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The 4-motor, 1300PS BYD YangWang U9 electric supercar launches in China for RM1.1 million

BYD’s upscale YangWang sub-brand has finally rolled out its first-ever, the U9. First unveiled in April last year, the U9 stands is a big departure from what most people associate with the Chinese automaker.  

Priced at a very hefty 1,680,000 Yuan (or around RM1.1 million), it boasts a significantly higher level of technical and performance prowess than, say, the BYD Dolphin. To say that this car represents the pinnacle of what the NEV giant can do is a bit of understatement, but more apparent is their ambition to tread on the territory of high end sports car manufacturers.

With a price tag to rival the likes of Ferrari or Lamborghini, the U9 is powered by four motors, one for each wheel, generating 326 PS (240 kW) each. Together, they deliver an impressive 1,306PS (960 kW) and 1,680 Nm of torque, able to propel the car from 0 to100 km/h in a mere 2.36 seconds, with a top speed of 309 km/h.

Beyond its performance, the U9 marks several firsts for Chinese cars, featuring a carbon fibre monocoque and BYD’s DiSus-X active body control suspension, developed in-house. The suspension uses cameras to analyse road conditions and swiftly adjusts each wheel’s position to counter body movements, with a reaction time as quick as 40 milliseconds.

These innovations enable the U9 to showcase unique abilities, including dancing, driving on three wheels, and executing a tank turn, akin to the U8 SUV. That said, feeding that many electric motors would be quite a task, requiring YangWang to engineer the U9 with enough battery capacity without overburdening it with overly excessive weight.

Its lithium iron phosphate (LFP) battery with an 80 kWh capacity provides a claimed range of 450 km measured against CLTC (China Light-Duty Vehicle Test Cycle) parameters, supported by an 800-volt architecture capable of handling up to 500 kW of DC fast charging power.

That’s definitely far from record-breaking figures when it comes to battery capacity or range on a single charge, but seems to be a logical compromise given U9’s brief.

Inside, occupants experience a cockpit-like environment with a double-bubble dashboard, 117-colour ambient lighting, a 10.25-inch mini-LED digital instrument display, and a 12.3-inch portrait touchscreen controlling the infotainment system, accompanied by a 12-speaker Dynaudio Evidence Platinum sound system.

In terms of exterior design, to our eyes, it reminds us most of the limited-production Spania GTA Spano from 2010. The visually striking Chinese electric hypercar features distinctive design elements such as those C-shaped interstellar headlight cluster that takes up a lot of front end real estate, full-width taillights, butterfly doors, 21-inch wheels with Pirelli P Zero tires, and a large carbon fibre rear wing that looks to be adjustable.

How soon should we expect to see the U9 hunting down the EV lap record at the Nurburgring?

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JPJ announces record-breaking RM5.07 billion in revenue for 2023

It’s fitting that the Road Transport Department (JPJ) announced it had concluded its most prosperous year to date in 2023 shortly after CNY 2024, surpassing RM5 billion (RM5.07b) in total annual revenue for the first time.

The announcement, made by Transport Minister Anthony Loke, stated this revenue collection had exceeded the previous year’s total of RM 4.9 billion and confirming their projections made earlier last year by its Director-General, Datuk Zailani Hashim.

With an increase in vehicle registration in 2023 by 13.6% over the year previous, the resulting revenue generated also experienced a notable spike, rising from RM501.5 million in 2022 to RM569.6 million in last year.

This surge notably included tenders for special series numbers such as ‘FF’ and ‘M-M’, introduced in May and August 2023, respectively. An increase in summonses issued was also a factor.

The introduction of the ‘GOLD’ series on February 1, 2024, resulted in JPJ collecting RM 17.24 million in revenue. Notably, the highest bid for a registration number in JPJ’s history was RM 1.5 million, secured by the Yang di-Pertuan Agong Sultan Ibrahim Sultan Iskandar for GOLD 1.

Minister Loke extended congratulations to the 6,810 other successful bidders of the ‘GOLD’ series registrations. Another large contributor to JPJ revenue is (and will remain) annualised road tax, which the minister estimated to be north of RM2 billion a year.

