Haval, a prominent brand under the umbrella of Great Wall Motor (GWM), is gearing up to launch its latest iteration, the second-generation H9. Recent shots provide an intriguing sneak peek into the upcoming rugged SUV.
Haval and GWM Background
GWM, one of China’s largest privately owned automakers, boasts a diverse portfolio of brands. Haval, specializing in crossovers and SUVs, stands out with three distinct series. The H-series focuses on classic, urban SUVs, the Dog series is dedicated to light off-road vehicles (ORVs), and the Dragon series revolves around new energy vehicles. The previous H9 dates back to 2017 and has similar size specifications.
In 2023, Haval made waves with the launch of the second generation of the Big Dog series, introducing models like the Big Dog, and Raptor. Additionally, GWM’s presence extends beyond Haval, featuring subbrands like Wey, Tank (emphasizing hardcore SUVs), Poer / Shanhai (specializing in pickups), and SAR (already discontinued).
Sneak Peek into Haval H9
The new shots reveal Haval’s robust design philosophy, maintaining the tradition of a body-on-frame construction. Judging by the photos, the off-road capabilities of the H9 seem promising, with the ability to tackle challenging terrains such as steep slopes and sand crossings.
The H9’s exterior presents a tough demeanor with a substantial front grille and familiar round headlights. The short front and rear overhangs, combined with a long wheelbase, contribute to its anticipated mid-to-large SUV status. The sizable window area beyond the C-pillar looks clean, while the rear showcases a side-opening tailgate and a square-shaped spare tire carrier.
The new shots show the revamped interior, featuring a redesigned steering wheel and a large floating center console screen. The gear shifter design aligns with other models in Haval’s lineup, emphasizing functionality with physical buttons and knobs.
Under the hood, the H9 is expected to offer a choice between a 2.0T gasoline engine and a 2.4T diesel engine; both mated to 8AT and 9AT transmissions. The current Haval H9 houses a 2.0-liter turbocharged engine with 165 kW of power and 385 Nm of torque, paired with an 8-speed automatic transmission. As for its handling, the H9 is reportedly equipped with front and rear differential locks, a second-generation all-terrain control system with various modes, and features like CCO off-road cruise control and TAB tank turning.
As we await further details and an official release, the new shots of the Haval H9 hint at a formidable addition to Haval’s diverse lineup, catering to enthusiasts seeking a capable and rugged SUV experience. Stay tuned for updates on this off-road edition of the H series from Haval.