Haval Australia has confirmed its first electrified model, the ‘self-charging’ H6 Hybrid mid-size SUV, will enter local showrooms later than expected.
When Haval confirmed the series-parallel H6 Hybrid for Australia in June, its launch was scheduled for the end of this year, but it’s now been delayed until early 2022, with more specific timing yet to be offered.
Either way, those looking to buy the new Toyota RAV4 Hybrid rival won’t have to wait too much longer for it to arrive, especially considering the significant supply challenges other brands are continuing to face in the wake of ongoing global parts shortages.
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So, what does the H6 Hybrid have to offer? As reported, it pairs a 1.5-litre turbo-petrol four-cylinder engine with an electric motor for front-wheel drive and class-leading combined outputs of 179kW/530Nm.
Comparatively, the extremely popular RAV4 Hybrid FWD’s powertrain (including a 2.5-litre naturally aspirated petrol four-cylinder engine) produces 160kW of power and an undisclosed amount of torque.
That said, the RAV4 Hybrid FWD does have the H6 Hybrid’s number when it comes to fuel consumption on the combined-cycle test, with the former drinking 4.7L/100km, while the latter uses 5.2L/100km.
“Paired with a two-speed transmission, the Haval H6 Hybrid combines impressive acceleration and performance at low speeds with improved efficiency and power at higher speeds, resulting in a driving experience similar to a BEV [battery-electric vehicle],” according to the Chinese brand.
Like all other Haval Australia models, the H6 Hybrid will come with a seven-year/unlimited-kilometre warranty and five years of roadside assistance.
Pricing and full specification details for the H6 Hybrid will be revealed closer to its release, so stay tuned, although Haval has confirmed it will be sourced from China for Australia.