Haval’s entry-level soft-roader, the H2, has received a modest nip-and-tuck and some extra equipment for 2020.
The most notable change to the exterior is the grille. The H2 appears to have adopted the fascia of the Chinese-market H2 Blue Label, a sportier H2 variant introduced in 2016.
The six-sided grille gains some horizontal chrome bars, making it rather reminiscent of the outgoing Ford Escape.
Prices remain the same as before at $22,990 drive-away for the base Premium and $25,990 drive-away for the range-topping Lux. There’s some additional equipment – Apple CarPlay across the range and LED headlights and a panoramic sunroof on the Lux.
Specifications otherwise remain the same. The base Premium comes with keyless entry and start, a rear-view camera and a 7-inch touchscreen infotainment system, while the Lux adds heated front seats, ambient cabin lighting and dual-zone climate control.
Neither variant is available with safety features like autonomous emergency braking.
All H2s are powered by a turbocharged, 1.5-litre four-cylinder petrol engine producing 110kW and 210Nm and mated to a six-speed automatic transmission. The price-leader City and its manual transmission – boasting a sub-$20k price – has disappeared from price lists. Haval is, however, currently advertising run-out H2s at $19,990 drive-away.
All Haval models have a seven-year, 100,000km warranty and 5 years of roadside assistance nationwide.
The H2 (along with the Haval brand) was introduced here in late 2015, though the H2 first appeared on the Chinese market in 2014. This will likely be the last refresh of the H2 ahead of a new generation’s debut at next year’s Beijing motor show. The new H2 should reach Australia sometime in 2021.
Though rival Chinese brand MG has so far sold more than three times as many ZS SUVs as Haval has of its H2 year-to-date, the lesser-known Chinese brand is growing. From October ’18 to October ’19, H2 sales increased 250 per cent, accounting for the lion’s share of Haval sales.
2020 Haval H2 pricing
- Premium - $22,900
- Lux - $25,990
All prices are drive-away.