UPDATE: It seems that the particular Great Wall H6 that local distributor Green Oranges will be introducing is the Great Wall-badged Hover H6, which is also known as the Haval H6 in selected markets, but which is different to the Haval-badged Haval H6 seen earlier in the report (see comparative photo gallery). The story has been corrected with necessary details and reflect the H6 we will be getting.
Back in January, it was reported that Great Wall Malaysia would be introducing the 2014 Great Wall H6 in April – that date has now been pushed back to June, and the SUV is due to make its market debut alongside the smaller Haval M4. Both will be locally assembled.
The M4 will be available in both two-wheel drive manual and four-wheel drive auto options, both powered by a normally-aspirated 1.5 litre VVT four-pot offering 105 hp and 138 Nm. Expected pricing is RM50k for the manual version.
As for the H6, which is the successor to the Haval H5, it’s looking like a toss-up between two turbocharged units for drivetrain choice, in this case a GW4D20 2.0 TCI diesel and the GW4G15B 1.5 litre petrol – GWM has a post on its Facebook page asking for feedback as to which variant Malaysia prefers.
In terms of output, both four-cylinder mills have an identical power output – 140 hp at 4,000 rpm for the diesel and 5,600 rpm for the petrol (about seven horses lower than that listed globally for the duo), but the oil burner has an additional 100 Nm of twist, with 310 Nm at 1,800-2,800 rpm to the 210 Nm found on the 1.5. Either way, the H6 will have a front wheel-drive configuration and come with a six-speed manual transmission.
Baseline features and equipment on the H6 include ABS, EBD and brake assist, daytime running lights, fabric seats, manual air conditioning and 17-inch alloys and 225/65 tyres. Up to six airbags can be specified for the H6, but expect the Malaysian-spec vehicle to come with two – ESP is also on the equipment options list, though it remains to be seen if the local vehicle gets it.
A quick aside, with regards to the H6 conundrum as mentioned in the update – the H6 is known as the Hover H6 and the Haval H6 in some markets. This version has cosmetic differences (both interior and exterior) to the Haval H6 with a Haval badge. Confusing? Not quite, because aside from that brought about by the moniker, the base vehicle under the skin is the same right across, measuring 4,640 mm long, 1,825 mm wide and 1,690 mm tall, be it the GW Hover/Haval H6 or the Haval Haval H6.
Our earlier report also indicated that the company had reportedly obtained an EEV grant for local production of the Haval M4 and H6, and that anticipated pricing for the Haval H6 was RM88k. The vehicles will be assembled at the GWM plant in Gurun, Kedah.
The Great Wall-badged H6 (also known as the Hover H6, and Haval H6 in certain markets)
The Haval-badged Haval H6