China-only offering hints at what we'll eventually see here, maybe, hopefully
A new Haval H4 model has joined the line-up of what is claimed to be China's largest SUV brand. Officially, it was revealed late last year, but it has now gone on sale in China – and the company's local arm has confirmed we won't see it in Australia. At least, not anytime soon.
Like the new H2s and new H6 models revealed previously, the H4 is currently confirmed for the domestic market only. That's a shame, too, because – again like the aforementioned – the H4 presents as a far more refined and resolved product than the brand's Australian offering.
As with the H2S, the H4 is offered in two forms: Red Label and Blue Label, borrowing a cue – perhaps awkwardly – from Johnnie Walker. The two cars are largely the same, with front and rear styling standing out as the key difference.
Haval points to the 2016 HR-02 concept as the inspiration behind this new H4 model, and little about its look and proportions have changed in the leap to its China-only production schedule.
Stradding the small- and mid-sized SUV segments (where the H2 and the H6 move, respectively), the H4 measures 4420mm long and rides on a 2660mm wheelbase. These figures drop it between – for example – the 4275/2570mm Mazda CX-3 and 4550/2698mm CX-5 SUVs.
And, at 1845mm wide and 1695mm tall, it outstrips both the 1765/1550mm CX-3 and the 1842/1680mm CX-5.
Power is provided by a choice of two small four-cylinder engines, in the form of 102kW/225Nm 1.3-litre and 124kW/285Nm 1.5-litre turbo petrol options. If nothing else, that 1.5-litre engine could potentially replace the 110kW/210Nm 1.5 unit we get in Australia.
Inside, there's a 12-inch main display, matched to a large driver display behind the steering wheel. Safety kit includes a 360-degree camera system, lane-departure warning, lane-change assist, tyre-pressure monitoring and parking sensors at the front and rear.
In Australia, Haval's confirmed upcoming offerings this year are limited to a lightly updated H6. The H7 is still to be locked in, and none of the brand's recent overseas unveilings appear to be a chance at his stage.
Year-to-date, Haval has registered 129 cars in Australia – down from 141 at the same point in 2017.