Loke emphasised that JPJ’s increased annual revenue will be directed towards the Department’s social programs, including the JPJ Driving License and Safety Helmet program, FLYsiswa air flight ticket subsidies, and SOCSO contributions for taxi drivers.

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2024 Mercedes-Benz C 350 e PHEV launched in Malaysia for RM355,000 – Up to 117km of electric range

Mercedes-Benz Malaysia has launched a third variant into their fifth-generation C-Class sedan, capping off the W206 line with the plug-in hybrid C 350 e, priced at RM_______________, and replacing the C 300.

Mercedes-Benz C 200 Avantgarde – RM292,888
Mercedes-Benz C 300 AMG-Line – RM334,088
Mercedes-Benz C 350 e – RM355,000

Just as was the case for the previous W205 generation, this C 350 e offers both more power and fuel efficiency than the previous range-topper, the C 300, by mating its turbocharged 2.0-litre 4-cylinder mild-hybrid petrol engine with a powerful electric motor fed by lithium ion battery – a bit more on a that later.

It’s internal combustion engine alone produces 204hp and 320Nm of torque but when paired with the gearbox-mounted electric motor’s 129hp and 440Nm output, they give the C 350 e an impressive 313hp and 550Nm to play with. The car also remains rear-wheel drive, channelled through a 9-speed automatic.

At the rear of the car, Mercedes-Benz has managed to fit a shockingly large battery with a capacity of 25.4kWh – about half of a BYD Atto 3 Standard Range.

With so much juice at full charge, the automaker claims the C 350 e can travel over 100km (117km as advertised) and reach speeds of 140km/h in fully electric mode without evoking the petrol engine at all. However, while deploying both the combustion and electric motors, the car will sprint to 100km/h in as little as 6.1 seconds, and on to a top speed of 245km/h.

Of course, that has come at the cost of some boot capacity and the omission of a spare wheel and a kerb weight of over 2.1 tonnes.

In terms of charging, the C 350 can draw up to 11kW from an AC source, needing just 2 hours to replenish its reserves this way. Unfortunately, the Malaysian-spec car doesn’t support DC charging like the Thai-spec version does.

The car also comes fully kitted out, matching the equipment levels of the C 300 AMG-Line, though this PHEV receives smaller 18-inch AMG Light Alloy wheels. Highlights include a cabin upholstered liberally with Artico leather with Nappa leather accents, a premium Burmester 3D sound system, panoramic sunroof, wireless smartphone charger, a 12.3-inch digital driver’s display, an 11.9-inch portrait infotainment touchscreen, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto capability, and Mercedes Me connected services via integrated LTE connectivity.

Other spec highlights include an AMG-Line exterior trim with Night Package, self-leveling rear suspension, and DIGITAL LIGHT headlamps.

The biggest rival to the new C 350 e is an obvious one: the BMW 330e M Sport, which was launched in early 2023 and is priced at RM278,600. While the Bimmer is a little less expensive, the Merc has superior electric range and a bit more grunt.

There’s also the larger Volvo S60 Recharge for RM315,888. The Swede delivers just about as much electric range at maximum of 90km (19kWh battery) and a good chunk more poke at 462hp and 709Nm of torque, shaving the 0-100km/h sprint to a mere 4.5 seconds.  

Following this launch, Mercedes-Benz will have the C 350 e alongside the rest their line-up available for public viewing and test drives at Plaza Arkadia, Desa Park City, Kuala Lumpur from February 23rd to 25th.

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Gentari Go app launched – all-in-one hub for EV charging stations, home charging, and even EV rentals

Gentari Sdn Bhd, operating through its subsidiary Gentari Green Mobility Sdn Bhd, aims to transform our approach to clean energy with its latest creation, the Gentari Go app, available for iOS and Android.

The app serves as a comprehensive platform for sustainable living, seamlessly combining green transportation and renewable energy. It has launched in Malaysia and intends to expand across Southeast Asia and India in 2024.

Shah Yang Razalli, CEO of Gentari Green Mobility, stated their goal to make Gentari Go the preferred choice for consumers initiating their clean energy journey with a focus on integrating clean energy solutions, extending beyond electric vehicle (EV) charging to include home energy options.

The app promises a user-friendly interface, real-time data, and smooth EV charging experiences. Through strategic partnerships with EV Connection, ChargeEV, and others, Gentari Go is creating an EV Charging Corridor spanning Singapore to Thailand, giving users access to over 2,000 chargers.

