2022 GWM Haval Cool Dog revealed, on Australian radar

The GWM Haval Cool Dog is smaller than the Big Dog and is on Haval Australia's radar, although no local launch is confirmed yet.


GWM Haval has revealed a small, rugged-looking SUV in China, which slots in beneath the Big Dog.

Dubbed the Cool Dog or Kugou, depending on where you look, this small SUV shares a lot of its design elements and boxy silhouette with its larger sibling.

Think of the GWM Haval Cool Dog as a tougher version of the GWM Haval Jolion and a Chinese equivalent to the Ford Bronco Sport.

CarExpert understands the larger GWM Haval Big Dog will launch in Australia in the fourth quarter of 2023, and it will be referred to as the Dargo.

A GWM Haval Australia spokesperson said the Cool Dog isn’t confirmed for the Australian market yet, but is on its radar.

The small SUV was first shown off in concept form at the 2021 Shanghai motor show, but now it’s been revealed in production form.

Powering the Cool Dog is a 1.5-litre turbocharged four-cylinder engine producing 135kW of power and 275Nm of torque. This is mated to a seven-speed dual-clutch with either front- or all-wheel drive.

It measures in at 4520mm long, 1875mm wide, 1745mm tall, with a 2710mm wheelbase.

This is around 100mm shorter than the larger Haval Big Dog, and around 130mm longer than the Ford Bronco Sport.

At the front the Cool Dog has a set of round LED headlights with a plus-sign daytime running light signature, as well as a long rectangular grille vertical stakes.

The bonnet is long and there are a number of lumps and bumps to give the it some dynamic character, as well as muscular, squared-off wheel arches. All around the Cool Dog are either black or silver-painted faux bash plates to give it a more rugged image.

At the back there’s a lumpy rectangular section where the rear-mounted spare tyre typically is. It looks very similar to the unit on the SsangYong Torres.

There are also squared-off, almost trapezoidal LED tail lights that are vertically-oriented.

Inside, the GWM Haval Cool Dog has a 12.3-inch touchscreen infotainment system, digital instrument cluster, an 18-speaker JVC sound system, as well as interior ambient lighting.

Higher-spec models receive faux-carbon fibre panels as well as two-tone yellow and black leather seats.

Chinese publication Autohome has reported the Cool Dog will launch in China in the third quarter of 2022 and pricing will range between ¥120,000 and ¥150,000 ($A26,511-$A33,139).

As previously reported, Great Wall Motors has trademarked the names GWM Haval Dargo and Ora Good Cat with IP Australia.

The former is the export name for the tough-looking GWM Haval Big Dog crossover, while the latter is the Chinese-market name for the electric hatchback.

CarExpert understands the Ora Good Cat will be launched in the third quarter of 2022 and the GWM Haval Dargo in the fourth quarter.

MORE: GWM Australia trademarks Haval Dargo, Ora Good Cat names

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