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by Tim Beissmann

Details of the new and updated Haval models launching in Australia in 2015.

 

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Haval H8 – First half 2015

Chinese SUV maker Haval will announce its arrival in Australia in the first half of 2015 with its first model, the H8.

The size of a Jeep Grand Cherokee, the Haval H8 teams a 160kW/324Nm 2.0-litre four-cylinder turbo petrol engine with a ZF six-speed auto that drives either the rear or all four wheels.

Unlike Australia’s existing cut-price, made-in-China models, the H8 boasts impressive safety credentials, coming standard with six airbags, electronic stability control, hill start assist and hill descent control, reverse-view camera, rear sensors, and a tyre pressure monitoring system.

Other standard equipment includes 18-inch alloy wheels, auto xenon headlights, push-button start, sunroof, leather upholstery, electric front seats, three-zone climate control, and an 8.0-inch touchscreen infotainment system.

Pricing for the Haval H8 is set to be announced early in 2015.

Read more about the Haval H8.

 

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H2 – 2015

Haval will attempt to throw a spanner in the works in the compact SUV segment when it launches the H2.

Measuring a little longer than the Holden Trax, the Haval H2 is powered by a turbocharged 110kW/210Nm 1.5-litre four-cylinder petrol engine.

Front- and all-wheel-drive variants are available overseas, though at this stage the only transmission option is a six-speed manual.

It’s available with electronic stability control, six airbags, rear sensors and a reverse-view camera, as well as dual-zone climate control, push-button start, leather upholstery, and satellite navigation.

Australian specifications will be announced closer to launch (timing is unknown at this stage), with prices likely to start in the low-$20,000s plus on-road costs.

Read more about the Haval H2.

 

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H9 – 2015

The Chinese newcomer is looking to take down the Toyota Prado in 2015 with its seven-seat all-terrain H9 SUV.

Sharing its 160kW/324Nm 2.0-litre four-cylinder turbo petrol engine and ZF six-speed automatic transmission with the more urban-focused H8, the Haval H9 is made to go off the beaten track, offering four-wheel drive and an all-terrain control system.

Six airbags, electronic stability control, front and rear sensors and a reverse-view camera are standard, while other available features include adaptive xenon headlights, push-button start, leather upholstery with seat heaters, touchscreen infotainment system with satellite navigation, and twin DVD player screens for second-row passengers.

Australian specifications and prices will be announced closer to launch (timing is unknown at this stage).

Read more about the Haval H9.




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