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The Haval H2 is currently being previewed at the ongoing NST-MAI ASEAN Auto Show. Although the C-segment SUV – which competes against the Hyundai Tucson, Kia Sportage, Honda CR-V and Mazda CX-5 – is not expected to be introduced until sometime in 2016, Great Wall Motors Malaysia has decided to put three units of SUV on display.

According to the specifications sheet on display, the H2 line-up consists of five variants, split among 2WD and 4WD models. The 2WD range includes the City, Luxury and Dignity variants, whereas the 4WD model is only offered in Luxury and Dignity variants. Malaysians will most probably be offered the 2WD model only.

For this preview, we’ll focus exclusively on the 2WD Dignity, which seems to be the only variant specified in a brochure we were supplied with. All H2 variants, regardless of drive setup, share the same dimensions, measuring 4,335 mm in length, 1,814 mm in width, 1,695 mm in height, with a wheelbase of 2,560 mm.

Pop the hood and you’ll find a 1.5 litre 4G15B turbocharged four-cylinder dual-VVT petrol engine. The mill produces 147 hp at 5,600 rpm and 210 Nm of torque between 2,200 to 4,500 rpm. A six-speed automatic gearbox transmits the power to the front wheels. The independent suspension setup is comprised of MacPherson struts at the front and multi-links at the rear. Four-wheel disc brakes are also fitted, along with electric power steering.

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Exterior features include automatic halogen headlights and come with a “follow-me-home” function. There are also LED DRLs located at the bottom corners of the bumper just below the fog lamps. Rear fog lamps are also standard equipment.

If you thought Chinese vehicles are forced to compromise on equipment, the H2 just might change your perception. The cabin features leather upholstery adorning the seats and steering wheel. Speaking of the seats, they are electrically-adjustable (six-way with lumbar support) on the driver’s side. The front passenger makes do with four-way manually-adjustable seats instead.

Available to the driver is keyless entry and ignition system, a 3.5-inch TFT colour display trip computer, cruise control, steeering wheel controls, electronic anti-glare rearview mirror, as well as a reverse radar and camera system.

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Entertainment is handled via a multimedia touchscreen display unit with the obligatory inputs (MP3, USB and AUX) plus Bluetooth connectivity; audio is played through a six-speaker setup. A dual-zone automatic air-conditioning system with a dust filter is specified as well.

Safety is not skimped upon either. The Haval H2 offers six airbags (dual front, side, curtain), along with electronic stability control (ESC) plus anti-lock brakes with EBD and brake assist. There is even a tyre pressure monitoring system (TPMS).

For now, prices have yet to be provided for the Haval H2. The models currently on display at the ASEAN Auto Show receive different paint finishes, including two-tone paintjobs. Eight colours are listed in the brochure – Sleek Silver, Ivory, Brown, Modern Grey, Fashion Blue, Chinese Red, Pure White and Classical Black.