The brand formerly known as Great Wall Motors has leaned on Shelby's expertise to create a new tough ute.
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GWM is partnering with American muscle car maker Shelby to produce a ute aimed squarely at the Ford Ranger Raptor.

CarAdvice contributor Greg Kable revealed early drawings of a new GWM dual-cab ute, which is expected to be named the Baja Snake.

While full details of the performance GWM Ute are set to be revealed at the Shanghai Auto Show later this month – alongside a new Ram 1500-rivalling GWM pick-up – it's possible we could see a power increase to match upgraded suspension and aggressive bodywork.

The standard GWM Ute offers 120kW and 400Nm from it's 2.0-litre turbo diesel four-cylinder – approximately 20 per cent less than the Ford Ranger Raptor – sent to all four wheels through an eight-speed ZF automatic transmission.

GWM has been playing with the idea of a tough ute for some time, revealing the Black Bullet at the Beijing Motor Show in late 2020 – though that concept was modified for overlanding, rather than for performance, as with the Shelby Baja Snake.

Stay tuned to CarAdvice to get all the news from the upcoming 2021 Shanghai Auto Show.