Australia’s first full hybrid ute is on it’s way.

The Alpha of the pack has officially been named.

In the next step of GWM’s vision of an electric future, the Cannon ute will be released with a Hybrid setup. Designed to be bigger and stronger than the current utes, the Alpha aims to be at the top of the Cannon heirarchy.

You can register your interest or place a pre-order from our enquiry form here.

On The Outside

According to released specs, the Cannon Alpha’s size is larger than the current utes but smaller than the larger class RAM and Silverado. Up from it’s smaller siblings, the Alpha sits 130mm longer in the wheelbase, is 57mm wider, 38mm taller and 35mm longer.

New to the Cannon range, the tailgate has been redesigned to drop traditionally or swing open with a 60:40 split. This could mean getting things in and out of the tray would be easier.

Under the bonnet

The Alpha with arrive with two different engines. Similar to the Tank 500 is a 2.0L turbo petrol hybrid engine offering 255kW and 648Nm. The diesel has been upgraded to a 2.4l turbo diesel with 135kW and 480Nm. This increase in size and power boosts its towing capacity up to 3,500kgs and will be driven by a 9 speed auto and an on-demand 4WD system.

On The Inside

GWM is known for fitting state of the art technology in all it’s vehicles and the Alpha does not miss out. There is a 14.6 inch touchscreen infotainment system which perfectly displays the 360 camera view and clear chassis view. There’s also a large fully digital 12.3 inch instument cluster that will clearly show all the essential guages, alerts and safety systems.

The grades have not yet been announced by expect it to be similar to the Tank 500 where luxury will be paramount. We expect to see heated and cooled leather seats, possibly upholstered in Nappa leather with possibly a massaging system. Infinity premium audio could also be included with up to 10 speakers in addition to seperate climate controls and charging ports for rear passengers. Electric Sunroof will be available as seen in photos and a sliding rear window which is unsure to be electric or manual at this stage.

Safety and Warranty

GWM is committed to safety and has made most of it’s safety systems standard across the full range of vehicles in it’s garage. This includes forward collission alert and mitigation, lane departure warning with lane keep assist and blind spot warning. Full details will be available closer to release date but by comparison if you can find it on another GWM model then it should be available with the Alpha.

Warranty is the same across the range with 7 years and unlimited kms coupled with 5 years of Capped price servicing and roadside assistance.


External colours are still to be confimed as well as the grades available. Pricing is also unknown but the current Cannon XSR is currently on sale at $49,990 driveaway in Victoria so expect it to be a higher than that.

Not much else is known about the range at the moment so keep an eye out on our main website, register below for us to keep you up to date or follow us on facebook.


We are also taking pre-orders subject to final test drive and pricing. This will allow customers the flexibility of securing their ute in our first shipment while still allowing them to make changes when pricing is released and the vehicles are available for test drive.

For more information from GWM’s official website click here.

To register your interest with us or to place a pre-order, you can contact us on (03) 8595 6759 or complete our enquiry from here.

Tank 500 announced with 7 luxury seats and Hybrid drivetrain.

GWM is growing bigger and the next vehicle is it’s expansion in Australia is the Tank 500. Designed to replace the H9 from a few years back, the Tank 500 is a large 7 seat wagon built with family comfort and fuel economy in mind.

*some photos and pictures are sourced online and show the overseas version. Australian released vehicle may differ.

To secure your Tank 500 click here.

On the Outside

The Tank 500 is a large SUV with bold lines and subtle highlights. Like its smaller sibling the Tank 300, there will be two grades on release with the Lux arriving months earlier than the Ultra. LED headlights and DRL’s will adorn either side of the large front grille while color coded bumpers, parking sensors and door handles will ensure a classy unified look.

Not much more is known until official specifications are released but the overseas Tank 500 measures 5078mm in length, 1934mm wide and 1905mm high.

Four colors have been slated for release being the black, white, silver and gold.

On the Inside

Similar to the Tank 300, only luxury will be offered initially with both models having a full leather interior, heated front seats and sunroof. The interior is set to be black themed although a lighter tan trim and a white trim is available overseas. Confirmation of color combinations will come from GWM with the official release.

A large 14 inch touchscreen will display Apple carplay and Android Auto in it’s full glory as well as a super clear view of your surroundings with the 360 degree camera system.

A 12 inch display is set inside the instrument cluster to provide full digital readouts as well as important information.

Power Delivery

Following GWM’s vision of an electronic future, the Tank 500 will be available with a 2.0 litre turbo charged hybrid engine similar to the Tank 300. This sporty little engine will push out 255kW of power with 648Nm of torque. Coupled with a 9 speed auto transmission with full-time 4WD driveline, the Tank 500 will be no slouch either with a braked towing capacity of 3,000kg.

World class intelligent 4WD technology will almost let you drive the Tank 500 anywhere. There will be an all terrain control sytem with 11 modes as well as a low range and rear differential lock which will give you exceptional off road capabilities.


The Tank 500 has just been announced with various websites reporting it’s arrival. Expectations will be that stock will be available in the coming months for the Lux and later in the year for the Ultra.

Ralph D’Silva GWM have starting taking pre-orders so customers can secure the first vehicles available once stock arrives at the dealership. You can contact us by calling (03) 8595 6759 or email us by clicking here.

For more information from GWM Australia please click here.