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by Tim Beissmann

The Haval H2 will become one of the most customisable cars in its class when it arrives in June, and in an unprecedented move by the fledging Chinese SUV brand, all of the personalisation options are set to be offered free of charge.

Haval Motors Australia chief marketing officer Tim Smith confirmed that unlike almost all other brands Haval wouldn’t charge customers for the extensive range of factory-fitted personalisation options that would be available on its compact H2 crossover.

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Haval’s long list of no-cost customisation options for the H2 will include metallic paint, two-tone exterior paint (body and roof in different colours), two-tone leather (high-grade variant only), and the choice of three unique radiator grille patterns, different alloy wheel designs and coloured centre caps, coloured brake calipers, interior trim inlay colours and textures, and different interior lighting colours.

Haval is yet to finalise H2 pricing, though the Nissan Qashqai-sized model is expected to cost between $24,000 and $30,000 before on-road costs.

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Haval’s decision not to charge customers for personalising their cars is in contrast to other brands in the class.

On the Captur, Renault Australia charges up to $1800 for metallic two-tone paint, $750 for colourful alloy wheel highlights, $500 for decals, $300 for colour seat inserts, and $250 for interior trim highlights.

Similarly, Peugeot Australia charges $516.42 to fit lower exterior decals to its 2008, as well as $302.27 to fit upper exterior decals, $328.75 for side mirror caps, $70.51 for alloy wheel centre caps, and $297.51 for interior decals.

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Haval is also planning to offer a range of no-cost personalisation options for the Mazda CX-5-rivalling H6 Coupe that’s due in local showrooms by the beginning of 2016.

Haval will announce full pricing and specifications for the H2 range in the coming weeks.

Read more: Haval H2 Review: Quick drive

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