Chinese SUV specialists Haval will make a fresh run at the likes of the Toyota RAV4, Hyundai Tucson and Mazda CX-5 with the all-new H6.
The first examples of the new mid-size SUV have just touched down in Australia ahead of final testing before going on sale before the end of June. Haval started fresh for this new-generation H6, building it off its new ‘LEMON’ platform; which stands for lightweight, electrification, multi-purpose, omni-protection and network.
GWM Australia’s (Haval’s parent company) head of marketing and communications, Steve Maciver said the new H6 will help improve the image of the emerging brand in Australia.
"We are delighted to welcome the all-new H6 to the Haval SUV line-up,” Maciver said. “The design and engineering teams that have produced this world-class SUV have done an outstanding job and there's no doubt it will further elevate the status of the GWM Haval brand here in Australia.
“With sophisticated design and a feature-packed specification list, the new H6 is the definition of affordable luxury.”
While final pricing and specifications haven’t been revealed yet, but GWM Australia has confirmed some key details, including its engine. It will be powered by a 150kW/320Nm 2.0-litre four-cylinder turbo-petrol engine, mated to a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission with the choice of either front- or all-wheel drive. No word on if or when it will get an electrified powertrain to compete with the RAV4 Hybrid.
Haval has also revealed the size of the new H6, measuring 4653mm long, 1886mm wide and with a wheelbase of 2738mm. That makes it 53mm longer than the RAV4, with an extra 48mm of wheelbase.
Also announced are key specification items, with wireless smartphone charging, an LED instrument panel, 360-degree parking camera and fully-automated parking set to be available. Haval Australia has confirmed autonomous emergency braking, lane departure warning, lane keep assist, blind spot monitoring, traffic sign recognition and driver fatigue monitoring will all be standard across the range.