GWM Haval takes aim at Toyota Fortuner with new H9
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.