Chinese carmaker Haval, has confirmed its bold HB-03 concept unveiled at this year’s Shanghai motor show, will go into production. Further, the company’s Australian arm has confirmed the all-new, coupe-styled SUV will make its way Down Under in 2020.
The petrol-electric hybrid crossover first made its debut as the HB-02 concept at the 2016 Beijing motor show before this year’s updated concept which moved the crossover SUV a step closer to production.
Designed by former BMW designer Pierre Leclercq, the concept is powered by hybrid drivetrain featuring a 1.5-litre turbocharged petrol engine coupled to an electric motor and transmission powered by a rear-mounted NCM lithium-ion battery.
Total power output is a claimed 200kW with 450Nm of torque while sipping a claimed and miserly 2.1L/100km of petrol.
In Pure Electric mode, the 13kWh battery powers the 95kW/278Nm electric motor to a claimed EV range of 65km. Haval also claims the battery can be totally recharged in around four hours utilising a standard household power point.
“The HB-03 combines clever hybrid technology together with the pure excitement of a real coupe,” said Haval design director Leclercq. “It’s very sporty and dynamic, but does not compromise on headroom and rear-seat comfort.
“Haval is proud to design vehicles that inspire and we are very confident the new SUV coupe will do very well in the Australian market.”
Haval Australia Chief Marketing Officer Tim Smith added: “We are very excited to announce the HB-03 concept will become the next Haval SUV Coupe."
“We have been working closely with the product planning team in head office, lining up the best possible product for the Australian market.
“We were excited by the preliminary drawings we saw of the coupe concept and the product displayed at Shanghai confirmed this was a vehicle we had to have in our line-up.
“A combination of stunning lines and an optional hybrid powertrain gives this vehicle the potential to be the next game changer for the Haval brand.”