2023 GWM Ute
About the GWM Ute
China’s original ute maker has launched a new dual-cab that’s a heck of an advance on its predecessor. The nearly Ford Ranger-sized ute comes loaded with active safety features and more modern interior tech, plus mechanical improvements including an eight-speed ZF automatic transmission, rear differential lock, and disc brakes both front and rear.
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2022 GWM Cannon Ute on/off-road (inc. 0-100) review
We reviewed the GWM Ute. alittle while back, but it now has a 5 star safety rating (for vehicles purchased after August 2021, and. canbe retrofitted to other vehicles) and we wanted to have another crack in the top specification model. Paul Maric gets behind the wheel of the 2022 GWM Cannon X Ute to see if it's any good.
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GWM Ute Range Guide
The entry Cannon comes with:
- 18-inch alloy wheels
- Body-coloured bumpers, wheel arches and mirrors
- LED headlights with auto shutoff
- Daytime running lights and fog lights
- Side steps
- Proximity key fob and button start
- Fake leather seat trim
- Manual air-conditioning
- 9.0-inch centre touchscreen
- Apple CarPlay and Android Auto
- 2 x front and 1 x rear USB points
The mid-range Cannon-L gains:
- Sports bar in the tub
- Chrome grille, door handles and mirrors
- Auto-folding side mirrors
- Roof rack
- Privacy glass
- Different ‘premium’ 18-inch alloys
- Spray-in tub liner
- Counterbalanced tailgate
- Cargo ladder
- Leather steering wheel wrap
- Heated front seats and driver’s side power adjustments
- Climate control with rear-seat air vents
- Front parking sensors
- A 360-degree camera view
- Auto-dimming rear-view mirror
- 220V power socket
- ‘Luxury’ leather seats
- Tilt and slide adjustable steering
- 7.0-inch instrument cluster
- Wireless phone charging pad
- Power-adjustable passenger seat
- Power-assist steering modes
- Door open warning
- Second row 60/40 folding seat
- Voice recognition
The new top-spec GWM Ute Vanta:
- Leather upholstery
- Heated front seats
- Six-way power driver’s seat
- Four-way power passenger seat
- Leather-wrapped steering wheel
- 9.0-inch touchscreen infotainment system
- Wired Android Auto and Apple CarPlay
- 7.0-inch digital instrument cluster
- Wireless phone charger
- LED headlights
- Privacy glass
There’s also a suite of active safety and driver assist technology, including:
- Autonomous emergency braking with pedestrian and cyclist detection
- Lane-keep assist
- Adaptive cruise control
- Traffic sign recognition
- Surround-view camera
Price & Specs
Ignore the price, because the Cannon looks and feels pretty high-end from behind the wheel.
The range-topping Cannon-X has a unique dashboard trim compared to the L, and even has a different air vent on the passenger side to match its black-and-silver patterned finisher.
The design is a bit chintzy, but it does look more expensive than the models sitting below it in the range.
With plenty of storage in the doors, under the central armrest, the deep cupholders, and in the glovebox, you won’t struggle to find space for your iced coffee on the way to an early site inspection.
Although it’s not the last word in tactility, the climate dials, transmission shifter, and wheel buttons feel solid. The ‘luxury’ leather on the seats is a nice touch, as is the fact the front pews are heated.
The driving position is good, with plenty of adjustment for different body shapes in the seats and a steering wheel that adjusts for both reach and rake. Long days behind the wheel aren’t taxing, and burly tradies won’t struggle to wedge their frames in.
A surprisingly good looking ute, the GWM Cannon certainly gets noticed where ever it goes and given it drives as good as it looks, it's certainly not lacking in the design department with a bold look front and rear.
Cost of Ownership
GWM Australia offers capped-price servicing for the first five visits, required after the first six months or 5000km of ownership, and every 12 months or 10,000km after that.
The first service costs $260, the subsequent four each cost $360.
How it Drives
Under the bonnet is a reworked 2.0-litre turbo-diesel produced and developed in-house. Its outputs are 120kW of power and 400Nm of torque – a little below core rivals bar the LDV T60.
All versions come standard with an eight-speed automatic developed by ZF. There’s no manual option, but GWM now offers a choice of 4×2 and 4×4 models in the base Cannon.
The mid-range L and X models are still 4×4-only.
As is common for the ute class, the front and rear suspension make-up comprises double wishbones at the front and leaf springs at the back.
GWM Ute Safety Rating
Standard across all models are:
- Seven airbags including a front-centre ‘bag
- Reverse and passenger-kerbside camera views
- Reversing sensors
- Lane-departure warning and active lane-keep assist
- Rear cross-traffic alert
- Active or adaptive cruise control
- Traffic sign recognition and speed warning
- Tyre-pressure monitoring system
- Post-collision automatic unlock and fuel-cut functions
- Hill-start assist and hill-descent control braking
GWM Ute Warranty
The Ute Cannon-X is covered by a seven-year, unlimited-kilometre warranty.
