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Haval Motors Australia launched its facelifted H9 line-up this week with the seven-seat large SUV range receiving reduced pricing, a boosted powertrain, a new transmission, a restyled front end, an upgraded interior and more equipment.
Driveaway pricing of $41,990 for the Lux and $45,990 for the Ultra is offered from launch. These figures are respectively $4500 and $4000 lower than the equivalent pre-facelift grades.
An eight-speed ZF torque-convertor automatic transmission replaces the old six-speed unit, offering "improved launch feel, performance, off-road ability and economy", according to Haval.
Haval also claims the H9 can now sprint from 0-100km/h in "just over 10 seconds", representing a 20 per cent improvement over its predecessor.
The H9's front-end styling has been tweaked with a five-bar grille, a reworked lower air intake and circular foglights, while five-spoke, 18-inch alloy wheels wrapped in 265/60 tyres are now standard on both variants.
Inside, digital instrumentation is flanked by a traditional analogue tachometer and gauges – a first for a Haval model. The centre console has also been redesigned, now featuring a T-bar shifter.
Unique standard equipment in the Lux includes 25W xenon headlights, a sunroof, fabric seats and a 10-speaker sound system.
Alternatively, the Ultra further adds adaptive 35W xenon headlights, a panoramic sunroof, 'Comfort-Tek' leather seats, power heated first- and second-row seats, ventilated front seats with massaging function, a heated steering wheel, power folding third-row seats, an auto-dimming rearview mirror and a 10-speaker Infinity sound system.
Each variant comes standard with an 'All-Terrain Control System' (ATCS).
Both grades also feature an 8.0-inch touchscreen multimedia system, satellite navigation, tri-zone climate control, third-row air vents, power side mirrors, an electronic rear differential lock, stainless-steel scuff plates, aluminium pedals and a leather steering wheel with paddle shifters.
Furthermore, each variant comes standard with an 'All-Terrain Control System' (ATCS) that allows the driver to select between six different driving modes – 'Auto', 'Sand', 'Snow', 'Mud', '4L' and 'Sport'.
Safety and driver-assist technologies now extend to blind-spot monitoring, lane departure warning and rear cross-traffic alert, complementing the pre-existing six airbags, driver fatigue detection, tyre pressure monitoring, cruise control, hill-start and -descent assist, front and rear parking sensors, reversing camera and park assist systems.