CHI­NESE SUV “COUPÉ”

HAVAL H6 C NOW AVAIL­ABLE

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The Chi­nese man­u­fac­turer Haval has re­cently ex­tended its lo­cal line-up – con­sist­ing of the re­badged H1 and the very ac­com­plished H2 – with the H6 C: a mid-size SUV “coupé” (ac­cord­ing to the au­tomaker the “C” stands for Coupé).

While not fit­ting the tra­di­tional coupé de­scrip­tion, the new mid-sized SUV has pleas­ing lines and a svelte look, re­in­forc­ing the styling traits in­tro­duced by the H2. It also shares the Mit­subishider­ived en­gine of the H2 – a two-litre, four-cylin­der, turbo-petrol mill de­liv­er­ing 140 kw and 310 Nm of torque be­tween 2,000 and 3,600 r/min, giv­ing it brisk ac­cel­er­a­tion – 0 to 100 km/h com­ing up in 9 sec­onds, ac­cord­ing to Haval.

Power is trans­ferred to the front wheels via a 6-speed au­to­matic (DCT) or six-speed man­ual trans­mis­sion, and 4WD ver­sions are avail­able on spe­cial or­der. The H6 C is avail­able in three trim lev­els: City, Pre­mium, and Lux­ury. Stan­dard equip­ment across the range in­clude ESP (Elec­tronic Sta­bil­ity Pro­gram), Hill As­cent and De­scent Con­trol, ad­justable front seat­belts with pre-ten­sion­ers, a re­verse cam­era, and child locks.

All de­riv­a­tives, bar City-spec ve­hi­cles, have six airbags – help­ing the range to achieve a fives­tar crash safety rat­ing. Other fea­tures in­clude stan­dard dual-zone cli­mate con­trol, elec­tric fold­able side mir­rors with demis­ter, key­less en­try, steer­ing wheel con­trols, auto head­lights and wipers, and a top-notch sound sys­tem.

Pric­ing is very com­pet­i­tive, with the en­try-level 2.0T City man­ual avail­able at R329,900, the 2.0T Pre­mium man­ual for R339,900, the 2.0T Lux­ury man­ual for R359,900, and the top-model 2.0T DCT Lux­ury 4X2 for R389,900.

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