GWM Haval takes aim at Toy­ota For­tuner with new H9

Zululand Observer - Monday - - ZO MOTORING -

HAVAL has ex­panded its line-up of SUV/cross­over mod­els by launch­ing the new H9 at the Kyalami Fes­ti­val of Mo­tor­ing last week.

Haval is of course, for Chi­nese brand GWM what For­tuner is for Toy­ota.

Rid­ing on a lad­der-frame chas­sis and fea­tur­ing a dou­ble-wish­bone in­de­pen­dent sus­pen­sion at the front and a multi-link de­sign at the rear, the H9 backs up Haval’s off-road claims by in­clud­ing not only a BorgWarner de­vel­oped low-range trans­fer case, but also an Eton lim­ited slip rear dif­fer­en­tial, ground clear­ance of 206mm and six driv­ing modes - Auto, Snow, Mud, Sand, 4 Low and Sport.

In­side, the H9 of­fers seat­ing for seven, with the third row able to fold away elec­tri­cally via a but­ton lo­cated in the boot. With all seats down, Haval claims a to­tal ca­pac­ity of 747 litres.

Head space is rated at 1 025mm in front, 1 021mm in the sec­ond row and 903mm in the third.

Un­like the smaller H1, H2 and H6 C mod­els, the H9 is avail­able solely in top-spec lux­ury guise.

Its spec­i­fi­ca­tion sheet lists an eight-inch touch­screen in­fo­tain­ment sys­tem with Blue­tooth, satel­lite nav­i­ga­tion and USB, a 10-speaker In­fin­ity sound sys­tem, tri-zone cli­mate con­trol, a panoramic sun­roof, per­fo­rated leather steer­ing wheel, a seven-inch TFT in­stru­ment clus­ter, key­less en­try/go, leather seats with the fronts be­ing ven­ti­lated and fea­tur­ing a mas­sage func­tion, a ven­ti­lated glove box, rain sense wipers, auto on/off Xenon Adap­tive head­lights, day­time run­ning LEDs and il­lu­mi­nated door sills.

Safety-wise, the H9 boasts six airbags, ABS with EBD, ESP and Brake As­sist, front and rear park­ing sen­sors with a re­verse cam­era, Driver Con­di­tion Mon­i­tor, auto lock/un­lock doors, Hill Start As­sist, Hill De­scent Con­trol, Roll Move­ment In­ter­ven­tion, Rear Cross Traf­fic Alert, Lane Change As­sist and a Tyre Pres­sure Mon­i­tor.

The H9 is mo­ti­vated by a 2.0-litre turbo-charged petrol en­gine that de­vel­ops 180kW/350Nm, which is mated to a ZF-sourced eight­speed au­to­matic gear­box with pad­dle shifters.

Com­bined fuel con­sump­tion is a claimed 10.9-litres/100km.

The H9 is priced at

R599 900 and comes as stan­dard with a fiveyear/100 000km war­ranty and a five-year/60 000km ser­vice plan.

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