New 4×4 SUV coming to South Africa – pricing and features

 ·16 May 2023

Chinese automaker GWM plans to launch the new Tank 300 in South Africa, and it’s expected to retail from a starting price of R685,900.

According to TopAuto, this was confirmed by the COO of Haval Motors South Africa, Conrad Groenewald, who added the top-spec variation would retail for around R 851,900.

The automaker is yet to reveal the 300’s official launch date but did say that it will be the first model in the new Tank range, with the larger Tank 500 “likely to follow early next year.”

The 300 is described as a rugged “ORV” (off-road vehicle) that will be taking on the likes of the BAIC B40 Plus and Jeep Wrangler, sporting burly styling, decent off-roading credentials, and high-tech features.

The Tank 300 will be on display to visitors this week at Nampo Harvest Day in Bothaville, Free State, alongside its siblings, the new EV Ora – the cheapest electric car in the country – and a limited-edition P-Series double cab.

GWM’s newest SUV is already on sale in global markets such as the Middle East, China, and Australia.


According to TopAuto, with the Tank’s launch date still undisclosed, GWM has yet to announce its specifications nor the complete line-up.

However, looking at Australia’s spec sheet to get an idea of what’s on offer reveals that the 4×4 SUV will come with a 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster and infotainment system, a nine-speaker sound system, an electric driver seat, ambient lighting, automatic LED lights, and 17-inch alloy wheels.

The official South African pricing and specifications for the upcoming Tank 300 are expected to be announced either at Nampo or when the SUV goes on sale later this year, reported TopAuto.

“We believe both business and leisure buyers will be impressed with what they see,” said Groenewald.


The new SUV is entering the market with two engine options.

One is a 2.0-litre, four-cylinder, turbo-petrol engine generating 162kW and 387Nm, combined with an eight-speed automatic transmission option. This includes a part-time four-wheel-drive setup with 2H, 4H, and 4L settings.

The second is a hybrid configuration (HEV) that generates up to 258kW and 615Nm and connects to a nine-speed auto-box with full-time 4WD.

Groenwald from GWM said that the Tank sits on a ladder-frame chassis, similar to the P-Series giving it “serious offroad credentials,”

The high-rider Tank 300 also boasts a 224mm ground clearance as well as an approach angle of 33 degrees, and a departure angle of 34 degrees.

GWM Tank 300 

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