GWM Tank 300 Hybrid interiors and design
Measuring up at 4760mm long with a 2750mm wheelbase the GWM Tank 300 Hybrid does a good job of eking out enough cabin space to comfortably accommodate adults front and rear – although the middle rear passenger won't enjoy the experience much.
The boot is only adequate in size. And you soon figure out why – the hybrid’s high-voltage battery sits under the floor. That’s also why the full-size spare tyre is mounted on the tailgate, making it heavier to open and close.
Compared to the likes of the Wrangler and the 70 Series, the Tank 300 Hybrid is far more luxurious in its cabin materials, presentation and seating.
The big screens dominate initial impression, but then you notice the polished metal-look trim, quilting in the seats and doors, Mercedes-Benz-like round air vents and – more jarringly – a huge gear selector that looks like it might still be under construction.
The seats are soft and well bolstered up-front and there is no shortage of storage choices including a sizable centre-lidded bin, door pockets and glovebox. All up, GWM claims there are 46 storage spaces in the cabin.
The steering wheel adjusts for reach and rake and there are manual gear selector paddles mounted behind it.
GWM Tank 300 Hybrid engine specs
Turbo-diesel engines are the usual choice in the 4x4 off-road segment (although the Wrangler uses a petrol V6).
But the GWM Tank 300 Hybrid goes its own way with a direct injection 2.0-litre turbo-petrol engine, an e-motor and a small 1.8kWh lithium-ion battery.
The powertrain produces a combined 258kW and 615Nm. The power number is impressive, but the torque number is the big deal. That’s in turbo-diesel stump pulling territory.
The GWM Tank 300 Hybrid drives all four wheels via a nine-speed auto and a BorgWarner 4x4 system that allows it to run in all-wheel drive all the time. It also has low range for off-road work.
The GWM Tank 300 Hybrid has the ability to drive as an EV at low speeds, predominantly use its petrol engine at medium to high speeds and use both engine and e-motor off-road.
The car weighs in at a meaty 2331kg (tare), so it’s a heavy SUV for its segment. But it also has a 2500kg braked towing capacity, which is a more impressive number.
GWM Tank 300 Hybrid fuel efficiency
One of the big reasons that car companies – notably Toyota – promote hybrid technology is the amount of fuel they can save compared to a vehicle with a traditional internal combustion engine set-up.
But GWM says the primary reason it went hybrid with the Tank 300 Hybrid was for performance reasons. It wanted all that torque and it wanted the e-motor to deliver it low-down in the rev range where the 2.0-litre engine would be at its weakest in terms of response.
That’s reflected in the 10.3L/100km figure the GWM Tank 300 Hybrid was originally homologated with in Australia.
However, GWM’s having another go and expects that to be reset at 8.5L/100km. The fuel tank size is 75 litres and at the revised number that equates to a range around 850km.
Happily, the GWM Tank 300 Hybrid runs on the cheapest 91 RON fuel.