TANK 700 Has Launched in China, and will Challenge Toyota Prado

Kevin WongMar 11, 2024, 01:27 AM

GWM TANK 300 HEV and GWM TANK 500 HEV, the mainstay products in the Chinese market, have previously entered into Thailand market. On Feb 26th, TANK 700 Hi4-T was officially launched in the Chinese market, with its sights directly on the Toyota Prado. It is worth noting that the Prado, as a globalized model, holds an authority in the SUV field since it can deal with all types of rough roads and it has earned a good reputation due to its reliability. Although TANK mainly sells off-road vehicles, and the product capabilities of TANK 300 and TANK 500 are decent, the newly launched TANK 700 explicitly targets Prado as its competition, indicating its ambitious aspirations.


The TANK 700 Hi4-T is currently only available in the Chinese market, but considering its ambition to become an authoritative model, it is highly likely that the TANK 700 will become a globalized model. Thus, let's take a first look at its appearance and see what are the highlights.


The TANK 700 Hi4-T is priced between CNY 428,000 to 700,000 (approximately THB 2,133,000 to 3,489,000). The regular versions are priced at CNY 428,000 and CNY 468,000, while the limited edition model, equipped with carbon fiber exterior kits, is priced at CNY 700,000. As the latest flagship model of the TANK series, the TANK 700 Hi4-T still adopts the mecha-style design language. Although the overall design may not have been universally accepted by some consumers, it is exciting that TANK has finally developed its design language and style. Additionally, the new car is equipped with a 3.0T engine matched with a P2 hybrid power system. Compared to the TANK 500, it is believed that this combination will significantly improve the fuel efficiency of the 3.0T V6 engine in the TANK 700 Hi4-T.





The things we should know about TANK 700 Hi4-T:

The TANK 700 Hi4-T maintains the TANK series' strong off-road capabilities and configurations. While its mecha-style design may not appeal to all consumers, it provides improved approach and departure angles suitable for off-road driving. The new vehicle boasts an approach angle (standard 32°, maximum 37.8°), departure angle (standard 33°, maximum 37.6°), ramp angle (standard 22.5°, maximum 28.6°), and a water fording depth of up to 900mm (in the raised state, it's 970mm), which make it well-equipped to handle a wide range of off-road terrains.





The vehicle is equipped with an intelligent mechanical four-wheel-drive system, capable of switching between two-wheel drive, intelligent four-wheel drive, high-speed four-wheel drive, and low-speed four-wheel drive modes. This system, combined with the Mlock mechanical locking system and three differential locks at the front, middle, and rear, provides the most optimal solutions for the vehicle on complex surfaces with varying levels of traction. Additionally, the vehicle is equipped with a detachable stabilizer bar, offering different riding experiences on various road surfaces.





Concerning driving modes, the TANK 700 Hi4-T has 12 driving/terrain modes, placing it at the forefront among similar all-terrain off-road vehicles. The major modes include snow, mud, sand, 4A, 4H, 4L, rock, water crossing, and so on.


In terms of design, the TANK 700 Hi4-T continues the armored style of the TANK 400 Hi4-T. While the current armored design of TANK may differ significantly from the most successful exterior design of the TANK 300 model, it at least exhibits a more distinctive visual language compared to the somewhat muddy exterior design of the TANK 500.





The front face of the TANK 700 Hi4-T features a large irregularly shaped grille with horizontal chrome slats. The bold design concept, coupled with refined detailing, creates a striking visual impact.









In terms of dimensions, the new vehicle measures 5090/2061/1952mm in length, width, and height respectively, with a wheelbase of 3000mm. The unique design of the waistline on the vehicle's side echos the window lines, while the muscular shapes of the front and rear wheel arches accentuate a powerful presence, creating a highly dynamic atmosphere.

At the rear, there is an externally mounted spare tire with a cover, and the tail lights and indicators adopt a split design, with the tailgate opening on the side. Finally, the TANK 700 Hi4-T's towing package includes a 12,500-pound front winch, a 2.5-ton electric trailer hook, and a trailer power outlet.







The interior of TANK 700 Hi4-T reveals a luxurious and distinctive style. The actual vehicle's interior is wrapped in red, matched by extensive metal cladding, creating a prestigious and refined atmosphere. The car is equipped with advanced features with a five-screen interaction, including an LCD instrument panel, a floating central control screen, and a HUD (Head-Up Display), providing users with a more intelligent and convenient driving experience.







The TANK 700 Hi4-T is also equipped with advanced intelligent driving assistance systems, including adaptive cruise control, lane departure warning, blind-spot monitoring, and other functions, effectively enhancing driving safety. Additionally, the TANK 700 Hi4-T features intelligent connectivity capabilities, supporting remote control via smartphones, voice commands, and more, providing drivers with a more convenient and intelligent driving experience.







In terms of seats, the vehicle is equipped with ultra-wide-angle Light Cloud seats, with front and rear rows featuring ventilation, heating, and massage functions, along with adjustable wing-shaped headrests. The front seats also come with independent leg supports, while the rear seat backrest supports a 141° wide-angle adjustment. Additionally, the vehicle will feature a 16-speaker Harman Kardon premium sound system.

Regarding NVH within the car, the TANK 700 Hi4-T adopts Harman Kardon Active Noise Cancellation (ANC) technology, including generating counteracting waves with the audio system that have the same frequency but opposite phase to the engine's low-frequency order noise, effectively reducing engine low-frequency order noise by 5-20 decibels.

The TANK 700 Hi4-T continues to utilize the unique Hi4-T hybrid technology, pairing a 3.0T V6 twin-turbocharged engine with a P2 electric motor, resulting in a combined maximum power of 385 kW and a torque as high as 800 N·m (850 N·m for the limited edition). Notably, this marks the first time GWM's 3.0T V6 engine is integrated into a hybrid system. When previously deployed in the TANK 500 independently, the engine's fuel efficiency was disappointing. With the addition of the Hi4-T hybrid system, there is hope for optimized fuel consumption performance for this engine.





At the same time, the TANK 700 Hi4-T adopts the 9HAT gear ratio design, with a gear ratio range spanning from 1st gear to 9th gear, achieving a ratio span of 8.84 times. This ensures optimal power output for the vehicle across various road conditions. Furthermore, the TANK 700 Hi4-T is equipped with a hydraulic torque converter, effectively buffering and attenuating the torsional vibrations of the transmission system, preventing transmission system overload, while simultaneously enhancing engine torque.






The new vehicle is equipped with air springs and CDC electromagnetic shock absorbers. The air springs have a maximum upward travel of 70mm and a maximum downward travel of 50mm, endowing the vehicle with enhanced off-road capabilities in scenarios such as gravel and water crossings to achieve a better handling experience. The Full-Time-AWD structure, including mechanical four-wheel drive and three locks, is retained. With the standard MLock mechanical lock on all models, torque distribution between the front and rear axles can be maintained at 50:50, offering users a more comprehensive power output and outstanding off-road capabilities. Even when only one wheel has traction, the vehicle can output 100% torque, assisting in extricating the vehicle from challenging situations.

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