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Haval has revealed a 'coupe' version of its H6 mid-size SUV in China, featuring sportier styling elements and a punchy hybrid drivetrain.
The SUV division of GWM says the design of this coupe spin-off is inspired by “deep sea sharks”, as reflected by its dual rear spoiler arrangement above its almost BMW X4-like rear hatch.
While the H6S shares its underpinnings and much of its interior design with the regular H6, its exterior sports a more squared-off design, with an entirely new grille, light profile and rear splitter with dual exhausts. The H6S is also presented with a contrasting black highlight pack for its spoilers, alloys and window claddings.
Inside, the H6S gets the top-spec 12.3-inch multimedia touchscreen and 10.25-inch digital dash, as well as a head-up display, and new Alcantara-clad bucket seats in the front and rear.
Powering the H6S is a 1.5-litre turbocharged four-cylinder petrol engine paired to an electric motor in a series hybrid set-up, with the combination producing a whopping 179kW/530Nm, the same unit which will be used in an upcoming hybrid version of the regular H6, which is due in Australia imminently. It is expected to drive the front wheels via a two-speed automatic transmission. It will take the fight to the MG HS PHEV, which costs from $47,990 driveaway.
This is a significant upgrade on the H6’s normally fitted 2.0-litre turbo petrol four-cylinder, which produces 150kW/320Nm. It is expected to sprint from 0-100km/h in just 7.5 seconds.
The H6S is claimed to have similar fuel consumption as the Toyota RAV4 Hybrid (4.7L/100km), at a claimed 4.9L/100km, while the regular H6 hybrid is claimed to consume 5.2L/100km. Further detailed specs on the H6S are yet to be revealed, as well as confirmation of right-hand-drive production.
The H6S is the latest in an aggressive model expansion by GWM’s SUV arm, which like its MG rival, has Top 10 ambitions in Australia. It says it aims to achieve this through the release of 12 new models in the next three years. These models are all but confirmed to include the Big Dog off-road SUV and the brand also has updates to its Prado-sized H9 SUV on the way, as well as plans to release its spin-off Tank sub-brand, which will specialise in off-roaders.
The brand has seen big sales improvements in recent months off the back of the release of its new-generation Cannon ute, more competitive H6 mid-sizer, and its Jolion small SUV which replaces the H2.
Stay tuned as we learn more about Haval and Great Wall’s launch plans for 2022 in the coming months.