2023 GWM Ute cab chassis coming soon to Australia


A workhorse cab-chassis version of the GWM Ute is on its way to Australia – a few months later than planned but still due here by the end of this year.

Alex Misoyannis

Above: Drive’s interpretation of how the GWM Ute cab chassis will look.

The 2023 GWM Ute cab chassis is bound for Australia within the coming months, Drive understands.

Originally confirmed late last year for an early 2022 launch, a double-cab version of the Great Wall Motors ute with a tub-delete option is now expected in showrooms some time in October or November, Drive understands.

Complete technical details and pricing are yet to be confirmed, however GWM recently filed certification documents for a double cab-chassis Ute (below), with four doors, the same styling as the dual-cab pick-up on sale now, and a standard automatic transmission.

While GWM is yet to reveal pricing, cab-chassis versions of rival utes cost $1000 to $2000 less than equivalent pick-up grades. The current GWM Ute range is priced from $35,990 to $45,490 drive-away.

Above: How the cab-chassis GWM Ute appears in certification documents.

Single-cab chassis and pick-up versions of the GWM Ute – with unique front-end styling – were certified by GWM in Australia about a year ago, however a statement published by GWM late last year indicates the dual-cab chassis (imagined, top of story) will be offered.

Powering the GWM Ute cab chassis is the same 2.0-litre turbocharged four-cylinder diesel engine as the pick-up on sale today, developing 120kW and 400Nm, with a standard eight-speed automatic transmission, and choice of rear- or selectable four-wheel drive.

Gross Vehicle Masses are unchanged compared to the pick-ups, at 2980kg with two-wheel drive, or 3130kg with four-wheel drive.

Australian government documents reveal a much broader expansion of the GWM Ute range could be on the cards – including a six-speed manual transmission for the dual-cab pick-up, and a single-cab body with cab-chassis and pick-up styles, two- or four-wheel drive, and manual or automatic transmissions.

However, none of these have been confirmed for showrooms. The six-speed manual, dual-cab pick-up was initially hinted for launch a year ago – however this has not eventuated.

Stay tuned to Drive for more news on the 2023 GWM Ute cab chassis, as its expected launch within the coming months approaches.

Alex Misoyannis

Alex Misoyannis has been writing about cars since 2017, when he started his own website, Redline. He contributed for Drive in 2018, before joining CarAdvice in 2019, becoming a regular contributing journalist within the news team in 2020. Cars have played a central role throughout Alex’s life, from flicking through car magazines as a young age, to growing up around performance vehicles in a car-loving family.

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