Haval H2 previewed in top 1.5T 2WD Dignity variant

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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.

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Gerard Lye

Originating from the corporate world with a background in finance and economics, Gerard’s strong love for cars led him to take the plunge into the automotive media industry. It was only then did he realise that there are more things to a car than just horsepower count.



  • Sama Loobang on Nov 12, 2015 at 1:10 pm

    I doubt this H2 will be under 100k with all kind of these accessories. people will rather choose kimchi or sushi over this dimsum. Nowadays dimsum also become expensive…unfortunately most of the young people now prefer sushi and kimchi.

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  • thepolygonal on Nov 12, 2015 at 1:23 pm

    Lets see.. the big Haval H5 is around RM120k ++ for a 2.0 diesel VGT engine. This H2 should be way cheaper than that with the 1.5 petrol T.

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  • Shawal on Nov 12, 2015 at 1:30 pm

    In deep baritone voice….

    ” leave your dignity aside……..the new haval h2….. Take it or leave it “

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  • farhanatan on Nov 12, 2015 at 1:50 pm

    Well done…well done…

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  • applegreen on Nov 12, 2015 at 3:27 pm

    interior design and material quality much better than proton cars

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  • panjang on Nov 12, 2015 at 5:44 pm

    I have never really go and see any china cars until the M4 came out.I must say i am impressed on the quality level and design.This H2 seems to take it to a higher level.
    Only thing that kept me away from them is the questionable durability and after sale support be it from the authorised dealer or parts availability and cost.Of these are sorted out then i habe no problem owning them.

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  • But it's not 'Designed in U.S., made in China' worr on Nov 13, 2015 at 12:23 am

    It’s got 6 airbags. In an accident, will they actually deploy or not?

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  • Semi-Value (Member) on Nov 13, 2015 at 12:45 am

    30 years ago, you’d scoff at any electronics if it was made in china. prolly in 10 years time, made in china cars would be the norm.

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  • jim labu on Nov 13, 2015 at 8:50 am

    Currently selling in Australia for AUD25k…around RM82k…

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  • kanazai2001 on Nov 13, 2015 at 9:25 am

    y still not offer in MT?! T_T

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  • Middle Age Driver (Member) on Nov 13, 2015 at 9:40 am

    Saw over at Great Wall FB, plenty owners complained of being cheated & poor quality parts. Cars were delivered to owners without the specs listed in brochure. Premium M4 models came without DRL, auto climate control, folding wing mirror, retractable boot cover, front tweeter. Comfort M4 models were delivered without working GPS, retractable boot cover & DRL. Many owners are also facing constant malfunction of fuel gauge meter, trip meter, all round view cameras. Just a matter of time these owners will sue Great Wall for fraud.

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  • Haval H2 on Nov 13, 2015 at 7:21 pm

    Currently own this car with manual 6 speed in China. The design and specs are quite good. The only downsides are the A Pillar and side mirror is too big that obstructing the view when turn. This sucker is petrol thirsty as well..10L/100km

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  • stevy on Dec 13, 2015 at 10:45 am

    What a good looking sexy car! Nice interior! If priced RM150K, still good price considering the equipment they offer.

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  • seancorr (Member) on Mar 09, 2016 at 6:09 pm

    Exterior especially the front not the greatest but interior looks good…have to feel the leather to know how good it is too. If the top spec retails for 70k and with decent marketing of the brand, it’ll wrestle with the national makers

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  • boyke on Mar 10, 2016 at 3:06 am

    Aren’t those Audi seats???

    Nevertheless, Chinese cars are becoming better in time. Just wouldn’t buy one at this moment, yet.

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  • Nor Asril Mohd Noor on Apr 14, 2016 at 12:46 pm

    When they are lunching in Malaysia?

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  • Kamen Rider on Apr 26, 2016 at 2:48 pm

    Seriously. The interior is 100x much more greater than PROTON.

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  • Passerby on Apr 28, 2016 at 8:41 am

    proton can sau pei la… china can make a C segment SUV and sell in Malaysia with high tax still untung… why proton sell locally with less tax still so expensive? but sell in UK and AUS was cheaper than domestic… is proton being taxed high in Malaysia?

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