The Haval H2s has been revealed at the Guangzhou motor show, possibly previewing a pending update for the Chinese brand’s smallest model.
Described by the company as a ‘small premium SUV’, the H2s looks much sharper and more upmarket than the current H2, thanks to its more slender headlights and front grille, somewhat similar to the larger H6 (known as the H6 Coupe in China).
Shown in two guises – ‘Red Label’ and ‘Blue Label’ – the H2s is said to be loaded with “elements of exquisiteness, comfort, [technology] and dynamics” that Haval says will allow it to become “a leader of tomorrow”.
The Blue Label variant carries a more sporting look, thanks to its narrower grille design, skid plate-like bumper treatments and five-spoke 18-inch alloy wheels, and will likely appeal to a more youthful audience.
Meanwhile the Red Label H2s is a more luxurious and mature Audi-like design, thanks to its larger five-bar grille and polished 10-spoke 18-inch alloy wheels.
Both versions are powered by the same 1.5-litre turbocharged four-cylinder petrol engine as the H2, which produces 110kW of power and 210Nm of torque. Shifting gears is a new seven-speed dual-clutch transmission supplied by Getrag.
No images of the interior have been released yet, though the company says the H2s features a new ‘floating’ centre tunnel with a “retro-cool” automatic gear shifter, and a new one-touch electric park brake.
Other changes include a concertina-effect for the air vents on the passenger’s side.
The H2s appears to be an evolution of the HR-02 concept that was revealed earlier this year.
While the H2s is not confirmed for Australia at this stage, Andrew Ellis, public relations manager for Haval’s local arm, told CarAdvice an updated H2 is expected late next year and could feature some of these changes.
“We’re talking with China now on the possibility of getting some of these updates on a new H2 we’re expecting in late-2017,” he said.