China’s most popular SUV, the Haval H6 has just been refreshed with an all-new model for 2017, designed to maintain the brand’s best seller status in its home market.
As well as number-one status in China the H6 ranks as the fifth highest-selling SUV in the world, which gives us a snapshot into the immense buying power of the Chinese market considering the brand's tiny footprint outside its own market.
Australian customers also have access to a version of the H6, though it’s technically not the predecessor to this car - introduced in 2016 the Australian-delivered H6 is actually sold in China as the H6 Coupe, with a lower roofline and more sporting style. This new car won’t take the H6 Coupe’s place, but will instead sell alongside it in China.
Haval has loaded up the local H6 with a lot of kit and offered it at a bargain basement price in an attempt to woo buyers away from more traditional and popular models such as the Mazda CX-5, Toyota RAV4 and Hyundai Tucson.
The Chinese brand is looking at the same formula again with the more sedately-styled H6 revealed in China this week and destined to arrive in local showrooms within the next 12 months.
Haval has super-sized the touchscreen, growing it from a respectable 7.0-inches to a mammoth 12-inch display in the new generation. This is also joined by a sizeable digital instrument cluster.
Under the bonnet Haval has introduced a new 1.3-litre turbocharged four-cylinder engine to alleviate domestic pollution concerns, as well as a version of the the current 2.0-litre 145kW/315Nm four-cylinder turbo petrol, both paired with a seven-speed Getrag dual-clutch transmission.
Styling for the new generation H6 maintains the conservative approach of the model it replaces, albeit updated with more modern surfacing and a taller free-standing grille. Underneath the new H6 rides on a new platform.
The new Haval H6 is due to be displayed at the upcoming Shanghai motor show in April.
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