Haval, an SUV-focused division of China’s Great Wall Motors, will make its way to Australia before the year is out.
Positioned as Great Wall’s premium range, the Haval brand is set to make its Australian debut in early December.
But, while the parent company brand is distributed here by Sydney-based Ateco Automotive, Haval will run its own show from Melbourne, operating under the Haval Motors Australia banner.
Haval will initially offer three models in an all-SUV range, starting with the large H8, to be followed later by the off-roading H9 and the compact H2. (Not to be confused, of course, with the now defunct Hummer H2.)
Power in the H8 is provided by a turbocharged 160kW/324Nm 2.0 litre petrol engine, matched to a six-speed auto.
Rear- and all-wheel-drive configurations will be offered across the two ‘Standard’ and ‘Luxury’ trim grades.
Suspension is by a double wishbone arrangement at the front and a multi-link setup at the rear.
Safety features across the relatively well-equipped range will include six airbags, electronic stability control, hill start assist and hill descent control, reversing camera, rear parking sensors and tyre pressure monitoring.
The ‘Standard’ model will include 18-inch alloy wheels, xenon auto headlights, daytime lights and active cornering headlights.
Inside there’s an eight-inch colour touch display, leather trim, leather steering wheel with paddle shifters, powered front seats, nine-speaker audio with USB/Bluetooth/aux, tri-zone climate control, auto wipers, keyless start and a sun roof.
The ‘Luxury’ grade adds 19-inch alloys, adaptive xenon headlights with washers, a powered tailgate, Infinity audio upgrade, auto-dimming rearview mirror, memory function for the door mirrors and driver’s seat, and a rear armrest.
H2 and H9
Full details for the following models are still to be released, although it is clear the H2 will compete with smaller SUVs like the Ford EcoSport and Holden Trax.
Watch for more details, including pricing, to come as Haval nears its December launch in Australia.