GWM Ute 2023 review: Canon X

Our test vehicle is the Cannon X, which is the top-end variant of GWM’s three-tier lineup, which includes the entry-level Cannon and mid-level Cannon L. automatic like its siblings, for a $45,490 Plus ORC list.

The optional Pittsburgh Silver Prestige paint on our example adds an additional $595. Even so, the Cannon X represents excellent value for money compared to more traditional (non-Chinese or Korean) competitors. For example, the new Ford Ranger lineup’s 2.0-liter Bi-Turbo Wildtrak is $67,190, Nissan’s Pro-4X Warrior is $69,990, and Toyota’s latest Rogue HiLux flagship is $70,200. .

The GWM Ute has 18-inch alloy wheels. (Photo: Mark Oastler)

So if your jaw doesn’t drop at such a saving on the purchase price, it’ll probably hit the ground when you find out how much standard gear you’re getting. Outside, in addition to its 18-inch alloys and 265/60R18 Cooper tires with a full-size spare wheel, there are body-colored bumpers with contrasting chrome grille, door handles and mirrors, headlights and LED daytime running lights, roof rails, side steps, polished stainless steel sports bar, spray-on tub liner, easy-lift tailgate with sliding loading step, rear differential lock, backup and curb cameras, sensors front and rear parking spaces, fog lights with automatic steering function, rear privacy glass and Suite.

Inside, the Cannon X adds keyless entry and push-button start, leather-trimmed upholstery with the power-adjustable and heated front seats. There’s also a leather-wrapped steering wheel fitted with paddle shifters for manual operation, the choice of three power-assist modes that adjust steering feel, plus tire pressure monitoring and more.

Dual-zone climate control includes rear passenger air vents and 360-degree camera, power anti-glare rearview mirror, wireless phone charger, 12-volt/220-volt power outlets and media system with display 9.0-inch touchscreen, Apple CarPlay/Android Auto and three USB ports. Yes, it is fully charged.

Inside is a 9.0-inch multimedia touchscreen with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.  (Photo: Mark Oastler) Inside is a 9.0-inch multimedia touchscreen with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. (Photo: Mark Oastler)

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