GWM Ute Infotainment
The glossy 7 or 9.0-inch touchscreen sitting high in the the dashboard is generally good to use. The graphics are pretty sharp, and it responds quickly to inputs. Apple CarPlay worked reliably, but drivers who frequent remote areas with no mobile reception will bemoan the lack of factory satellite navigation.
The surround-view camera is class-leading, and its array of off-road views will make nervous pilots more comfortable on tight trails. Great Wall should kill the Chinese script that accompanies the “check surroundings” message, though.
One of the Cannon-X’s calling cards is its digital instrument binnacle, which is lifted from some of Haval’s crossovers. It’s a nice inclusion, but doesn’t really add much functionality given it can’t display maps.
Flicking through the different trip computer options is also harder than it should be, thanks to the clunky steering wheel controls. It’s not for off being good, but at the moment it just feel a bit first-generation.
There’s a lot of reflections off the dash and display in direct sunlight.
GWM Ute Boot Space
A very reasonably sized cargo tray for the GWM Cannon makes it a very viable alternative to the traditional Thai-built Utes such as the Ranger and Hilux.
GWM Ute Fuel Economy
Depending on the variant, view the 2023 GWM UTE fuel usage below.
All Highway, City, and Combined figures below are litres per 100km
|CANNON (4x2)||-||DUAL CAB UTILITY||DIESEL||-||-||8.3||-|
|CANNON (4x2)||NPW||DUAL CAB CHASSIS TRAY||DIESEL||-||-||8.4||-|
|CANNON (4x4)||-||DUAL CAB UTILITY||DIESEL||-||-||9.4||-|
|CANNON (4x4)||NPW||DUAL CAB CHASSIS TRAY||DIESEL||-||-||9.4||-|
|CANNON-L (4x4)||-||DUAL CAB UTILITY||DIESEL||-||-||9.4||-|
|CANNON-L (4x4)||NPW||DUAL CAB CHASSIS TRAY||DIESEL||-||-||9.4||-|
|CANNON-X (4x4)||-||DUAL CAB UTILITY||DIESEL||-||-||9.4||-|
|CANNON VANTA (4x4)||-||DUAL CAB UTILITY||DIESEL||-||-||9.4||-|
|CANNON-XSR (4x4)||-||DUAL CAB UTILITY||DIESEL||-||-||9.4||-|
GWM Ute Dimensions
It’s a pretty big ute: 5410mm long, 1886mm wide, 1934mm tall, riding on a 3230mm wheelbase.
GWM claims a laden ground clearance of 194mm, an approach angle of 27 degrees, a departure angle of 25 degrees, and a breakover angle of 21.1 degrees.
Depending on the variant, the 2023 GWM UTE measures as below.
|Variant||Series||Style||Length (mm)||Width (mm)||Height (mm)||Wheelbase (mm)|
|CANNON (4x2)||DUAL CAB UTILITY||5410||1934||1886||3230|
|CANNON (4x2)||NPW||DUAL CAB CHASSIS TRAY||5511||1934||1886||3230|
|CANNON (4x4)||DUAL CAB UTILITY||5410||1934||1886||3230|
|CANNON (4x4)||NPW||DUAL CAB CHASSIS TRAY||5511||1934||1886||3230|
|CANNON-L (4x4)||DUAL CAB UTILITY||5410||1934||1886||3230|
|CANNON-L (4x4)||NPW||DUAL CAB CHASSIS TRAY||5511||1934||1886||3230|
|CANNON-X (4x4)||DUAL CAB UTILITY||5410||1934||1886||3230|
|CANNON VANTA (4x4)||DUAL CAB UTILITY||5410||1934||1886||3230|
|CANNON-XSR (4x4)||DUAL CAB UTILITY||5410||1934||1886||3230|
The 2023 GWM UTE has a braked towing capacity of 3000kg and an unbraked towing capacity of 750kg.
GWM Ute Market Fit
The GWM Cannon is categorised as a Pick Up or Cab Chassis 4X2 and has a price range of $35,990 to $52,990.
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Should you buy the GWM Ute
All the good things about the lower-end Cannon range carry over here.
It’s still a solid performer on and off the road, and still represents great value compared to a HiLux or Ranger. It’s not a class-leader in any particular area, but it doesn’t need to be with a sticker price around $40,000 drive-away.
The addition of a five-star ANCAP safety rating hasn’t hurt its case, either.
Should you bother with the Cannon-X? It’s not essential. The Cannon-L is already loaded with standard kit, and the extras on the X are nice to have rather than absolutely critical.
Given value is one of the key draws of opting for a GWM, we’d be saving the extra $3000 and sticking with the mid-range model.