GWM broadens electrified lineup with Shanhai plug-in hybrid pick-up truck
Remember when Great Wall Motors (GWM) revealed the stylish and luxurious Shanhai pick-up truck last year? Essentially the Tank 500 with a bed at the back, the Shanhai combines the utilitarian use of a workhorse with the opulence of a high-end SUV.
Fast forward to Auto Shanghai 2023, and GWM has revealed an electrified version of the pick-up truck. Dubbed the GWM Shanhai PHEV, it’s set to produce fewer emissions compared to the regular ICE versions, as well as deliver more torque to help with hauling cargo.
The exterior styling of the Shanhai remains the same as its regular ICE variant. However, it gets a new “PHEV” badge on its unique split-type tailgate to remind everyone that this is no ordinary pick-up. We also noticed that it now has two gas cap lids. While the other is for the fuel tank, the other one serves as the pick-up’s charging port in order to recharge the battery pack.
Other aspects of the PHEV pick-up are also shared with the ICE variants like the stylish alloy wheels, bold front grille, eye-catching LED headlights/taillights, and the generous use of chrome accents/trim pieces.
GWM did not go into specifics about the Shanhai’s PHEV powertrain. Despite not releasing any details, it’s highly likely that it’s the same 2.0-liter turbo plug-in hybrid powertrain found in the Tank 500 PHEV. With that, it might generate 400 PS and a whopping 750 Nm of torque. Power is then sent to all four wheels via a 9-speed automatic gearbox.
Compared to the regular twin-turbo V6 which already makes an impressive 354 PS and 500 Nm of torque, the electrified plug-in version squashes the six-cylinder version thanks to PHEV technology.
There’s no word yet if the Shanhai or Tank 500 will be offered to the Philippines in the future. But with GWM Philippines already offering electrified vehicles in the form of the Haval H6 and Jolion, they could further expand their offering with the hybrid versions of the Shanhai and Tank 500.