Havel H9

Haval Malaysia is previewing the seven-seat H9 SUV ahead of an official introduction scheduled towards Q4 2018. Initially, fully imported (CBU) units of the model will be offered with indicative pricing below the RM200,000 mark. Later on, locally-assembled (CKD) units are estimated to be introduced during Q2 2019.

Also on preview here is the five-seat H8 SUV, although the company hasn’t confirmed if it plans to bring in the model, and is merely displaying it to gauge the public’s interest.

Focusing on the H9 first, the SUV will be available in two variants – Luxury and Ultra – along with a choice of five exterior colours – Alaskan White, Ebony, Sleek Silver, Kakadu and Bronze.

Havel H9

Motivations is provided by a GW4C20 2.0 litre turbocharged four-cylinder petrol engine that serves up 215 hp at 5,500 rpm and 324 Nm of torque at 2,000 to 4,000 rpm. The mill is paired with an eight-speed automatic transmission as well as a four-wheel drive system with various modes (Auto, 2H, 4H and 4L).

In terms of dimensions, the H9 measures 4,856 mm long, 1,926 mm wide and 1,900 tall – the wheelbase spans 2,800 mm. As a comparison, the Fortuner (also a seven-seater) is 4,795 mm long, 1,855 mm wide and 1,835 mm tall with a 2,745 mm wheelbase.

On this particular unit, the equipment list includes automatic xenon projector headlamps, 18-inch six-spoke alloy wheels with 265/60 series tyres, a reverse camera, leather upholstery, electronic parking brake, eight-inch touchscreen infotainment system, a sunroof and automatic air-conditioning.

Havel H8

As for safety gear, there’s six airbags, Electronic Stability Program (ESP) system by Bosch, Hill Descent and Ascent Control, anti-lock braking system (ABS), electronic brake force distribution (EBD), tyre pressure monitor system and Adaptive Front-lighting System (AFS).

Turning our attention to the H8, the five-seat SUV is smaller in size compared to the H9, measuring 4,806 mm long, 1,975 mm wide and 1,794 mm tall and has a 2,915 mm wheelbase. In Australia, the model is available with a 2.0 litre turbo four-pot that makes 215 hp and 324 Nm, paired with a six-speed automatic and all-wheel drive.

This example comes with 19-inch wheels (255/50 series tyres), automatic xenon headlamps, a reverse camera, leather upholstery, faux wood trim, touchscreen infotainment unit and front fog lamps.