Chinese SUV brand Haval has introduced its first 4-wheel-drive model in South Africa. Although it has the body-on-frame configuration of an adventure SUV, such as the Toyota Fortuner (for example), and is priced accordingly, Haval’s flagship comes packed with the kind of features most would associate with large luxury off-roaders.
The 7-seater H9 joins the H1, (#CarsAwards-nominated) H2, H6 and H6C in Haval’s local line-up. There is only one H9 derivative: a 2.0 Petrol 4WD Luxury, priced at R599 900 (which is, incidentally, exactly the same price as the flagship Mitsubishi Pajero Sport – at the time of being published, August 2018). Powered by a 180 kW 2.0-litre turbopetrol engine that produces peak torque of 350 Nm (1 800 to 4 500 rpm), the H9 has an 8-speed (ZF-sourced) automatic transmission replete with shift paddles and a low-range transfer case.
In this video, we take a detailed look at the newcomer and compare it to the doyens of the market, the Ford Everest, Toyota Fortuner and Toyota Prado.
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