New Haval H6 revealed, will hit NZ in May

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Words: Matthew Hansen
13 Apr 2021

Chinese car-maker Haval has confirmed that an all-new version of its mid-size competitor, the H6, will be in Kiwi showrooms in May 2021.

The model replaces the outgoing H6, the brand’s first offering sold in New Zealand. While the initial H6 was generally well received, critics had common criticisms — most of which appear to have been rectified in the new model,

The most notable of these alterations safety tech. While the last H6 scored a five-star ANCAP safety rating, a lot of its active safety features weren’t standard across all models. The new H6, by contrast, makes autonomous emergency braking with pedestrian and bicycle detection, lane departure warning, lane-keep assist, sign recognition, lane change assist, and blind-spot monitoring standard across all models.

Like with the last model, rich spec sheets are the H6’s big talking point. The base model, funnily enough classified as the ‘Premium’, complements the above with 18-inch wheels, a 10.25 digital cluster and 10.25-inch touchscreen paired to Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, and LED headlamps.

Move to the Lux model, and you get radar cruise control, a 360-degree camera, tinted rear windows, DTS audio, heated front seats, and dual-zone climate. Flagship Ultra models add 19-inch rims, a larger 12.3-inch touchscreen, a heads-up display, electric tailgate, wireless phone charging, automatic parking, and more.

The 2.0-litre turbofour fitted to all models produces 152kW of power and 320Nm of torque. This is a five kW/Nm increase over the outgoing model, and comes paired to a 7-speed dual-clutch (an extra cog over the last DCT).

It’s larger than the old model, too, with 104mm of extra length, 51mm added to its hips, 24mm more height, and 18mm added to its wheelbase.

The key point not addressed by the model’s press release, issued today, is pricing. This is to be the H6’s party piece relative to mainstream rivals. Haval’s local arm plans to announce pricing at a later date. For reference, the outgoing model started at $33,990, and Australia’s H6 line-up will start from AU$30,000.

It’s the second big announcement this month from Haval, following confirmation of its H2 replacement — the Jolion. It is sized much closer to the H6, and will beat the H6 into local showrooms (the first examples have already touched down).

“There’s certainly a lot happening at GWM at the moment. To now confirm the imminent arrival of the All-New Haval Jolion, followed closely by the All-New H6, is indicative of the progress that our brand is making,” said GWM marketing and communications head Steve Maciver.

“With two brand new SUV options that are loaded with technology, safety and value, there has never been a better time for buyers to consider Haval.”

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