There’s a Chinese challenger gunning for the Toyota RAV4 Hybrid.
The 2022 Haval H6 Hybrid is coming to Australia initially in a single, fully-loaded front-wheel drive model, priced at $44,990 drive-away.
GWM Haval Australia says the first arrivals are “expected in the coming weeks”.
In terms of equipment, it aligns with the flagship Ultra that’s priced at $38,990 drive-away in front-wheel drive guise.
The 2022 RAV4 Hybrid, in contrast, is available in five different trim levels and with a choice of front- or all-wheel drive. It’s priced between $36,800 and $52,320 before on-road costs.
The H6 Hybrid is distinguished from its regular petrol siblings through a new grille, different door trim, and rear centre brake lights. The company has only released a single photo thus far.
Power comes from a 1.5-litre turbocharged petrol engine teamed with a two-speed 130kW electric motor and 1.8kWh battery pack.
System outputs are quoted at a beefy 179kW and 530Nm – up 29kW and 210Nm on 2.0-litre turbo petrol models.
The H6 Hybrid is front-wheel drive, with torque channelled through a ‘Direct Hybrid Transmission’. GWM claims the electrified SUV will use 5.2L/100km of 91 RON unleaded on the combined cycle.
In contrast, the regular H6 uses 7.4L/100km in front-wheel drive guise. A FWD RAV4 Hybrid uses 4.7L/100km.
There are EV, Series, Parallel and Regeneration drive modes, and the company promises “impressive acceleration and performance at low speeds with improved efficiency and power at higher speeds, resulting in a driving experience similar to a BEV”.
It’s not the only addition to the H6 line for 2022.
The range recently received a special edition Vanta flagship, while a ‘coupe’-style GT model is due here in the second quarter of 2022.
- 2022 Haval H6 Hybrid: $44,990 drive-away
The 2022 Haval H6 Hybrid is powered by a 1.5-litre turbocharged petrol engine teamed with a two-speed 130kW electric motor and 1.8kWh battery pack.
Total system outputs are 179kW of power and 530Nm of torque, sent to the front wheels via a two-speed ‘Direct Hybrid Transmission’.
The 2022 Haval H6 Hybrid uses 5.2L/100km on the combined cycle.
It runs on 91RON regular unleaded fuel.
The regular 2022 Haval H6 measures in at 1886mm wide, 1724mm tall, and 4653mm long with a 2738mm wheelbase.
With the rear seats upright, the Haval H6 has a boot capacity of 600L. This expands to 1485L with the rear seats folded down.
The 2022 Haval H6 is covered by a seven-year, unlimited-kilometre warranty with five years of roadside assist.
The first five years of servicing will set you back a combined $1650.
Capped-price servicing details have yet to be announced.
The 2022 Haval H6 has yet to be crash tested by ANCAP.
The Hybrid comes standard with the following safety features:
- Autonomous emergency braking (AEB) with pedestrian, cyclist and junction assist
- Lane-keep assist
- Lane-centring assist
- Lane-departure warning
- Adaptive cruise control
- Blind-spot monitoring
- Rear cross-traffic alert
- Driver attention monitoring
- Traffic sign recognition
- Traffic jam assist
- Safe exit warning
- Front, front-side and curtain airbags plus a centre airbag
- Surround-view camera
- Front and rear parking sensors
- Tyre pressure monitoring system
The H6 Hybrid comes standard with the following equipment:
- 12.3-inch touchscreen infotainment display
- 10.25-inch digital instrument cluster
- Wired Apple CarPlay and Android Auto
- LED headlights, daytime running lights and tail lights
- LED front and rear fog lights
- Keyless entry and start
- Leather-wrapped steering wheel
- Black leatherette upholstery
- Dual-zone climate control
- Eight-speaker sound system
- Electronic anti-glare rear-view mirror
- Rear privacy glass
- Power windows with on-touch up/down for all windows.
- Head-up display
- Semi-autonomous parking assist
- Interior ambient lighting
- Power tailgate
- Panoramic sunroof
- Wireless phone charging
- Eight-way power driver’s seat
- Four-way power passenger’s seat
- Heated and ventilated front seats
- Heated steering wheel
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