2021 GWM Ute gains increased tow rating

The Ute is the latest value-packed Chinese-built dual-cab ute to arrive in Australia, with its three-'Cannon' range brimming with standard features

GWM UTE great wall cannon

GWM Australia has announced the maximum towing capacity for its brand-new dual-cab ute, simply called the Ute, has been increased by 750kg to 3000kg.

This should significantly assist the fortunes of the latest dual-cab ute on the Aussie market, which has been designed and engineered from the ground up, and promises to be a far cry from previous generation light commercial vehicles that wore the old Great Wall badge, including the rudimentary Steed.

GMW Ute Cannon

The initial Australian line-up consists of three 4x4 Dual Cab variants, the Cannon, Cannon-L and Cannon-X, which are each powered by an upgraded 2.0-litre turbo-diesel engine and eight-speed automatic transmission.

Pricing starts at just $33,990 drive-away, which is about $3000 more than the LDV T60 Pro but $6000 cheaper than the similarly equipped Ssangyong Musso Ultimate.

GWM aims Cannon ute at Australia

Putting it up against similarly specified versions of big-selling rivals such as the Toyota Hilux, Mitsubishi Triton and Ford Ranger brings five-digit savings. And while you expect them to be more capable off-road (we’re yet to test the either Cannon variant) this is more of a recreational offering that’s targeted at families seeking a good value ute with SUV comfort and features.

When it first arrived in November 2020 its 2250kg braked towing capacity fell well short of 3500kg capacity of most of its rivals. However, the entire range has been re-certified with a handier 3000kg towing capacity, with the maximum downball weight increasing to 300kg.

Until March 2021, anyone buying a new GWM Ute before end of March 2021 will receive $1000 worth of genuine GWM accessories. A $1000 trade-in bonus also applies to anyone trading in a Great Wall Steed or Haval vehicle for a GWM Ute during the same period.

The entry-level GWM Ute Cannon brings with it a seven-year unlimited-kilometre warranty, five-year roadside assist and a bunch of standard features, including:

  • 4x4 drivetrain with Torque On Demand
  • Rear differential lock
  • 9.0-inch LCD touchscreen with Apple CarPlay & Android Auto
  • Keyless entry
  • Push-button start
  • Comfort-Tek (Eco Leather seats)
  • Air-conditioning
  • Paddle shifters
  • Dash cam power outlet
  • 12v power outlet, 2 x front USB ports & 1 x rear USB port
  • Electronic parking brake  
  • Autonomous emergency braking (AEB) with pedestrian and cyclist protection and forward collision warning,
  • Lane departure warning, Lane keep assist, and Lane change assist
  • Rear Cross-Traffic Alert  
  • Adaptive cruise control  
  • Traffic sign Recognition and overspeed alert
  • Tyre pressure monitoring 
  • Reversing camera
  • Kerbside camera (passenger side)
  • Rear parking sensors
  • LED headlights with auto on/off
  • Daytime running lights
  • 7 airbags 
  • Hill-start assist
  • Hill descent control
  • 18-inch alloy wheels
  • Power adjustable door mirrors
  • Fog lamps with auto-steering function
  • Side steps
  • Shark fin antenna

Spending $37,990 drive-away brings the Cannon-L that adds the following features over the Cannon, including:

GWM Ute interior
  • Leather-wrapped steering wheel
  • Heated front seats
  • 6-way power-adjustable driver’s seat
  • Automatic climate control with Rear A/C Vents
  • Front parking sensors
  • 360-degree view camera
  • Sports bar
  • Premium 18’’ Alloy Wheel
  • Spray-in tub liner
  • Easy up/down tailgate
  • Cargo ladder
  • Chrome front grille, door handles and mirrors
  • Power-folding door mirrors
  • Roof rack
  • Privacy glass
  • Auto-dimming mirror
  • 220V power output

The range-topping Cannon-X is at $40,990 drive-away and adds the following features over and above the Cannon-L, including:  

  • Luxury interior with leather seats
  • Tilt and slide adjustable steering
  • 7-inch colour instrument cluster
  • Wireless charging
  • 4-way power-adjustable passenger seat
  • Power-assist steering modes
  • Door-open warning
  • Second-row 60/40 split seat
  • Voice Recognition

GWM aims Cannon ute at Australia

GWM Ute Specifications

  • 120kW/400Nm 2.0 litre turbodiesel engine  
  • ZF 8-speed automatic transmission
  • Towing capacity: 2250kg / 300kg downball weight
  • Fuel economy (combined): 9.4L per 100km
  • Suspension – Front Double Wishbone and Rear Leaf Spring
  • 4-wheel disc brakes
  • Length: 5410mm
  • Height: 1934mm
  • Width: 1886mm
  • Wheelbase: 3230mm
  • Track (front) :945mm
  • Track (rear): 1235mm
  • Ground clearance: 194mm (laden)
  • Approach angle: 27°
  • Departure angle: 25°
  • Ramp breakover angle: 21.1° (unladen)



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