Haval’s flagship SUV on display at the motor show has a 218hp, 2.0-litre turbo-petrol engine, an 8-speed automatic and a 4WD system.
The largest SUV in Great Wall Motor’s Haval sub-brand, the H9 has made its India debut at Auto Expo 2020. The Haval H9 is one of the models under consideration for the Indian market. If confirmed for a launch here, the SUV will only arrive sometime after the brand’s first model for India comes in 2021.
Typically SUV-like in its design, the Haval H9 is a big full-size SUV that’s bigger than ladder-frame models like the Ford Endeavour, Toyota Fortuner and the Mahindra Alturas G4, though is slightly smaller than the soon to arrive MG Gloster. Measuring 4,856mm in length, 1,926mm in width, 1,900mm in height and with a 2,800mm wheelbase, there’s expected to be enough space on the inside to seat seven in relative comfort.
Speaking of its interiors, the Haval H9 is quite well-kitted, which may be a USP if it comes to India. Safety features on the China-spec model include six airbags, front and rear parking sensors, a rear camera, ABS with EBD and traction control, hill ascent and descent control, and an electronic parking brake.
In top-spec form, the H9 for China comes with features like a sunroof, automatic headlights with LED DRLs and a follow-me-home function, automatic wipers with heated wiper blades, a four-way adjustable, leather-wrapped heated steering with buttons for the audio system and cruise control, leather seats with a massage function (the driver’s seat is eight-way power adjustable while the front passenger’s is six-way), three-zone automatic climate control, and keyless entry and go. Infotainment duties are taken care of by an 8.0-inch touchscreen system that is paired with a nine-speaker sound system.
A front winch, a rear trailer hitch and additional power outlets, along with heated front and second-row seats and navigation are all optional extras.
Like similarly sized SUVs on sale in India, the H9 does come with a 4WD system that has a high and a low range. Power for the model in China comes from a 2.0-litre, four-cylinder turbo-petrol engine that makes 218hp and 324Nm of peak torque. An 8-speed torque convertor automatic gearbox is standard. If the H9 is selected for an India launch, a diesel engine could also be on the cards.