The 2021 Haval Jolion has arrived in Australia, though pricing and specifications for the brand's segment-straddling compact SUV have yet to be announced.
Limited to just 300 vehicles, the Jolion LE will be offered in a choice of mid-spec Lux and flagship Ultra grades, though a full, unrestricted range including an entry-level variant (likely badged Premium) is expected to arrive later down the road.
However, pricing has yet to be announced for any variant – though expect an increase over the outgoing H2, which is priced from $22,990 drive-away for the most affordable Premium grade.
While full equipment lists and specifications won't be announced until "a later date", available features on certain variants include an LED digital instrument cluster, head-up display, driver attention monitoring, a chrome grille and wireless smartphone charging.
Images released by Haval also show a circa-10.0-inch infotainment touchscreen with Bluetooth and Apple CarPlay, push-button start and a rotary gear shifter will feature, while government documents uncovered by CarAdvice in March 2021 show flagship models will offer 18-inch alloy wheels and a sunroof.
Standard safety features across the LE line-up will include autonomous emergency braking, adaptive cruise control, lane-keep assist, lane departure warning, blind-spot monitoring, rear cross-traffic alert and traffic-sign recognition.
Powering the Jolion LE is a 1.5-litre turbocharged four-cylinder petrol engine, sending 110kW and 210Nm to the front wheels through a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission, and augmented by Standard, Eco, Sport and Snow drive modes.
While those outputs are identical to the H2 it replaces, Haval claims the new car's engine has been "re-engineered", with the dual-clutch gearbox likely to deliver superior fuel economy and snappier shifts on the move than the previous car's six-speed torque-converter auto.
The Jolion measures 4472mm long and 1841mm wide, riding on a wheelbase of 2700mm – just nudging it into the 'medium SUV' segment on the Australian sales charts, despite its positioning as an indirect replacement for the small-sized H2.
"With the flexibility and feature set of a larger SUV but at a small SUV price point, the Jolion is expected to stand out in a competitive market and make significant contribution to growing the GWM brand further in Australia and international markets," says the Chinese brand.
Stay tuned to CarAdvice for more details on the 2021 Haval Jolion in the coming weeks.