Haval H2 launch-01

Following earlier previews, the Haval H2 has been officially launched. Haval’s sole Malaysian distributor Go Auto hopes that with the introduction of the H2, it will be able to capture a bigger slice of the SUV market in Malaysia. The company targets to sell 1,000 units of the H2 for 2016, which is classified as an Energy Efficient Vehicle (EEV).

The Haval H2 is available in three variants – the base Standard model starts from RM87,246.01, while the Comfort variant is priced at RM95,997.97. The top-range Premium variant is priced at RM98,915.29. All prices quoted are inclusive of GST and excludes insurance.

All variants come with a five-year/150,000 km warranty. In addition to that, for limited time only, Go Auto is offering a three-year/60,000 km (whichever comes first) free maintenance package, inclusive of service and labour. Go Auto mentioned that the initial 100 units of the Haval H2 will be CBU models, and it aims to have CKD models by September 2016.

The H2 measures in at 4,335 mm long, 1,814 mm wide and 1,695 mm high, with a wheelbase of 2,560 mm and ground clearance of 133 mm. All models come equipped with front ventilated disc brakes and rear disc brakes, but the Premium model gets red brake callipers.

Suspension-wise, the Haval H2 is equipped with a MacPherson strut suspension at the front and a multi-link suspension at the rear. Also standard for all models is electric power steering, electric parking brake and an adjustable telescopic four-way steering column.

To differentiate the variants, the Standard comes in three different single-tone colours and a Haval Red/Classic Black two-tone colour. The Comfort variant includes all colours but adds on two two-tone colours including Classic Black/Titanium White and Brownish Brown/Titanium White. The Premium variant is only available with the two-tone paint schemes mentioned, but it gets a two-tone interior as standard.

External equipment on the Standard variant include a shark fin roof antenna and an aluminium alloy roof rack. The Comfort and Premium variants, on the other hand, add on automatic headlamps and wipers, as well as a sunroof. All variants are equipped with manually-adjustable halogen headlamps, LED daytime running lights and front fog lamps.

Inside, the Standard variant does not get audio and Bluetooth controls on the steering wheel, cruise control or a tonneau cover, a dual-zone automatic air conditioning, ambient lighting or electrically-foldable side mirrors with turn signals.

Furthermore, it also ditches the leather upholstery, six-way electrically-adjustable driver’s seat, afront active headrest, rear centre armrest with storage case and reverse camera – all these items are only available on the Comfort and Premium variants. Also exclusive to the upper two variants is a six-speaker sound system, the Standard model making do with just four speakers.

All other features can be found in all three variants. These features include a 3.5-inch TFT trip computer, secondary instrument panel, gear shift indicator, keyless entry system, button start system, adjustable central armrest and stainless steel threshold and a Bluetooth hands-free system. Other notable items include an anti-glare rearview mirror and outside temperature indicator.

Safety-wise, both the Comfort and Premium variants come with six airbags (dual front, dual front side and side curtain) and a blind spot monitoring system, while the Standard model only has dual airbags. All three, however, are equipped with electronic stability programme, a tyre pressure monitoring system, a collision-detecting fuel cutoff system, reverse sensors, immobiliser and an anti-theft alarm system.

Under the hood, all Haval H2 models are front-wheel drive and fitted with the same turbocharged 1.5 litre VVT engine which generates 147 hp at 5,600 rpm and 210 Nm of torque from 2,200 rpm to 4,500 rpm. As for transmission, the Standard variant is mated solely to a six-speed manual, while both the Comfort and Premium models are paired to a six-speed automatic transmission.