Kez Casey | Jun 17, 2016

With a powertrain that is both the most powerful and economical ever produced by the company, Chinese SUV manufacturer Haval has outlined its vision for the future.

Already Haval has confirmed that diesel powertrains won’t be making their way to Australia in future, relying instead on turbocharged petrol, and hybrid systems to power its SUV-only range.

At the recent Beijing Auto Exhibition, the HB-02 concept previewed the hind of plug-in hybrid system likely to appear in future Haval models.

A 1.5 litre turbocharged turbocharged petrol engine, combined with an electric motor, results in a combined 450Nm of torque for the HB-02 - enough to rival much larger diesel engines.

At the same time, fuel consumption as low as 2.1 l/100km is possible.

A 13kWh lithium-ion battery feeds the 95kW/278Nm electric motor, which can be used to exclusively power the HB-02 for distances up to 65 kilometres.

Unlike traditional hybrid powertrains, with a separate combustion and electric motor, Haval’s HB-02 uses a more integrated powertrain unit to further increase system efficiency.

“The combination of high torque and efficiency makes electricity a great power source for SUVs,” said Tim Smith, chief marketing officer of Haval Australia.

“We know that the average daily commute for Australian drivers is around 42 kilometres, which is less than two thirds of the Haval’s range. This makes range anxiety a thing of the past.”

In concept form the HB-02 can reach 100 km/h from rest in 9.0 seconds, on its way to a 210 km/h top speed.

Proof-of-concept shouldn't be too far away though, with Haval confirming that its first production plug-in hybrid vehicle will be released during 2017.

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