Haval H2 1

Ahead of its expected launch debut in Q2 of 2016, Haval Malaysia has released official specifications for its H2 SUV. The upcoming C-segment SUV will enter the market, where it will square off against the Hyundai Tucson, Kia Sportage, Honda CR-V and Mazda CX-5.

At last year’s NST-MAI ASEAN Auto Show, we previewed the H2 in its 1.5T 2WD Dignity guise, which will apparently be the sole offering for Malaysians, according to Haval Malaysia. The H2 measures 4,335 mm long, 1,814 mm wide and 1,695 mm tall, with a wheelbase of 2,560 mm. In terms of dimensions, that makes the H2 smaller when compared to its competition.

As the variant name suggests, the 1,495 kg (kerb weight) H2 is powered by a 1.5 litre 4G15B turbocharged four-cylinder dual-VVT petrol engine that develops 147 hp at 5,600 rpm and 210 Nm of max torque between 2,200 to 4,500 rpm. A six-speed automatic gearbox is mated to the engine, with drive being directed to the front wheels.

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On the H2’s exterior, you’ll find automatic halogen headlamps (with LED DRLs), additional LED DRLs located at the bottom corners of the front bumper, a sunroof, electric-folding side mirrors with integrated puddle lamps, rear fog lamps and a shark fin roof-mounted radio antenna.

Inside, the driver has access to a six-way electrically adjustable seat, while the front passenger makes do with a four-way manually adjustable one instead. Leather is used to upholster the seats, as well as the steering wheel with multimedia and cruise control functionality. Other features at the driver’s disposal include a 3.5-inch TFT colour display trip computer, 3D-design instrument cluster, keyless entry and start, reverse camera and reverse radar.

A touchscreen infotainment unit fitted on the centre stack handles your multimedia needs, with various inputs offered (Bluetooth, USB, AUX and MP5). Dual zone automatic air-conditioning (with dust filter) and ambient lighting are part of the equipment list here as well.

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As for safety, the H2 impresses with six airbags (front passenger and driver, side curtain, front sides), Electronic Stability Program, and ABS with EBD and BA. The SUV also features a FRH Blind Spot Visual System, Tyre Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS) and anti-glare rearview mirror as well.

For now, Haval Malaysia has yet to reveal any details on the H2’s pricing. Furthermore, details on the SUV’s colour options for the interior and exterior were not provided. Based on information on the company’s official website, it appears that the exterior will receive a dual-tone paintjob, with different colours available for the interior’s upholstery and trim pieces as well. Is this an enticing SUV package for you?