Additionally, the app facilitates a transition to EVs through partnerships with GoCar, offering rental access to zero emissions vehicles. Gentari Go also supports various aspects of green living, including home energy solutions such as EV home charging and solar panels, while offering incentives for eco-conscious choices.

Businesses, including fleet operators and automotive companies, are encouraged to join the platform, which also provides telematics support, fleet management tools, and customised services.

To entice users, Gentari Go is offering a 10% discount on the next 10 charging sessions at any Gentari charging point in Malaysia. Terms and conditions apply, of course.

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2024 BYD Seal lands in Malaysia – from RM179,800

BYD Malaysia has finally launched the highly-anticipated BYD Seal for 2024.

This latest EV which will rival the likes of the Tesla Model 3 and Oracle 07 came with quite a surprise in terms of its pricing.

For the Malaysian market, the 2024 BYD Seal comes in two model variants – the BYD Seal Premium and the range-topping BYD Seal Performance.

For the rear-wheel-drive Seal Premium, the price is RM179,800. As for the all-wheel-drive Seal Performance, the asking price is RM199,800.

Starting with the BYD Seal Premium, its single electric motor sends power to the rear wheel with 313PS and 360Nm of torque.

Range-wise, the Premium comes with a longer range of 650km (NEDC) via its 82.65kWh battery pack, which also happens to be the same capacity as the Performance variant.

Charging-wise, both variants support up to 7kW of AC charging. The only difference is DC charging where it can go up to 110kW for the Premium and 150kW for the Performance.

Full charge takes around 15 hours when using AC but for DC, 32 minutes is all you need to get it juiced up from 30% to 80% state of charge.

Moving towards the BYD Seal Performance, its dual electric motors power all four wheels with 530PS and 670Nm of torque. 0-100km/h can be done in just 3.8 seconds as compared to the Premium which can only do so in 5.9 seconds. Top speed for both is limited to 180km/h.

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Chery Omoda E5 to hit local showrooms on Feb 24th ahead of March launch

Ahead of a launch scheduled for March, Chery Malaysia has declared that the Omoda E5 EV will be available in showrooms across the nationwide starting this weekend, on February 24 specifically.

Registration of interest for the Omoda E5 began in December of the previous year, and now an official estimated price of RM160,000 has been announced. While that price is a significant premium over the RM108,800 to RM118,800 that Chery prices the standard combustion-powered Omoda 5, it does slightly undercut the RM167,800 sticker price of the BYD Atto 3 Extended Range.

It will feature a single powertrain configuration, consisting of a front-mounted electric motor generating 204 PS (150 kW) and 340 Nm of torque, allowing the SUV to accelerate from 0-100 km/h in 7.6 seconds.

Underfloor, the Omoda E5 will be equipped with a 61 kWh lithium iron phosphate (LFP) battery, providing a range of 430 km on the WLTP cycle. In terms of headlining specifications, both the Chery and the BYD seem to be trading equal blows, at least on paper.

As for charging capabilities, the Omoda E5 supports AC charging up to 9.9 kW and DC fast charging up to 80 kW, enabling the battery to reach 30-80% state of charge within 30 minutes. Additionally, it features a vehicle-to-load (V2L) function, allowing the car to supply up to 3.3 kW to power external electrical devices.

Visually, the electric Omoda resembles the ICE-powered Omoda 5 from most angles, except for the front end, where the E5 incorporates an active grille shutter system which adjusts based on motor temperature and aerodynamic needs, replacing the prominently studded grille of the ICE version.

The Omoda E5 includes LED projector headlamps, 18-inch alloy wheels, a powered sunroof, powered tailgate, puddle lamps, selectable drive modes, leather upholstery, dual-zone climate control with rear vents.

A 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster, and a 12.3-inch touchscreen infotainment system takes up the bulk of the dashboard, though Chery markets it as a ‘24.6-inch curved 2K HD dual-screen. The infotainment system is powered by a Qualcomm 8155 system on chip (SoC) and supports both Android Auto and Apple CarPlay.

