an SUV actually offer once it's officially revealed?
Let's start by looking at the design sketches of the upcoming SUV. On looks alone, the Tank 600 appears to have a muscular design. From its bold front grille, overly-sized alloy wheels, huge fender flares, and rugged rear, the GWM's new flagship SUV looks menacing.
But thanks to a leaked photo of the supposed Tank 600 (as seen at the very top), it looks like GWM slightly toned down its looks for the production version. It still gets a big grille up front, but the chiseled lines and overall muscular appearance are more tamed compared to the design sketches. We have yet to see the Tank 600 from different angles, but it appears GWM borrowed some inspiration from both the Toyota Land Cruiser and the Nissan Patrol in designing their large SUV.
Under the hood, the Tank 600 will supposedly have a 3.0-liter twin-turbo V6. Reportedly dubbed the 6Z30, the motor will reportedly put out 354 PS and 500 Nm of torque. Power will then be sent to an 8-speed automatic transmission derived from ZF. Aside from a twin-turbo V6, GWM will apparently introduce a hybrid version of the Tank 600, too.
There's no exact date yet as to when Great Wall Motors will launch the Tank 600. But if the leaked photo is to be believed, then it might not be long before it's revealed to the public. Will the Tank 600 be able to impress? Or will Great Wall Motors' big SUV just be all show?