With this year's Beijing motor show, the 2021 Haval H6 is preparing for its international debut, following its domestic market launch at the Chengdu show in July.
Parent company, Great Wall Motor, is using the motor show to remake itself as a “global technology travel company” but for now, the Haval H6 looks to follow a fairly traditional medium SUV format.
Powered by a 1.5-litre turbocharged four-cylinder petrol engine, and with a seven-speed dual clutch automatic as standard, the new H6 runs a mechanical setup that’s typical of similarly-sized Chinese-built SUVs.
Externally, the new H6 stretches 4653mm in length, stands 1700mm tall and measures 1886mm in wide.
Interestingly though, it’s technically not the international successor to the H6 sold in Australia – which is labelled the H6 Coupe in overseas markets, and sold as a separate model line.
Compared to the top-selling Toyota RAV4, the new H6 is 53mm longer, 31mm wider and 15mm taller. Next to the current H6 sold in Aus, the new H6 is notably larger, 104mm longer, 51mm wider and, but the same height – though even the H6 Coupe has switched to a new generation model in China.
Engine performance from the 1.5T engine doesn’t quite stack up to the H6 sold here, with 124kW at 5000-5600rpm and 285Nm between 1400 and 3600rpm. Close to the class average locally, but a step down from the 145kW/315Nm 2.0T of the current model.
High-spec versions do come fully-loaded, however, with a fully 10.2-inch digital instrument display, 12.3-inch touchscreen infotainment, head-up display, wireless charge pad, leather trim with electrically adjustable front seats, adaptive LED headlights, ambient cabin lighting, dual-zone climate control, keyless entry and start, powered tailgate, panoramic sunroof, and 19-inch alloy wheels.
Safety and driver assist systems include adaptive cruise control, automated park assist, lane keep assist with lane centering, driver fatigue monitoring, traffic sign recognition, autonomous emergency braking, plus ISOFIX child seat anchors and front, side and curtain airbags.
Will the new Haval H6 come to Australia?
In the Chinese market, Haval offers 14 distinct model lines, offering a broad choice of potential international market opportunities, though not every new model is prepared with export in mind.
The brand has previously signalled its intention to expand globally, including the production of right-hand drive vehicles from 2021.
Speaking with CarAdvice, a spokesperson from Haval Australia said, “It’s always exciting to see these sort of leaps in technology, innovation and engineering released globally, and we’re always looking to see how it could work in our market.”
Although stopping short of confirming the new model locally, he said, “It’s something that’s on our radar, we’re studying closely and looking forward to making an announcement in the future.”
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