Like the non-electric Omoda 5, Omoda E5 boasts a comprehensive suite including a 360-degree camera, automatic high beam, lead vehicle departure alert, front collision warning, autonomous emergency braking, lane departure warning and prevention, lane keep assist, rear cross-traffic alert, and a tyre pressure monitoring system, collectively termed as ‘ADAS 2.5’ by Chery.


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Auspicious promos await you at Sime Darby Motors City, 23-25 February 2024

It’s time to follow up on more auspicious promotions for this year’s Chinese New Year at Sime Darby Motors City, Ara Damansara.

From 23 to 25 February 2024, time to catch a bundle of amazing deals, rebates, and promotions from renowned brands such as BMW, MINI, BMW Motorrad, Hyundai, Jaguar, Land Rover, BYD, Ford, Volvo, as well as some lovely examples from Sime Darby Auto Selection.

To register your interest, CLICK HERE.

Auto Bavaria (BMW, MINI, and BMW Motorrad)

From 23-25 February 2024, get the best deals from Auto Bavaria for BMW, MINI, and BMW Motorrad. Don’t forget to bring along the family to enjoy special CNY performances plus exclusive rebates, low-interest rates, and more.

For selected BMW models, customers can also enjoy a complimentary BMW Wallbox as well as an 8-year/160,000km warranty for high-voltage batteries.

Looking for a premium two-wheeler? Take part in the BMW Motorrad 100 Years Anniversary Celebration Sales campaign to be eligible for a 3-year warranty and hassle-free financing packages. Test rides for selected models are also available.


Hyundai is also joining in the fun with attractive rebates and low financing rates from 1.58%. All new ICE purchases will receive a Touch n Go card preloaded with RM600.

Going electric? No worries on charging as each new vehicle purchase will be bundled together with RM720 ParkEasy credit, 15% off Shell Recharge High Performance Charging sites, and 10% cashback on Shell Recharge Destinations Site for a year.

Jaguar and Land Rover

Fancy the new Range Rover Evoque? Come on over to Sime Darby Motors City to view AND test drive this new beauty.

Complimentary insurance vouchers up to RM22,000 await for selected new Jaguar and Land Rover vehicle purchase as well as a 5-year Warranty and Servicing plus 3-year roadside assistance for greater peace of mind.

There’s also a wide selection of approved pre-owned Jaguar and Land Rover that come with a minimum of two years of warranty and servicing. There’s even the approved Jaguar I-Pace starting from RM379,000 for those who are interested.

Click on the links to browse the Jaguar and Land Rover line-ups and get more details from Jaguar Land Rover showrooms in the Klang Valley @ Ara Damansara (03-92123102) and Penang (04-2913116).


Looking for an affordable EV that ticks all the right boxes? Head over to BYD and enjoy 0% financing rates, special cash rebates, comprehensive service packages that offer a peace of mind by covering maintenance costs for a certain period, reducing the overall cost of ownership, as well as charging credits, and complimentary wallboxes for your home charging needs. It’s time to go green without breaking the bank.


Pickup truck enthusiasts can also join in the festivities with a free 2-year Maintenance Program for every successful registration of the Ford Ranger XLT, XLT Plus, and Raptor models.

Keep a closer eye on that Ford Ranger XLT Plus and they’ll even include exclusive cup holders worth RM565 from Ford Genuine Accessories.


All Volvo models are bundled up together with the complimentary Polestar and Volvo Service Agreement (VSA5+) maintenance package for an enhanced ownership experience here in Malaysia.

Sime Darby Auto Selection

Pre-loved also deserves some love and Sime Darby Auto Selection is here to deliver amazing limited-time deals, extended warranty, and complimentary service packages for their wide array of high-quality vehicles.

Enjoy high trade-in value for any of the cars available under the Auto Selection banner that has been fully inspected and refurbished to the finest degree with guarantees that all of them are never involved in floods, fires, or major accidents as well as tampered mileage.

Let’s prosper together in the Year of the Dragon at Sime Darby Motors City and all of its attractive offerings from 23 to 25 February 2024! To register your interest, CLICK HERE.

Terms and conditions apply.

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Cara Tukar Nama Kereta & Hak Milik Kenderaan Online dengan MySikap

Kini anda boleh tukar nama pemilik kenderaan anda secara online sahaja melalui portal MySikap. Pelajari cara tukar nama kereta secara online dengan mudah di sini.


