GWM Haval has a new plug-in hybrid SUV in the works
A previously spied GWM Haval SUV has been revealed courtesy of a Ministry of Industry and Information Technology filing published by Chinese media.
The company has also released some limited official imagery.
The model, being referred to in Chinese media as the Xiaolong Max and B07, is larger than the H6. It’s unclear whether it’s on the radar for Australia.
It measures 4758mm long, 1895mm wide and 1725mm tall on a 2800mm wheelbase, or 105mm longer and 9mm wider than a H6 on a 62mm longer wheelbase. That makes it similar in size to a Hyundai Santa Fe or Kia Sorento.
Chinese media reports it’ll offer a choice of two plug-in hybrid powertrains using either 85kW naturally aspirated or 113kW turbocharged 1.5-litre four-cylinder engines, with a choice of 9.41kWh and 19.27kWh battery packs.
Claimed WLTC electric-only range figures are 44km and 86km, respectively.
It’s unclear if there will be any solely combustion-powered options.
As with the H6 and Jolion, the B07 will be offered with a choice of two different front fasciae.
One features a mostly closed-off grille area with a distinctive diamond pattern, while the other has a bold chrome grille bookended by the daytime running lights, which plunge downwards from the slim headlights.
Both front ends feature different bumper treatments as well. The more chrome-laden of the two features slimmer openings in the bumper, as well as what appear to be vertical air intakes closer to the headlights.
Notably, Haval has finally de-italicised its wordmark for a cleaner look. On models with the chrome grille, this still sits within a rectangular panel.
The sides are similar to the H6, including the side crease and a glasshouse that reaches a point at the D-pillar, but down back, the B07 eschews the smaller H6’s full-width light bar for more conventional lighting.
A previous spy photo revealed the B07’s interior, which features screens running across the entire length of the dashboard – a design element that is becoming increasingly popular in China – and an unusual angled centre console with two large wireless charging pads.
There are four rocker switches and what appear to be a row of buttons, but no conventional shifter – gear selection could, therefore, be achieved by pushing buttons, or via a column-mounted shifter.
The mystery SUV will join an already cluttered line-up of Haval-branded SUVs in China.
While just two are sold here – the Jolion and H6, both with GWM Haval badging – the mass-market Great Wall Motor SUV brand has 10 model lines.
These include the Lemon-based Big Dog/Dagou/Dargo, Kagou/Cool Dog, Chitu and Shenshou, as well as the ageing H9 off-roader and M6 Plus crossover.
H9 off-roader aside, the Shenshou is currently Haval’s largest SUV, measuring 4.78m-long. That’s only fractionally shorter than the defunct H8.
The B07 isn’t the only Haval SUV that’s been spied of late, with a full-sized model – which could be based on the GWM King Kong Cannon – having been captured in China.
While Haval has sold body-on-frame SUVs for many years, parent company GWM has been busily rolling out a range of SUVs with these underpinnings under its nascent Tank brand.
The first of these vehicles is coming here this year, badged locally as the GWM Tank 300.