Over the past day, two Chinese flagships managed to debut in Russia at once: Geely announced the start of Monjaro sales, and Great Wall held a presentation of the Tank 500 frame SUV.
The Pyatisotka is already the second model of the new brand after the Tank 300, whose sales officially started in Russia today, March 15. The “older” model will appear at dealers only on April 12, however, all technical characteristics, equipment and prices are already known.
In terms of dimensions (4878 x 1934 x 1905 mm; wheelbase – 2850 mm), the model is slightly larger than the Haval H9, while the clearance is higher here: 224 mm instead of 206. The fording depth is 800 mm versus 700 mm for the H9, the entry angle is 29, 5° (for H9 – 28°), departure angle – 24° (for H9 – 23°).
Under the hood is a 3.0-liter gasoline V6 with combined injection and two turbochargers, but compared to the version for China, its power is reduced from 354 to 299 hp. With. Torque – “full” 500 Nm, the motor is paired with a 9-speed “automatic”, which has a built-in 48-volt starter-generator. In the future, hybrid modifications are expected to appear in Russia (both with and without the possibility of recharging from the network) based on a 2.0-liter turbo engine.
Four-wheel drive – based on an electromagnetic clutch for connecting the front axle, there is a demultiplier (lowering factor – 2.64), a rear differential lock and 9 driving modes.
Like the Monjaro, the Tank 500 has only seven seats in its homeland: for the Russian market, the three-row interior layout was considered unprestigious. In front of the driver is a 12.3-inch “tidy”, to the right of it is a 14.6-inch touch screen multimedia system.
Already in the basic Adventure package (from 5,099,000 rubles), leather trim, heated and ventilated all seats (the front ones are electrically adjustable), three-zone climate control, a head-up display and cruise control are available. The Tank 500 in the Premium version (from 5,699,000 rubles) is additionally equipped with a front differential lock, retractable footrests, power steering, an Infinity audio system with 12 speakers and an expanded set of electronic assistants, as well as improved sound insulation.
Thus, now it is the most expensive “Chinese” in Russia with a full-fledged internal combustion engine. However, the slightly more affordable Exeed VX (from 4.91 million rubles) is practically devoid of off-road qualities and offers only a 2.0-liter turbo four (249 hp, 385 Nm). The frame Haval H9 can be bought for about a million cheaper, but the model that debuted back in the mid-2010s is already beginning to become obsolete.