As Chinese automakers continue to make their mark in the global automotive industry, one segment that has remained relatively untouched by them is the pickup market. However, Great Wall Motor (GWM) is set to change that narrative with its formidable contender, the GWM Cannon. With the Cannon, GWM plans to take on the established players like the Toyota Hilux, Ford Ranger, and Nissan Navara in the fiercely competitive truck segment.
GWM formally entered the Philippine market in April, introducing a wide range of Cannon variants. But beyond the Philippines, GWM offers even more versions of its robust pickup. Among these, the GWM Cannon XSR stands out as a unique and capable off-road variant that sets its sights on adventurous drivers who seek rugged terrains and challenging trails.
What sets the GWM Cannon XSR apart from other variants is its enhanced off-road capabilities. Starting with its increased ground clearance of 224mm (laden/loaded), the XSR gains an additional 34mm, making it better equipped to tackle rough and uneven surfaces. The unique suspension arrangement provides the truck with a wider wheel track at the front and rear, adding to its stability on challenging terrains.
The GWM Cannon XSR rolls on 18-inch alloy wheels wrapped in chunky all-terrain tires, measuring 265/65 R18, ensuring superior traction on off-road adventures. The truck also comes with an underbody skid plate, offering added protection when navigating rocky trails. River crossings become less daunting, thanks to a snorkel that enhances the Cannon XSR's water wading capacity beyond the standard model's 500mm factory rating.
Visually, the Cannon XSR stands out with its rugged appearance. Steel bumpers are added to the front and rear of the pickup, providing robustness and protection during off-road excursions. The truck also features a steel sports bar on the bed, a unique grille, and abundant black cladding, giving it a distinctive and aggressive look.
What truly sets the GWM Cannon XSR apart from its competitors is its front locking differential. While many pickups offer rear differential lockers, the Cannon XSR takes it up a notch with both front and rear lockers. Rear differential locks already provide excellent traction in challenging off-road situations by distributing power to both rear wheels. With the addition of a front locker, the XSR maximizes traction, enabling its four-wheel-drive system to conquer even the toughest trails with ease.
For off-road enthusiasts seeking a capable and adventure-ready pickup, the GWM Cannon XSR is a game-changer. With its unique combination of enhanced ground clearance, advanced suspension, all-terrain tires, snorkel, and front locking differential, the Cannon XSR promises to take drivers to new heights and uncharted territories.
As GWM continues to expand its global presence, the Cannon XSR showcases the brand's commitment to innovation and catering to the diverse needs of consumers. With its formidable off-road capabilities, striking design, and cutting-edge features, the GWM Cannon XSR is poised to carve a niche in the highly competitive pickup market, establishing itself as a true trailblazer in the realm of off-road adventures.