There’s a new GWM Haval Jolion Hybrid now arriving in dealers, but the petrol model will look very familiar.

    Confusingly, GWM has taken the Chitu/Red Rabbit – a close relation to the existing Jolion, which it entered production during the same year as – and is introducing it to various global markets such as ours.

    But the new-look SUV is coming here only as a hybrid, taking the place of the ‘old shape’ Jolion Hybrid models.

    Not only does it have a fresh look (for Australia), the new Jolion Hybrid also brings multi-link independent rear suspension, previously exclusive to the sporty Jolion S.

    The sportier styling does result in reduced boot space however, which shrinks from 337L to 255L.

    Those who prefer the old-look car will still be able to get it, albeit only with petrol power. Regardless of exterior appearance, all models share the same overall interior design.

    Prices have been reduced for petrol models by between $1000 and $1500, while hybrid models are up to $2000 cheaper than the models they replace.

    While the petrol models don’t get the new exterior, they do get some visual tweaks including a revised grille and bumpers.

    The steering wheel now has four-way adjustment, replacing the two-way adjustment of the pre-update model.

    Petrol-powered Ultra and S models are dead, as is the turbo 1.6-litre four used in the latter, with the old shape limited to lower-spec Premium and Lux trim levels

    However, there’s a new Premium Hybrid, lowering the cost of entry into a hybrid Jolion.

    Whether this abates confusion or causes more, GWM will market the new-look hybrid models as the Jolion Hybrid and not as the Jolion Pro – despite that name appearing on the tailgate.

    “The rear of the vehicle carries Jolion Pro badging (consistent with global naming) but for simplicity of communication and to continue reinforcement of the Jolion nomenclature, this model will be marketed and sold as GWM Jolion Hybrid in the ANZ region,” the company says.

    GWM is continuing its ‘Masterbrand’ strategy, and has put a prominent GWM wordmark on the tailgate as it de-emphasises the Haval name that’s now technically a sub-brand in Australia.


    ModelDrive-away price
    2024 GWM Haval Jolion Premium$26,990 (-$1500)
    2024 GWM Haval Jolion Lux$29,990 (-$1000)
    2024 GWM Haval Jolion Premium Hybrid$32,990 (NEW)
    2024 GWM Haval Jolion Lux Hybrid$35,990 (-$1000)
    2024 GWM Haval Jolion Ultra Hybrid$38,990 (-$2000)


    Powertrain1.5L turbo 4cyl1.5L hybrid 4cyl
    Engine power105kW70kW
    Engine torque210Nm125Nm
    Electric motor power115kW
    Electric motor torque250Nm
    Total system power140kW
    Total system torque375Nm
    Transmission7-speed dual-clutch autoDedicated Hybrid Transmission
    Drive typeFront-wheel driveFront-wheel drive


    Fuel economy – combined8.1L/100km5.1L/100km
    Fuel type91 RON91 RON

    While the Jolion Hybrid has the same powertrain as the old-look Hybrid, fuel consumption is up fractionally from 5.0L/100km.


    Boot space (second row up)337L255L
    Boot space (second row folded)1133L916L
    Braked towing capacity1500kg1300kg
    Unbraked towing capacity750kg750kg

    Servicing and Warranty

    The GWM Haval Jolion is backed by a seven-year, unlimited-kilometre warranty.

    GWM offers five years of capped-price servicing. It hasn’t announced changes to its capped-price servicing costs, which are currently as follows:

    12 months/10,000km$210$225
    24 months/25,000km$250$250
    36 months/40,000km$350$400
    48 months/55,000km$450$550
    60 months/70,000km$290$225


    The GWM Haval Jolion has a five-star safety rating from ANCAP, based on testing conducted in 2022.

    It received an adult occupant protection rating of 90 per cent, a child occupant protection rating of 84 per cent, a vulnerable road user protection rating of 64 per cent, and a safety assist rating of 92 per cent.

    Standard safety equipment includes:

    • Adaptive cruise control
    • Autonomous emergency braking
    • Pedestrian detection
    • Cyclist detection
    • Blind-spot monitoring
    • Driver drowsiness detection
    • Lane-keep assist
    • Lane centring
    • Emergency lane-keep assist
    • Rear cross-traffic assist
    • Safe exit warning
    • Traffic sign recognition
    • 7 airbags
    • Reversing camera
    • Rear parking sensors

    Lux and up gain a surround-view camera, while the Ultra Hybrid also has front parking sensors.

    Standard Equipment

    There are five variants in the Jolion range: two ‘old look’ petrol models and three ‘new look’ hybrids.

    The base Premium and Premium Hybrid come standard with the following equipment:

    • 17-inch alloy wheels
    • Space saver spare wheel
    • Tyre pressure monitoring
    • Halogen headlights
    • Torsion beam rear suspension
    • Rain-sensing wipers
    • Electric park brake
    • Hill descent control
    • Proximity entry with push-button start
    • 3.5-inch instrument cluster screen
    • 10.25-inch touchscreen infotainment system
    • Wired Apple CarPlay and Android Auto
    • 4-speaker sound system
    • Air-conditioning
    • Rear air vents
    • 4-way manual steering wheel adjustment (NEW)
    • Cloth upholstery
    • Paddle shifter
    • Launch control (Premium Hybrid only)

    The Lux and Lux Hybrid add:

    • LED headlights
    • 7.0-inch digital instrument cluster
    • Rear privacy glass
    • 12.3-inch infotainment touchscreen (Lux Hybrid only)
    • 6-speaker sound system
    • Dual-zone climate control
    • Luggage cover
    • 6-way power driver’s seat
    • Leatherette upholstery
    • Heated front seats
    • Leatherette-wrapped steering wheel
    • Illuminated vanity mirror

    The Ultra Hybrid adds:

    • Panoramic sunroof
    • Roof rails
    • Wireless phone charger
    • Ventilated driver’s seat (NEW)
    • 4-way power passenger seat (NEW)
    • Head-up display
    • Multi-colour ambient lighting
    • Semi-autonomous parking assist


    Hamilton White paint is standard.

    The following finishes costing an extra $495:

    • Golden Black
    • Mars Red (Premium, Lux only)
    • Azure Blue (Premium, Lux only)
    • Arctic Blue (hybrid models only)
    • Ayers Grey

    Smoke Grey and Vivid Green have been removed from the palette.

    MORE: Everything GWM Haval Jolion

    William Stopford

    William Stopford is an automotive journalist based in Brisbane, Australia. William is a Business/Journalism graduate from the Queensland University of Technology who loves to travel, briefly lived in the US, and has a particular interest in the American car industry.

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