Chinese SUV brand here in August
CHINESE SUV BRAND, HAVAL, WILL ENTER the New Zealand market in August.
Haval has been China’s top-selling SUV nameplate since its launch in 2002, and is a sister brand to ute maker, Great Wall.
Haval will launch the compact H2 and medium-sized H6 models in August, and the all-new seven-seat H7 will follow soon after.
There’s no word yet on whether the more upmarket H9 will be sold in New Zealand.
The upgraded H9 which goes on sale in Australia later this year, has a fully-automatic ZF eight-speed automatic gearbox and a 2.0-litre turbocharged engine developing180 kw and 350Nm.
Changes to the running gear reduce fuel consumption by 10 percent to 11 litres/100km.
Blind Spot Monitoring and Lane Departure Warning have been added to Premium and LUX grades H9s, and 18-inch alloy wheels are standard on both
The H2 will be sharply-priced and is likely to have 18-inch alloy wheels, a sunroof, seveninch touch-screen, reversing camera, rear parking sensors, keyless entry, keyless start, cruise control, automatic wipers, automatic headlights and Bluetooth connectivity with audio streaming.
Its turbocharged 1.5-litre petrol engine develops 110kw of maximum power and peak torque of 210Nm of torque. It’s mated to a sixspeed manual gearbox.
Safety kit includes six airbags, ESC, active headrests and a tyre pressure monitoring system.
The H6 is Haval’s biggest selling model and its first to be fitted with a fast-shifting dual clutch transmission.
The Getrag Powershift 6DCT451 transmission is mated to a 145kw engine.
The gearbox has three shafts and two clutches (wet double clutch), controlled by electronics and hydraulics.
The transmission has a divided input shaft with a clutch for each shaft that works independently of the other. The first clutch transmits power to the input shaft for the odd gears (first, third, fifth, and reverse), and the second controls power to the input shaft for the even gears (second, fourth, and sixth).
A control unit constantly monitors information from multiple inputs including throttle position, engine and road speed to determine the optimum shift point.
The gears are pre-selected, with one clutch ensuring the current gear ends up in the correct position while the other clutch simultaneously prepares the next gear.
Haval says the set-up means the power transfer from the engine to the transmission is not interrupted when shifting, which takes just hundredths of a second. That allows shifting to take place while under load, maintaining a permanent power transfer. The driver can override it by engaging a manual model.
“The SUV market continues to grow in New Zealand and we’re confident the Haval range can be a key player here,” says Haval marketing manager, Tim Smith.
“While other manufacturers are spreading their talents across a wide range of vehicles and platforms, Haval is focusing and specialising. ..in the fastest growing automotive sector in the world.
“We sold more than one million vehicles in 2016 and have been named the world’s most powerful SUV brand by leading business valuation firm Brand Finance,” said Smith.
Top: Haval H2 will be sharply-priced when in launches locally in August. Below: Haval H2 has contemporary SUV lines (left). H6 is first Haval to be fitted with an automated manual gearbox biggest-selling model (right). (centre). H6 is Chinese brand Haval’s