2024 GWM Tank 330 with twin-turbo petrol V6 sells out in six seconds – report

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The Tank 300 off-road SUV from China’s Great Wall Motors has gained twin-turbo V6 petrol power – but Australian buyers shouldn’t get too excited.

A new version of the GWM Tank 300 four-wheel-drive from China – powered by a 3.0-litre twin-turbo petrol V6 engine – has been unearthed in government documents in China.

Named the 330, the limited-edition Tank 300 from GWM is reportedly limited to just 1000 examples, with prospective buyers invited to lay down a deposit of 20,000 yuan ($AU4250), according to Car News China – with all vehicle allocations selling out in just six seconds.

Now, documents published by the Chinese Ministry of Industry and Information (MIIT) show the Tank 330 is a reality, utilising a 3.0-litre twin-turbocharged V6 petrol engine – the same found in the forthcoming Toyota Prado-sized Tank 500 – producing 265kW and 500Nm.

It’s unclear whether the Tank 330 retains the mild-hybrid system found in its bigger sibling.

In Australia, the Tank 300 is available with a 2.0-litre turbocharged four-cylinder petrol engine producing 162kW and 380Nm, or a hybrid version which boosts power to 255kW.

The Tank 330’s exterior style is based on the very yellow Chinese-market Tank 300 Frontier Limited Edition, with steel bumpers front and rear, 20mm wider wheel arches, roof racks, rock-slider side steps, bonnet scoops and vents, and 18-inch beadlock-style wheels.

Images from the government approval documents show the Tank 330 finished in a dark matte grey, with black exterior highlights and wheels.

With the Tank 330 being a limited-edition variant for the Chinese market – for the time being, anyway – it is not expected the model will come to Australia just yet.

Drive has contacted GWM Australia for comment.

Those wanting a Tank with the twin-turbo V6 will have to wait for the 500 to arrive later this year.

While yet to be officially confirmed by the company, GWM Australia is currently testing the Tank 500 on local roads – as reported by Drive in June 2023 – with the model expected to go on sale as a value alternative to the Toyota LandCruiser and Prado.

Ben Zachariah is an experienced writer and motoring journalist from Melbourne, having worked in the automotive industry for more than two decades. Ben began writing professionally more than 15 years ago and was previously an interstate truck driver. He completed his MBA in Finance in early 2021 and is considered an expert on classic car investment.

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