Orang mungkin berfikir bahawa proses tukar nama kereta adalah sukar. Disebabkan ini, masih ada orang yang tidak mahu bersusah payah untuk tukar nama pemilik kenderaan apabila mereka membeli atau menjual kereta.

Sangat penting untuk tukar nama hak milik kenderaan selepas anda membelinya, terutamanya jika ia sudah digunakan. Jika anda tidak melakukan ini, kedua-dua pihak yang menjual kereta dan yang membelinya boleh mengalami masalah.


Akibat jika tidak tukar nama hak milik kenderaan

Jika anda tidak tukar nama kereta semasa anda membelinya, mungkin akan ada beberapa kesan yang berlaku:

Jika seseorang menjadi penama untuk sebuah kereta, ini bermakna mereka bertanggungjawab ke atas semua yang berlaku pada kereta itu, seperti kemalangan, saman lalu lintas, kegiatan jenayah, dan lain-lain.
Ini boleh menjadi masalah jika pemilik kenderaan asal sudah meninggal dunia. 
Sukar juga untuk memperbaharui insurans dan cukai jalan kereta. 

Cara tukar nama kenderaan online

Anda boleh tukar nama pemilik kenderaan secara online dengan mengikuti langkah-langkah ini:

Sila selesaikan segala pembayaran kereta terlebih dahulu. 

Sebagai penjual, pastikan tiada tunggakan bayaran dan semua baki telah diselesaikan sebelum menjual kenderaan, sama ada motosikal atau kereta, kepada pemilik baru.


Buat pemeriksaan di Puspakom 

Seterusnya, pemilik lama atau pemilik baru kereta perlu membawanya ke Puspakom untuk pemeriksaan. Ini membantu memastikan kereta berada dalam keadaan baik. Anda perlu membuat temu janji dengan Puspakom sebelum ke sana. Anda boleh melakukan ini di laman web rasmi mereka.

Anda perlu membayar RM30.00 sebagai yuran. 
Sila bawah kad pendaftaran kenderaan (asal)/ sijil pemilikan kenderaan (VOC)
Anda boleh pergi ke laman web untuk membuat temujanji bersama Puspakom.


Tukar Nama Pemilik Kenderaan secara Online melalui Portal atau Aplikasi MySikap Tanpa Perlu ke JPJ.

Anda juga boleh tahu cara nak tukar nama kereta tanpa perlu ke pejabat JPJ. Anda boleh melakukannya secara online di laman web atau aplikasi MySikap. 

Berikut cara tukar nama kereta online:

Jika anda belum mempunyai akaun MySikap, anda perlu membuatnya dengan mengikuti langkah-langkah yang ditunjukkan dalam gambar di bawah:


2. Jika anda sudah mempunyai akaun MySikap, anda tidak perlu melakukan langkah 1 dan boleh terus ke langkah seterusnya.

Untuk urusan penukaran nama pemilik kenderaan, kedua-dua pihak berikut perlu mengikuti langkah-langkah berikut untuk menyelesaikan proses penukaran nama kenderaan mereka:

Pemilik kenderaan lama
Pemilik kenderaan baru


Pemilik Lama

Log masuk portal MySikap
Klik pada tab ‘Kenderaan’
Klik pada pilihan ‘Permohonan Pertukaran Hak Milik Kenderaan’ (Pemilik Berdaftar)
Masukkan nombor pendaftaran kenderaan 
Klik butang ‘Teruskan’
Masukkan nombor kad pengenalan dan email pendaftar pemilik baharu dan klik butang ‘Seterusnya’
Cetak resit sebagai rujukan dan selesai


Pemilik Baru Kenderaan

Log masuk portal MySikap
Pilih tab ‘Kenderaan’ di halam utama
Pilih ‘Permohonan Pertukaran Hak Milik Kenderaan’ (Pemilik Baharu)
Masukkan nombor plat kenderaan dan klik ‘Seterusnya’
Pengisytiharan kenderaan – Pilih Semenanjung sekiranya anda tinggal di Semenanjung Malaysia, kemudian klik ‘Setuju’
Sahkan maklumat dan kemudian klik ‘Teruskan’
Cetak resit dan bawa ke mana-mana pejabat JPJ untuk proses seterusnya

