Third generation Haval H6 arrives in SA
Brand new Haval H6 impresses in all departments including price
Haval are in the midst of a wave of product introductions with the launch of the new H6, their second new model introduction in as many months.
The second generation H6 was not available in right-hand drive so was never sold in South Africa, meaning that this third-generation model represents a quantum leap in all departments compared to what South Africans experienced before.
The third generation H6 is a brand-new vehicle and has been significantly improved in all areas including design, intelligence, power, safety and comfort.
The Phil Simmons design flows beautifully from the front bumper and the mesh grille to the streamlined waistline. LED lighting is striking and effective and along with 18 or 19-inch wheels, model dependant, rounds off the premium styling perfectly. The rear lighting signature screams premium, with a full-length red stripe that lights up the rear en as you hit unlock on the key.
Inside is what Haval calls an Oriental styled intelligent cockpit. The dashboard features two floating digital displays. Behind the steering wheel is a 10.25-inch full-colour instrument panel and in the centre console is a 12.3-inch super intelligent touchscreen from where the majority of functions are controlled, including the infotainment and climate control. This centre screen also displays the rear-view camera and 360 degree view when parking and that display is of the highest quality I have ever seen, it is even possible to notice different coloured bricks on paved surfaces.
The high centre console features a rotary gear selector, electronic handbrake switch, cell phone tray and cup holder up top and a neat storage space below, which helps to keep valuable items out of sight.
Large areas such as the dashboard and door panels feature leather and soft-touch materials, which adds to the premium and comfortable cabin experience.
Latest generation technology includes adaptive cruise control and traffic sign recognition. Traffic jam assist allows the driver to engage cruise control in bumper-to-bumper traffic. The top of the range Super Luxury model gains a heads-up display, 15W wireless charging capability and intelligent tailgate to the offering. Keyless entry and push button start add to the convenience.
A negative Ion air cleaner and N95 grade filtration system ensure that the air in the cabin is cleaner than the air outside and noise vibration and harshness levels are vastly improved.
Rear passenger legroom is excellent and so is the size of the boot at 337 litres. The boot can be expanded by folding down the rear seats, revealing a cavernous space.
Power to the people
The biggest step forward in terms of refinement has been in the drivetrain department with the fitment if an all-new 2.0 litre direct injection, turbocharged engine. This engine boasts 150kW at 6000rpm and 320Nm between 1500 and 400rpm, which creates a smooth and linear power band. All models are paired with a seven-speed dual clutch transmission complete with paddle shifters.
The vehicle is responsive and power delivery smooth throughout the rev range while gear changes are seamless like those of a dual-clutch gearbox should be.
Smoothing out the bumps
Comfort was clearly a key priority in the design process. A newly adopted McPherson strut independent front suspension and multi-link independent rear suspension largely improve the handling capabilities, while the centre of gravity has been lowered by 20mm. The H6 offers 170mm of ground clearance, which is enough for any dirt road adventuring you might want to do.
A wheelbase of 2738mm, eight-way adjustable driver seat and four-way adjustable front passenger seat as well as leather seats all round ensure maximum ergonomic efficiency and contribute to the comfort levels.
Safe as houses
A latest generation safety suite includes electronic stability control, high-definition 360-degree view camera, lane departure warning, lane keeping assist, blind spot monitoring system as well as a tyre pressure monitoring. An intricate pedestrian protection system with a collapsible energy absorption system, six-airbags, anti-theft alarm and electronic immobiliser are all standard features.
The new Haval H6 is extremely well priced for a vehicle of this size, quality, and level of specification and in doing so competes against a wide variety of vehicles, including those that are of similar size as purely due to the aggressive pricing of the larger H6.
At launch the new H6 will only be available with the 2.0-litre engine, but Haval are expected to expand the line up in August with additional models including a 1.5-litre option.
All H6 models are sold with a five-year/100 00km warranty as well as a five-year/60 000km service plan.
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