2021 Thai Motor Expo

  • Haval H6 Plug-in Hybrid shown in Thailand: electrified 1.5L turbo, 326 hp, 530 Nm, 201 km electric range!

    Haval H6 Plug-in Hybrid shown in Thailand: electrified 1.5L turbo, 326 hp, 530 Nm, 201 km electric range!

    Great Wall Motor’s (GWM) continued assault on the Thai market continues with the world premiere of the Haval H6 Plug-in Hybrid. A development of the H6 Hybrid launched earlier this year, it boasts some eyebrow-raising performance and electric range figures.

    The Chinese carmaker hasn’t revealed much in the way of details but has confirmed that the car will continue to be powered by the Hybrid’s 1.5 litre turbocharged engine, which produces 167 hp and 285 Nm of torque. The electric motor, however, is more powerful (power and torque figures still unknown) and helps to deliver an impressive total system output of 326 hp and 530 Nm – 86 hp more than the Hybrid.

    Drive is still sent to the front wheels via a dedicated hybrid transmission (DHT), which uses twin planetary gearsets to balance the operation of the engine and electric motor. Even more impressive is the SUV’s pure electric range, which is a scarcely believable 201 km (!) on the NEDC cycle. No, that’s not a typo.

    Haval H6 Plug-in Hybrid shown in Thailand: electrified 1.5L turbo, 326 hp, 530 Nm, 201 km electric range!

    The size of the lithium-ion battery is still unknown, but the H6 likely uses the ginormous 41.8 kWh unit – much larger than most plug-in hybrids – from the European-market Wey Coffee 01. The latter is a premium SUV also based on the GWM’s Lemon architecture and is capable of an electric range of 150 km on the WLTP cycle using an even more powerful dual-motor all-wheel-drive system.

    As you can see, the PHEV’s front end is rather different from the standard H6’s, with a broad new grille that reaches outwards almost to the corners, in a similar fashion to the facelifted Peugeot 3008. The triple air intakes have also been reprofiled slightly to suit. The rest of the SUV looks to be identical to the Hybrid, including the sleek body, 19-inch alloy wheels and minimalist interior with freestanding displays.

     
     
  • 2022 Peugeot 2008 launched in Thailand – CBU Malaysia, 130 PS 1.2L turbo 3-cyl, AEB, RM149k

    2022 Peugeot 2008 launched in Thailand – CBU Malaysia, 130 PS 1.2L turbo 3-cyl, AEB, RM149k

    Thais have been waiting for the new Peugeot 2008 ever since it made an appearance at the Bangkok International Motor Show (BIMS) last year. Fourteen months later, the B-segment crossover has finally been launched in the Land of Smiles ahead of the Thai Motor Expo tomorrow.

    The Thai-market model is imported from Stellantis’ Malaysian plant in Gurun, Kedah (formerly under Naza) and is priced at 1,189,000 baht (RM148,900) for the sole Allure variant. This means it slightly undercuts the range-topping Honda HR-V e:HEV RS.

    Power comes from the same 1.2 litre PureTech turbocharged three-cylinder engine as before, albeit uprated to produce an extra 18 PS and 15 Nm of torque at 130 PS at 5,500 rpm and 230 Nm at 1,750 rpm. It is mated to a six-speed automatic gearbox, with drive sent to the front wheels.

    The Thai 2008 mirrors the specification of this Malaysian prototype

    The kit list is identical to that of the test mule spotted in Malaysia last month. Standard equipment includes full-LED headlights with “triple claw” daytime running lights and taillights, 17-inch Salamanca two-tone alloy wheels, keyless entry, push-button start, cruise control, single-zone automatic climate control, leather upholstery, a ten-inch digital instrument display, a seven-inch infotainment touchscreen with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, six speakers and a reverse camera.

    The 2008 will also mark the introduction of Peugeot’s driver assistance features in the ASEAN region (the Malaysian-market 2015 308 notwithstanding) as it will come with autonomous emergency braking. Other safety features include lane keeping assist, traffic sign recognition, blind spot monitoring, six airbags and stability control.

    With Thailand now getting the new 2008, it’s very likely that we will receive the car very soon, mirroring the release schedule of the facelifted 3008 and 5008. The new driver assists are particularly welcome additions, even if they are very basic by today’s standards. Are you looking forward to the launch of the 2008 in Malaysia?

    GALLERY: Peugeot 2008 global press photos

     
     
 
 
 

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