It may not catch the most attention but Chinese brand Haval has been quietly building momentum and hopes to snap up a raft of Australian buyers with its all new H6 midsize SUV.
Haval has confirmed that the all-new H6 midsize SUV will go on sale in Australia in the second quarter of this year.
A right-hand-drive model has already landed in Australia to undergo testing and to help iron out the kinks as it aims to draw in value-seeking buyers with a healthy list of features in one of the overpopulated midsize SUV segments.
The H6 will arrive with a sole engine option in the form of a 2.0-litre four-cylinder turbo petrol engine making 150kW of power and 320Nm of torque, which is matched exclusively to a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission.
Australian buyers will be able to pick from either front or all-wheel-drive depending on the grade, with the latter fitted with selectable drive modes that include Normal, Economy, Sports and All-Terrain.
Haval has been pouring serious money into its new platform with the underpinnings of the H6 said to be both larger and lighter than its predecessor, weighing 1550kg in the front wheel drive variant.
In fact, the new H6 is one of the biggest in the midsize SUV segment but whether the expanded external dimensions have been turned into practical space inside remains to be seen.
While the Haval H6 will no doubt be keenly priced, the Chinese brand has made an effort to include a range of features for the money with goodies such as wireless charging, a heated steering wheel, 360-degree camera and self-parking fitted either as standard or a cost option.
With the Haval H6 more than likely to serve time as a family car, engineers have also added a suite of crash-avoidance tech as standard including lane keep assist, blind-spot monitoring, driver fatigue monitoring, traffic sign recognition and automatic emergency braking.
A full breakdown of pricing and specifications in Australia will be released closer to the launch date in the second quarter of this year.
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