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Where the new GWM Tank 300 ranks in South Africa’s tough 4×4 segment

At long last, the new GWM Tank 300 has touched down in South Africa with prices for the rugged off-roader starting at R725,950.

In the realm of 4×4 SUVs, the new GWM is a rather capable entry and is simultaneously competitively priced compared to the more established players out there.

While it has a raft of nice-to-haves that are sure to keep passengers coddled in comfort, the main draw card of the Tank 300 is that it will be able to conquer the great outdoors whilst doing so.

The base model of the SUV comes with a turbocharged 2.0-litre petrol powerplant that develops 167kW and 387Nm and is matched with an eight-speed automatic transmission.

A rear differential lock is included as standard, as is an electronic four-wheel-drive system with a “central locking function” that provides Standard, Standard 2H, Standard 4H, Snow 4H, Expert 4L, Irregular, Mountain, Mud, and Rock settings.

The Chinese Tank additionally brings three handy features that are intended to make it more capable off the beaten track, comprising Crawl Control, Tank Turn, and Chassis View.

Crawl Control can be applied between 4-12km/h and keeps the vehicle at a steady pace off-road, similar to using cruise control on-road.

Tank Turn, meanwhile, locks the inside wheels around a corner to reduce the turning circle, ensuring more manoeuvrability than in other vehicles of this size.

Chassis View is perfect for when a driver doesn’t have a route spotter to assist them over tricky obstacles, as it uses the wide-angle front camera to display what’s going on under the vehicle’s nose on the central infotainment screen.

Rolling around on 17-inch alloys, the 300 also boasts a ride height of 224mm and a maximum water-wading depth of 700mm.

Its approach and departure angles come in at a relatively aggressive 33 and 34 degrees, respectively, allowing the bumpers to stay unscathed over testing terrains.

In The Shark Tank

This is how the new GWM Tank 300 compares to 4×4 SUVs with similar abilities that are currently on sale in South Africa.

Click on the underlined names for more information.


Price

Model Price
Mahindra Scorpio-N 2.2D Z8 4Xplor R573,199
Baic B40 Plus 2.0TDi R574,500
GWM Tank 300 2.0T Super Luxury 4×4 R725,950
Toyota Fortuner 2.4GD-6 4×4 R733,100
Mitsubishi Pajero Sport 2.4DI-D 4×4 R854,990
Isuzu mu-X 3.0TD LS 4×4 R902,700
Ford Everest 2.0BiTurbo 4×4 XLT R973,100
Jeep Wrangler Unlimited 3.6 Sport R1,019,900
Ineos Grenadier 3.0TD R1,717,100


Power and fuel consumption

Model Power Fuel consumption
Baic B40 Plus 2.0TDi 110kW/350Nm 8.5l/100km
Toyota Fortuner 2.4GD-6 4×4 110kW/400Nm 7.6l/100km
Mahindra Scorpio-N 2.2D Z8 4Xplor 129kW/400Nm 6.9l/100km
Mitsubishi Pajero Sport 2.4DI-D 4×4 133kW/430Nm 8.1l/100km
Isuzu mu-X 3.0TD LS 4×4 140kW/450Nm 7.6l/100km
Ford Everest 2.0BiTurbo 4×4 XLT 154kW/500Nm 7.5l/100km
GWM Tank 300 2.0T Super Luxury 4×4 162kW/380Nm 9.5l/100km
Ineos Grenadier 3.0TD 183kW/550Nm 9.3l/100km
Jeep Wrangler Unlimited 3.6 Sport 209kW/347Nm 9.7l/100km


Dimensions and weight

Model Length x Width x Height Kerb weight
Baic B40 Plus 2.0TDi 4,645mm x 1,925mm x 1,871mm 2,140kg
Mahindra Scorpio-N 2.2D Z8 4Xplor 4,662mm x 1,917mm x 1,905mm 1,885kg
GWM Tank 300 2.0T Super Luxury 4×4 4,760mm x 1,930mm x 1,903mm 2,155kg
Toyota Fortuner 2.4GD-6 4×4 4,795mm x 1,855mm x 1,835mm 2,130kg
Mitsubishi Pajero Sport 2.4DI-D 4×4 4,825mm x 1,815mm x 1,805mm 2,080kg
Isuzu mu-X 3.0TD LS 4×4 4,850mm x 1,870mm x 1,820mm 2,065kg
Ineos Grenadier 3.0TD 4,855mm x 1,930mm x 2,050mm 2,718kg
Jeep Wrangler Unlimited 3.6 Sport 4,882mm x 1,894mm x 1,891mm 1,900kg
Ford Everest 2.0BiTurbo 4×4 XLT 4,940mm x 2,015mm x 1,844mm 2,341kg


Approach and departure angles

Model Approach angle Departure angle
Mahindra Scorpio-N 2.2D Z8 4Xplor 27.2° 21.3°
Toyota Fortuner 2.4GD-6 4×4 29.0° 25.0°
Mitsubishi Pajero Sport 2.4DI-D 4×4 30.0° 24.2°
Isuzu mu-X 3.0TD LS 4×4 30.0° 26.0°
Ford Everest 2.0BiTurbo 4×4 XLT 30.4° 23.3°
GWM Tank 300 2.0T Super Luxury 4×4 33.0° 34.0°
Jeep Wrangler Unlimited 3.6 Sport 35.2° 30.5°
Ineos Grenadier 3.0TD 36.2° 36.1°
Baic B40 Plus 2.0TDi 37.0° 31.0°


Ground clearance and water wading depth

Model Ground clearance Water wading depth
Mahindra Scorpio-N 2.2D Z8 4Xplor 187mm 500mm
Baic B40 Plus 2.0TDi 210mm 600mm
Mitsubishi Pajero Sport 2.4DI-D 4×4 218mm 700mm
Ford Everest 2.0BiTurbo 4×4 XLT 220mm 800mm
GWM Tank 300 2.0T Super Luxury 4×4 224mm 700mm
Jeep Wrangler Unlimited 3.6 Sport 232mm 760mm
Isuzu mu-X 3.0TD LS 4×4 235mm 800mm
Ineos Grenadier 3.0TD 264mm 800mm
Toyota Fortuner 2.4GD-6 4×4 279mm 700mm


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