Chinese carmaker GWM clearly has no shame.
The Chinese car market has exploded in the past two decades, and with that tremendous growth in demand has come an influx of manufacturers eager to get in on the action. These days, brands such as Tesla are struggling to keep up with demand in China, and the nation's manufacturers have been left to develop questionable copies of Western Civilization's favorites such as the Porsche Macan, Hummer H1, and now the Toyota Land Cruiser. Wielding the surprisingly suitable moniker of "Tank 500," this Land Cruiser ripoff is the birth child of Chinese manufacturer Great Wall Motors, which is responsible for some interesting off-road creations.
At the recent 2021 Chengdu Auto Show in China, GWM presented the Tank 400 and the Tank 500, the brand's next two offerings in its ever-expanding range of body-on-frame SUVs. The Tank 500 previously made a public appearance in the form of teaser sketches but was then known as the Tank 600. Teasers and car shows aside, it's pretty obvious that GMW has shamelessly ripped off Toyota's design for the Land Cruiser 300 Series. The side profile is almost identical, and besides a botched nose job, the Tank 500 looks nearly identical to the Cruiser. The Tank 500 measures 199.6 inches in length, is 76.1 inches wide, 75 inches tall, and rides on a 112.2-inch wheelbase, which is "coincidentally" identical to that of the Toyota.
The Tank 500 means business: with a body-on-frame chassis, coil-spring suspension setup, and front and rear locking differentials, this machine is ready to go off-road. The ground clearance is 8.8 inches, and the wading depth is 31.5 inches. The approach and departure angles are 29.6 degrees and 24 degrees respectively. Under the hood, you'll find a turbocharged 3.0-liter V6 petrol engine mated to a 48-volt mild-hybrid system producing a total of 349 horsepower and 369 lb-ft of torque. The interior features a 12.3-inch instrument cluster, a Volvo-inspired gearbox selector, and even a Rolls-Royce-looking analog clock. The Tank 500 is a three-row SUV and can seat up to seven.
There's no info on pricing as yet, but local media sources expect this Toyota Land Cruiser in disguise to sell for the equivalent of around $46,000.