Another Chinese challenger is aiming right for the heart of one of Australia’s most popular segments.
GWM Haval has confirmed the entry-level H6 Premium will start at $30,990 drive-away when it goes on sale in April 2021.
That’s $2000 more than drive-away pricing for the outgoing base H6 but every model now comes standard with autonomous emergency braking with pedestrian and cyclist detection, as well as lane-keeping assist, lane-departure warning, blind-spot monitoring, driver attention monitoring and traffic sign recognition.
There are also seven airbags, including a front-centre bag to stop the front-seat occupants from clashing against each other in a collision.
It’s been completely redesigned, riding on a new modular platform and finally offering a raft of active safety technology.
The new generation also adds a raft of features not previously seen on the H6, including semi-autonomous parking assist, ventilated front seats, wireless phone charging and adaptive cruise control.
The range now comprises three trim levels and adds the option of all-wheel drive.
All use a turbocharged 2.0-litre four-cylinder engine making 150kW of power and 320Nm of torque.
Power is sent to the wheels through a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission.
The range opens with the Premium, which comes standard with the following equipment:
- 10.25-inch infotainment system
- 10.25-inch digital instrument cluster
- Wired Android Auto and Apple CarPlay
- 18-inch alloy wheels
- LED headlights, daytime running lights and tail lights
- Reversing camera with rear parking sensors
- Tyre-pressure monitoring
The Lux adds:
- LED front fog lights
- Roof rails
- Leather-wrapped steering wheel
- Leatherette upholstery
- Heated front seats
- Six-way power driver’s seat
- Dual-zone climate control
- Eight-speaker sound system
- Adaptive cruise control with stop/go
- Traffic jam assist
- Surround-view camera
- Electronic anti-glare rear-view mirror
The new Ultra flagship is available with either front- or all-wheel drive. It adds:
- 12.3-inch touchscreen
- Head-up display
- Rear cross-traffic alert
- Semi-autonomous parking assist
- Power tailgate
- Panoramic sunroof
- 19-inch alloy wheels
- Heated and ventilated front seats
- Heated steering wheel
- Wireless phone charging
- Four-way power passenger’s seat
Last year, Haval sold 957 H6s. That was well below rivals like the MG HS (2600 sales), though H6 sales were up 101.5 per cent year-to-date.
Stay tuned for more information on the redesigned H6.