Launched in Malaysia earlier this year, the Haval H2 SUV is classified as an Energy Efficient Vehicle (EEV) and is available in three variants – the RM87,246.01 Standard base model, the RM95,997.97 Comfort model and the RM98,915.29, range-topping Premium variant – all prices include GST, without insurance. All variants of the Haval H2 come with a five-year, 150,000 km warranty. Pictured here is the Comfort AT variant; note the single tone leather seats.

The sole engine configuration for the Haval H2 comes courtesy of a turbocharged, 1.5 litre VVT petrol engine which produces 147 hp at 5,600 rpm and 210 Nm of torque from 2,200 rpm to 4,500 rpm, paired to either a six-speed manual (the sole option for the Standard variant) or a six-speed automatic transmission (available on the Comfort and Premium variants), sending drive to the front wheels.

Externally, the Standard gets a shark fin roof antenna and an aluminium alloy roof rack, while the Comfort and Premium receive auto headlamps and wipers as well as a sunroof. All variants get manually adjustable halogen headlamps, with LED daytime running lights and front fog lamps.

Inside, the Standard gets 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, and a four-speaker sound system; the latter gets upgraded to an eight-speaker setup in the upper two variants.

The following are items found on the Comfort and Premium variants – 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, leather upholstery, six-way electrically-adjustable driver’s seat, afront active headrest, rear centre armrest with storage case and reverse camera.

On the safety front, the Standard gets dual front airbags, while the Comfort and Premium variants gain six airbags (dual front, dual front side and side curtain) and a blind spot monitoring system. All three however, get electronic stability programme, a tyre pressure monitoring system, a collision-detecting fuel cutoff system, reverse sensors, immobiliser and an anti-theft alarm system as standard.