A new hybrid version of the GWM Haval Jolion small SUV is coming to Australia, and we could see it as soon as the third quarter of 2022, CarsGuide can confirm.
The new model will join the highly popular Haval Jolion line-up, and will likely sit atop the range in the same way that the Haval H6 hybrid does in its respective line-up.
The new petrol-electric version of the Jolion SUV will compete with hybrid small SUV rivals such as the new Honda HR-V e:HEV L ($45,000 drive-away), Toyota C-HR Hybrid (from $37,665 MSRP) Kia Niro Hybrid (S grade from $39,990 MSRP), and Subaru XV hybrid (L grade from $35,490 MSRP).
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With the Haval Jolion range topping out at $32,990 drive-away for the flagship Ultra spec (at the time of publication), it is expected that the new, more efficient hybrid version will attract a premium when it comes to price, but it may not be as big an additional ask as is the case for the larger H6 model.
For context, the GWM Haval H6 Ultra lists at $38,990 drive-away, while the hybrid version is $45,990 d/a. A $7000 premium for the petrol-electric version of the Jolion may be too big, so we wait with interest to learn more about the pricing and specs of the new model.
What we can confirm is that the Jolion Hybrid will make use of the same powertrain as the bigger H6, albeit in a lower state of tune. That means a 1.5-litre turbo-petrol four-cylinder engine with a single electric motor, capable of producing 140kW and 375Nm.
The Jolion Hybrid will run a dual-clutch auto transmission with front-wheel drive only.
Fuel consumption is expected to be close to the claimed consumption for the Thai market, which is 4.2L/100km. That combined cycle figure would put it close to its rivals: C-HR - 4.3L/100km; HR-V - 4.3L/100km; and XV - 6.5L/100km.