GWM Haval Xiaolong Max facelift spied testing – big changes on the inside

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A facelifted version of the Haval Xiaolong Max has been spied testing and may well go on sale before the end of the year. The Xiaolong Max (see specs) is a PHEV only car from Great Wall Motor brand Haval.

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External changes are likely to be concentrated on the front and from what we can make out with the camouflage there is a more aggressive look. On the existing version, the light clusters form a Y-like shape however on the new car the clusters no longer extend downwards. It is possible that they are of a through-light design but the camouflage currently covers the middle section. We can see under the light clusters that the bumper and grille are far more angular than with the previous version and the air inlet appears slightly smaller.

In the spy shots, we can see that the area between the C and D pillars is completely covered with camouflage material indicating that there may well be a difference here. Otherwise, the side looks largely the same. On the existing car, the rear light clusters abruptly taper off leaving the middle section to display the Haval brand name. With the spy shots this middle area is camouflaged but it looks as if there might be a through-type light bar or simply the tapering off is not as abrupt. There may also be changes at the bottom of the rear bumper.

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Given the Chinese obsession with screen acreage surprisingly the Xiaolong Max seems to have less with the facelifted version. On the existing car, there is a staggered screen system whereby there is an LCD instrument panel which is set further back and a dual infotainment and passenger entertainment screen situated further forward on the dashboard. The spy shot shows no screen for the front passenger and instead a large centrally mounted infotainment screen along with an LCD screen for the driver. It’s believed that the new interior of the Xiaolong will look similar to the newly facelifted Haval H6. There should also be a head-up display and a new steering wheel.

The Xiaolong Max uses the GWM Hi4 PHEV system. In the current version, it is based around a GW4B15H 1.5 liter naturally aspirated engine which uses the Atkinson cycle. This can deliver maximum power of 85 kW and maximum torque of 140 Nm. In addition, there are two electric motors, a 150 kW motor with 350 Nm of torque on the rear axle and a 70 kW motor with 100 Nm torque on the front axle. The system’s combined power is 205 kW and 585 Nm of torque. The face-lifted version may have some changes with the powertrain. Great Wall has altered Hi4-T powertrains on the Tank brand to use engines using the Miller cycle rather than the Atkinson cycle. This has the benefit of increasing thermal efficiency and thereby reducing fuel consumption. The current Xiaolong Max has an all-electric range of 105 km NEDC or 83 km WLTC. Meanwhile, the fuel consumption figure as given by MIIT is 5.5 l/100 km. Battery capacity for the current Xiaolong Max is 19.3 kWh with the ternary lithium batteries coming from either Gotion or Svolt.

The Haval Xiaolong Max is a 5-seater SUV and measures 4758, 1895, and 1725 mm (l/w/h) and the wheelbase is 2800 mm.

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There are currently three versions of the Haval Xiaolong Max available, ranging in price from 149,800 to 173,800 yuan (20,600 – 23,900 USD).

Source: Autohome

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