How quickly Chinese vehicles have improved in perceived quality has caught the motoring establishment unawares, and GWM is one of the brands whose latest products are almost unrecognisable from their cheap-feeling forebears.

Step inside the new GWM Tank 300 4x4 and you’ll be hard pressed to discern any of the cost-cutting that characterised Chinese cars of yore. The lush leather and metallic flourishes inside this SUV feel as premium as some brands with 100-year reputations — on first sight, anyway. The jury’s still out on how the smart-looking materials will stand up to the rigours of extended use, and how classy the cabin might look in a few years’ time...

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