Western Suburbs Weekly - - Driveway -

HAVAL last week pulled the cov­ers back on its lat­est SUV - the new H7 - at the Auto China Ex­hi­bi­tion in Bei­jing.

Due to ar­rive in Aus­tralia in 2017, the H7 of­fers five or seven-seat con­fig­u­ra­tions and rep­re­sents a new level of lux­ury and tech­nol­ogy for the com­pany.

“It’s a very im­por­tant ve­hi­cle for us and for the Aus­tralian mar­ket,” Haval vice-pres­i­dent Pierre Le­clercq said.

“Aus­tralia is a very im­por­tant mar­ket for us. It is one of our first ex­port mar­kets and we know how pop­u­lar SUVs are with Aus­tralians.

“The H7 is the lat­est ex­am­ple of qual­ity prod­ucts that buy­ers will be proud to own.”

Built on an all-new plat­form, the H7 slots be­tween the H8, which is al­ready on sale in Aus­tralia and the H6, which will ar­rive later this year.

A 2.0-litre tur­bocharged di­rect in­jec­tion petrol en­gine will power the H7, pro­duc­ing 170kW and 355Nm, matched to a Ge­trag six-speed dual clutch trans­mis­sion that can pro­pel the H7 from rest to 100km/h in nine sec­onds.

It will have new lev­els of safety for China’s lead­ing SUV man­u­fac­turer, com­ing with adap­tive cruise con­trol, au­ton­o­mous emer­gency brak­ing, 360 de­gree view, blind spot mon­i­tor­ing, lane de­par­ture warn­ing and for­ward col­li­sion warn­ing. In­side, the H7 has a new TFT in­stru­ment panel and a 12inch multi-me­dia mon­i­tor in the cen­tre of the dashboard.

The H7 goes on sale in China in April. It will ar­rive in Aus­tralia in the sec­ond half of 2017. Pric­ing and fi­nal spec­i­fi­ca­tion for the Aus­tralian mar­ket will be an­nounced closer to launch.

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