In a world that is leaving the ladder-frame chassis behind, comes the Wey Tank 300. Yes, it’s literally called a tank, and yes, it is Great Wall Motor’s latest effort to jump into the Jeep-like SUV market that seats 7.
First unveiled back in July, the Wey Tank 300 has captured the attention for its ladder-frame chassis and muscular design. Painted in orange here and paired with chunky fenders, you see shadows of the Jeep Wrangler and Ford Bronco only with attached doors.
Of course, that depends on the colour of the car. The car you see here is the Tank 300 on display at the 2020 Guangzhou Auto Show.
If presented in matte grey-green paint and kitted out with the usual off-roading tools like at the 2020 Beijing Auto Show, you are instantly reminded of the classic Toyota Land Cruiser.
The Tank 300 is powered by Great Wall Motor’s new 2.0-litre turbocharged engine paired with an 8-speed conventional automatic gearbox that produces 230 PS and 387 Nm. Power is sent to all four wheels.
In terms of size, the Tank 300 is much larger than the average SUV. It measures 4,720 x 1,930 x 1,927 mm in length, width and height - it’s a very boxy SUV - and has a wheelbase that measures 2,750 mm.
As a comparison, the Honda CR-V in Malaysia measures 4,623 x 1,855 x 1,679 mm and has a wheelbase of 2,660 mm. The Tank 300 is almost 100 mm longer than the CR-V!
But that’s not the only SUV you will see of the brand Wey. Along with the preview of the Tank 300, the company has revealed that they will be expanding on the Tank WEY platform the SUV is built on.
If the Tank 300 is already an SUV larger than life, how will the Tank 500 and Tank 700 look like? We can only hazard a guess the Tank 700 will be the size of a Hummer!
But the question remains, how will the Tank 300 fair in Borneo Safari?