Auto Expo 2002: Haval H9 is the Toyota Fortuner rival from China

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By Tijo Tenson - Content Writer Feb 14 2020 Share this blog

Great Wall Motors are well versed about their entry into India and this is very well visible with the number of details that they showcased at the Auto Expo. Its sub-brand Haval showcased an array of SUVs and one among it was the H9 which was the brand’s largest SUV. GWM is evaluating the chances of bringing this SUV to India and if everything goes well, it will be Haval’s first car for India in 2021.

The H9 is a huge SUV which is bigger than the full-sized SUVs currently available in India. It is 4856 mm long, 1936 mm wide and 1900 mm high which is bigger than the likes of Toyota Fortuner and even the Mahindra G4 Alturas. With a wheelbase of 2800 mm, there is enough space for seven occupants to sit comfortably.

We can’t unsee the fact that this full-sized SUV from Haval looks much like the now discontinued Grand Vitara from the rear third-quarter. It surely has taken design inspiration from many automakers and built an impressive car out of it. The SUV takes a safe haven in terms of design with a tall stance, muscular fender and body lines and an unswept window line. LED lighting all around gives it a premium feel and the LED DRLs to give it a menacing and commanding look. The spare tyre is clipped onto the tailgate which opens sideways and comes with a cover that has “Havel” written on it in chrome. Roof rails and a top lip spoiler gives it a dramatic look. The alloy wheels are, however, plain for an SUV with such a muscular stance and it doesn’t go well with the lifted SUV. The front fascia also resembles much like the Mahindra G4 Alturas with the unswept design of headlamps.

Interior is also high on features with leather upholstery to complement the list of features on offer. The one showcased at Auto Expo is the China-specific model that comes well equipped even on the safety front. It includes six airbags, front and rear parking sensors, rear camera, ABS with EBD and traction control, hill ascent and descent control and an e-parking brake.

The top trim comes equipped with a sunroof, automatic headlights with LED DRLs along with automatic wipers and heated wiper blades, heated steering wheel and infotainment control on the steering wheel. Infotainment is taken care of by an 8.0-inch touchscreen system and a 9-speaker setup. Both rows are heated and have massage features with additional power outlets and navigation. GWM will bring in all of the above-mentioned features as a bundle in the top trim or as an add-on package.

The Haval H9 comes with a 4WD system that has both high and low range. The retail model from China is powered by a 2.0L turbocharged four-cylinder petrol engine that pumps out 215 bhp of power and 324 Nm of torque and is coupled to an 8-Speed torque converter automatic gearbox which comes in as standard. If the H9 makes its way to India, then it might get a power plant as SUVs in India are loved more with a diesel engine. We will start getting solid info on the final draft of GWM by the end of 2020.