Great Wall Motor (GWM) has provided details of its largest vehicle to date the Cannon Alpha ute.

Due here around mid-2024 the Alpha will be available with a choice of hybrid or diesel powertrains, potentially making it the first ute in Australia to offer a full hybrid powertrain.

The addition of the Alpha will be the GWM’s sixth electric vehicle, joining Jolion Hybrid, H6 Hybrid, Tank 300 Hybrid, Tank 500 Hybrid & Ora EV.

The range-topping 2.0-litre turbo petrol hybrid engine offers combined outputs of 255kW and 648Nm of torque while the 2.4-litre turbo diesel delivers 135kW of power and 480Nm of torque. Both are mated to a GWM-developed 9-speed automatic transmission.

Maximum braked towing capacity for both powertrains is 3500kg.

Featuring a brand new intelligent All-Terrain system with 3 driving modes, the Cannon Alpha also offers locking front and rear differentials. Mated to a world-class Borg Warner 4×4 transfer case.

Also available is a smart 60/40 split rear tailgate, which can be opened in two simple but effective ways. A short press on the button on the rear tailgate provides access to the rear tub via the 60/40 opening while a longer press on the same button opens the full tailgate while being supported by a soft-open feature.

Overall length is 5445mm (35mm longer than Cannon Ute), width is 1991mm (57mm wider than Cannon Ute) and height is 1924mm (38mm taller than Cannon Ute).

Wheelbase of 3350mm is also longer than that of existing Cannon Ute (by 120mm).

These larger dimensions allow for a roomier cabin abundant with highlight features and technology such as a 14.6-inch infotainment touchscreen, 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster, 10-speaker Infinity premium audio, wireless phone charging plus heated, ventilated and massaging front seats in luxurious Nappa leather (grade dependent).

Pricing and full feature list to be published closer to launch date.


About Alistair Kennedy

Alistair Kennedy is Automotive News Service and Marque Publishing's business manager and the company's jack-of-all-trades. An accountant by profession, he designs the Marque range of motoring book titles, operates the company's motoring bookshop on the NSW Central Coast and the associated web site, as well as its huge digital and hard copy database. Whenever we can escape from the office he does so to cover new vehicle releases and contributes news stories. Alistair's other interests include cricket and family history on which he has written three books.
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