The Haval Cool Dog SUV was officially launched in China on August 10. Four trims were launched with a price range of 123,800 – 149,800 RMB (18,400 – 22,100 USD). The Cool Dog is Haval‘s tenth car. Haval is a brand under Great Wall Motor (GWM).
The Cool Dog has a boxy off-road design with a straight nose, a high waistline, and short front and rear overhangs. The size of the car is 4520/1875/1745mm with a 2710mm wheelbase.
The rear comes with a narrow D-pillar, a very narrow window, and a spare wheel cover that extends upwards into the said window. The car looks rather rugged with black cladding over the wheels and below the doors. The A-B-C pillars are painted in silver, no matter the body color.
The Cool Dog is also equipped with two-color five-spoke wheels.
The center console material is all solid plastic. The three-spoke steering wheel is wrapped in black leather and the seats are wrapped in yellow-black leather.
The interior comes with a 12.3-inch instrument panel and a 12.3-inch central control screen for the infotainment system equipped with a KTV function, which is increasingly popular in China. Back in the early 2000’s, many Chinese car makers fitted VCD-based KTV systems in their cars, with tiny screens on the dash and in the back. Nowadays it is all cloud-based of course. The app in the Cool Dog is called Thunderstone, an app also installed in cars made by Tesla China, Li Auto, Lynk & Co, Weltmeister, Aion, and Leap Motor.
Other functions include GPS navigation, voice recognition, OTA update, and apps such as TikTok for entertainment.
The sunroof is standard in the Cool Dog.
The Cool Dog also comes with an 18-speaker JVC sound system, with fancy speakers in the headrests. This is the first time we see a JVC-branded audio system on a Chinese car. The system in the Cool Dog was jointly developed by JVC and GWM, with an investment of 28 million RMB. In the near future, other GWM cars will get JVC audio too.
Power comes from a 1.5 turbo with 184 hp and 275 Nm. This engine is used in many other GWM cars. It is mated to a 7-speed DCT. Base versions get the front-wheel drive and top versions get the four-wheel drive.