The GWM Tank 300 has gotten a heart transplant, but it’s unclear if this more powerful model will come to Australia.
Car News China reports the more powerful off-roader appeared in a Chinese Ministry of Industry and Information Technology (MIIT) filing featuring a beefed-up body kit and a more powerful combustion engine.
UPDATE, 16/01/2024: GWM Australia confirmed the Tank 330 will not be available in Australia.
“Our focus currently is on continuing the successful local launch of Tank 300. We don’t have any plans at this stage to broaden the Tank 300 range as we are happy with the petrol and hybrid powertrain options we currently have on offer,” a spokesperson from GWM Australia told CarExpert.
According to the filing, the Tank 330 – as it’s badged – packs a turbocharged 3.0-litre V6 engine with 265kW of power and 500Nm of torque.
We’ve contacted GWM Australia to confirm if the Tank 330 is coming here.
The Tank 330’s exterior enhancements resemble those of the limited edition Tank 300 Frontier not offered here.
It features new 18-inch wheels in 265/70R18 tyres, while options include a yellow exterior finish, a rear spoiler, a revised bonnet and a roof rack.
The Tank 330 will reportedly measure 4772mm long, up 12mm on the regular 300, as well as 1970mm (+40mm) wide, 1960mm (+57mm) tall on a 2750mm wheelbase.
The approach angle has been adjusted to 36 degrees for the Tank 330, up from 33 degrees on the standard Tank 300. The departure angle has increased from 34 degrees to 37 degrees.
In Australia, GWM sold 1932 examples of its Tank 300 in 2023, its first year on the market, which includes both combustion-powered and hybrid models.
GWM offers four variants of the off-roader in Australia. Pricing starts from $46,990 drive-away for the Lux and tops out at $60,990 drive-away for the Ultra Hybrid.
The 2023 GWM Tank 300 uses a turbocharged 2.0-litre four-cylinder engine producing 162kW of power and 380Nm of torque, mated with an eight-speed automatic transmission.
The Tank 300 hybrid uses a turbocharged 2.0-litre four-cylinder engine producing 180kW of power at 5500-6000rpm and 380Nm of torque at 1700-4000rpm, paired with a 78kW/268Nm electric motor.
Total system outputs are 258kW and 615Nm.
All Tank 300 hybrid models offered in Australia have front and rear locking differentials, a tank turn function and crawl mode.