Untuk pengetahuan anda, portal MySikap merupakan laman web yang diwujudkan oleh Jabatan Pengangkutan Jalan (JPJ) bagi memudahkan orang ramai melakukan urusan secara online seperti:

Menyelaraskan dan membatalkan lesen kenderaan motor (LKM) atau cukai jalan
Pindah hak milik secara sukarela
Pembaharuan lesen boleh dilakukan melalui portal mySIKAP berserta permohonan lain seperti permit memandu antarabangsa
Rayuan bagi lesen memandu yang telah tamat tempoh
Semakan boleh dilakukan untuk saman atau notis serta penalti kenderaan anda dan seterusnya pembayaran atas talian.

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The ORA 07, GWM’s answer to the Tesla Model 3 and BYD Seal, arrives in Malaysia

The Ora 07 has made landfall in Malaysia ahead of its scheduled launch in the first quarter of 2024 as evidenced by these initial shipments of the coupe-like fully electric sedan have arrived at Port Klang.

Expected to compete directly with rivals such as the BYD Seal and the Tesla Model 3, the car had been known to us under the name of Lightning Cat when it first emerged in other markets.

Also as expected, details regarding its pricing remain undisclosed at this time, being reserved for closer to its launch date. Like the smaller Good Cat, the 07 does clearly take styling cues from the Volkswagen Group, namely the (original?) Porsche Panamera.

Specifications and features offered for the Malaysian market version are yet to be fully revealed, of course. However, based on how the car was launched in Thailand, it’s not too hard to imagine a similar spread of configurations: a front-wheel-drive model boasting a range of approximately 640 km, and an all-wheel-drive variant with dual motors, offering a range of around 550 km per charge.

There, the Ora 07 employs an 83.5 kWh ternary lithium battery for both Long Range (single motor – 204 PS/340 Nm) and Performance variants (dual-motor – 408 PS/680 Nm).

While output details remain undisclosed for Malaysia, the estimated range aligns closely with those of similar models in Thailand, suggesting that the Ora 07 in Malaysia will likely exhibit similar performance figures.

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GWM’s rugged Tank 300 lands on Malaysian soil for 2024, launch expected imminently

GWM Malaysia has announced the arrival of the initial batch of Tank 300 units in Malaysia, ahead of the SUV’s anticipated official launch later this year. Pricing and further details about the vehicle is, predictably, not forthcoming until closer to its launch.

With the incoming introduction of the 300, GWM is adding the Tank brand to its existing lineup, which currently stands at four, including the the EV-only Ora and the SUV-focused Haval.

In its native Chinese market, the Tank 300 is equipped with a 2.0-liter turbocharged inline-four petrol engine, delivering 220PS and up to 387 Nm of torque that’s paired to an 8-speed automatic transmission and part-time four-wheel drive system. Additionally, a 48-volt mild hybrid version and a Hi4-T plug-in hybrid powertrain are also available.

That said, in our neighbouring Thailand, deliveries of the Tank 300 are set to commence from February, starting with the Ultra variant priced at 1.8million Baht (approximately RM238k). The Pro variant will follow in March, priced at 1.65million Baht (or around RM218k).

Both variants in Thailand feature a hybrid powertrain with a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder petrol engine generating 244 PS (241 hp or 180 kW) and 380 Nm of torque, augmented by an electric motor producing 106 PS (105 hp or 78 kW) and 268 Nm, resulting in a total system output of 351 PS (346 hp or 258 kW) and 615 Nm.

The hybrid setup includes a 1.75-kWh lithium-ion battery, a 9-speed Hybrid Automatic (9HAT) gearbox, and a four-wheel drive system.

The Thailand-spec Tank 300 comes equipped with features such as 17-inch alloy wheels, automatic LED headlamps, multi-color interior ambient lighting, an electronic parking brake with auto hold, powered front seats, a 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster, dual-zone climate control, a 12.3-inch infotainment touchscreen, telematics, six airbags, and a suite of advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS).

Apart from the GWM model, the Jaecoo J7, another rugged-looking but more upmarket-focused SUV from China, is also set to be offered in the Malaysian market, as previewed recently.