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CHINESE SUV SPECIALIST HAVAL TOOK THE WRAPS off a production version of its first plug-in hybrid vehicle at the Guangzhou Motor Show in China.
The P8 SUV – launched under the company’s Wey luxury brand (named after Haval owner, Jack Wey) – goes on sale in China in the first quarter of 2018.
Shown in prototype form at the 2017 Frankfurt Motor Show in Germany, the P8 has a PHEV powertrain coupling a 2.0-litre turbocharged petrol engine with electric motors on each axle.
The combined power output of 250kw of maximum power and 520Nm of peak torque, drives all four wheels through a six-speed dual clutch transmission.
Haval says the P8 can hit 100km/h in 6.5 seconds, and can return fuel consumption of 2.3 litres/100km.
The home charger can fully charge the vehicle in four hours. Haval says the maximum range is 660 kilometres.
Safety kit includes autonomous emergency braking, forward collision warning, adaptive cruise control, lane keep assist, lane change assist, lane departure warning, blind-spot monitoring, rear cross traffic alert, a 360-degree camera and a streaming rear-view mirror.
Company chairman Jack Wey says the P8 is a milestone in his journey to put luxury vehicles within reach of all consumers.
And he says Haval is well on the way to becoming a leader in autonomous vehicles. “Our XEV concept we showed at Frankfurt Motor Show has already reached an L3 level of automation and we are on target to reach L4 in the next two years.”
L3 vehicles allow drivers safely to turn their attention away from driving, with the vehicle capable of emergency braking and other tasks. But it still requires the driver to undertake duties/inputs if requested.
L4 doesn’t require a human for any driving actions, with the car able to respond to any situation and guide itself to its destination.
Above: Haval’s new PHEV – marketed under the company’s Wey luxury label – has bold ‘face’ typical of Chinese vehicles. Below: Side profile uses currently in-vogue coupe style and has athletic lines.