Haval has introduced a coupe SUV version of its H6 mid-sizer in China.
The Haval H6S will measure 4714mm long, 1940mm wide and 1729mm tall on a 2738mm wheelbase.
In contrast, the H6 wagon measures 4653mm long, 1886mm wide and 1724mm tall on an identical wheelbase.
“We certainly like what we see with the Haval H6S but it’s still too early to say whether we’ll see it here in Australia or not,” said a spokesperson from GWM Haval Australia.
Haval has touted the shark as its design inspiration, and up front there’s a more aggressive front fascia than the H6 wagon.
There’s a mesh trapezoidal grille with a smaller opening above, plus triangular cut-outs to the side. Colour-contrast exterior accents are available.
There’s a more tapered roofline, with a fastback rear à la the BMW X4 while the tailgate features a bi-plane rear spoiler set-up.
The rear bumper has unusual cutouts for the exhaust outlets, plus angular cutouts above for additional lighting. The tail lights don’t stretch across the tailgate as on the wagon.
Inside, there are unique sport seats and colour accents, though the dashboard is shared with the H6 wagon.
That includes a 10.25-inch digital instrument cluster and a 12.3-inch touchscreen infotainment system.
Haval hasn’t officially announced powertrains, though it’s expected to share a hybrid option with the H6 wagon.
The H6 Hybrid, due here before the end of 2021, will pair a 1.5-litre turbo-petrol engine with a two-speed electric drive motor and a small 1.8kWh battery pack that stores captured braking energy.
Total system power and torque outputs are rated at 179kW and a meaty 530Nm, fuel economy is expected to sit around 5.2 litres per 100km, and the claimed zero to 100km/h acceleration time is 7.5 seconds.
In contrast, Toyota claims 163kW and 4.8L/100km for the RAV4 Hybrid.
The H6S isn’t the first coupe SUV from the Haval brand, which also offers the F7X in China.
The previous-generation H6 in Australia – technically two generations old, as we missed out on an intervening generation – was marketed as the H6 Coupe in China.
Despite introducing the third-generation H6, Haval still sells the second-generation model in China – not unusual for a market where sometimes three or four generations of a vehicle will be sold concurrently.
The overall H6 line has been the best-selling SUV in China for four years. It was the fifth best-selling vehicle overall in China in 2020.
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