Haval Australia has confirmed the H7 seven-seat SUV that was slated to arrive in Australia this year has been cancelled, and will instead make part of a new wave of SUVs landing around 2020.
The local arm of the Chinese brand was excited to see its latest-generation product arrive, presenting the car to media in Darwin last year, but it has shelved plans to bring that car here and will concentrate on a new product strategy.
The news comes on the back of China's largest SUV maker launching its latest H4 mid-size SUV in its home market. Though the maker said it's currently only for Chinese consumption, product communications manager Andrew Ellis told Drive that the recent addition of New Zealand and South Africa to Haval's right-hand drive export markets will put forward a case to bring the H4 down under.
"We'll be meeting together to produce a business case for the H4 and presenting that at the Beijing motor show later this month," Ellis said.
The H4 presents the latest technology and drivetrains from the mammoth Chinese producer. It comes with either a 1.3-litre or 1.5-litre turbocharged engine mated to a new seven-speed dual-clutch transmission. Power and torque figures for the two engines are 102kW/225Nm and 124kW/285Nm respectively.
Styling is based on the HR-02 concept shown at Auto China 2016 and inside sees a large 12-inch 'floating' central tablet display with the brand's latest smartphone mirroring connectivity, SOS rescue, security monitoring and remote vehicle diagnosis. Other additions inside include an LCD instrument panel for the driver and keyboard-style switchgear.
Measuring 4420mm long, 1845mm wide, 1695mm tall and with a 2660mm wheelbase, the SUV measures just under the new Subaru Forester and Toyota RAV4 while offering a similar length wheelbase.
While the H4 remains a chance for Australia if the numbers add up, Ellis confirmed that new H2, H6 and H7 models would arrive on our shores from 2020, fronting a new look line-up to help make further in-roads into the Australian market.
The recently updated H9 Toyota Prado rival will continue to be offered and Haval says its first and underestimated allotment has already sold out.
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