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There’s going to be another new kid on the SUV block next year – Great Wall Motors Malaysia will be looking to launch its Haval H2 SUV sometime in 2016. The C-segment SUV will, when introduced in Malaysia, go up against the likes of the Hyundai Tucson, Kia Sportage, Honda CR-V and Mazda CX-5.

Not exactly the easiest of segments to compete in, then. Now while it’s common to assume that Chinese vehicles will sell based on its (low) entry price alone, don’t go thinking that the Haval H2 will be a sparsely-equipped SUV with shoddy built quality and absolutely deplorable driving dynamics. Credit where credit is due, there is a certain degree in improvement to the way modern Chinese cars are built these days.

In terms of specifications, the Haval H2 looks to be quite well-armed as it is due to arrive in range-topping Dignity trim here. Beginning with the exterior, the H2 is equipped with automatic halogen headlamps with DRL and wipers, a sunroof, 18-inch wheels wrapped in 235/55 tyres and dual exhaust outlets.

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The Haval H2 is set to arrive powered by a turbocharged 1.5 litre 4G15B four-cylinder engine with a total of 147 hp at 5,600 rpm and 210 Nm of torque between 2,200 to 4,500 rpm. The Malaysian-bound units are said to be solely equipped with a six-speed automatic transmission with drive going to the front wheels only. Independent suspension is to be found at all corners – a MacPherson setup in front.

Inside, leather seats are to be found with a six-way powered adjustable driver’s seat (with lumbar support) and a four-way manually-adjustable front passenger seat. Additionally, the front seats are equipped with active headrests for improved neck safety in a collision. Elsewhere, a multifunction leather-wrapped steering wheel is equipped as standard along with a touchscreen infotainment system.

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Also, a 3.5-inch TFT display resides within the instrument cluster. Other goodies include a 12V power outlet, keyless entry system with a push-start button, cruise control and brightness-adjustable gauges. Additional driver conveniences include a reverse camera, anti-glare rear view mirror and four powered windows.

Safety features include dual front, side and curtain airbags, three-point rear middle seatbelt, ESP, tyre pressure monitoring system and a blind spot warning system amongst others. Quite the spec sheet, as one can see. From the looks of it, the Haval H2 could present itself as a proper contender in the C-segment SUV genre in time to come. Watch this space.