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New Haval H6 leaked before official reveal

The new Haval H6 will be unveiled to the public at the 2024 Beijing Auto Show taking place from 25 April to 5 May, however, images of the SUV in its production form have already been leaked.

According to Chinese publication Autohome, Haval brand general manager Zhao Yongpo posted photos of the Haval to his social media channels claiming it to be the “new generation H6.”

It is unclear whether this will actually be the next-generation model or a thorough facelift, as there is still plenty of DNA of the current H6 visible in the vehicle on screen.

Only parts such as the bumpers, lights, and interior have been overhauled but no components that may be vital to structural integrity such as the side panels and roof, which is usually the case when a car undergoes a mid-cycle update.

Combined with the fact that the H6 in its present form only debuted in 2020, it is rather likely that the fresh-faced model that will be revealed next week is a facelift and not an entirely new iteration.

The new H6 is expected to go on sale in Asian markets in 2024 but we don’t anticipate seeing it on local roads before 2025.

The automaker recently announced a host of new vehicles earmarked for South Africa this year, importantly, a new H6 was not one of them.

Everything new

The new H6 sports a redesigned grille that covers a much larger area of the front fascia, new LED daytime running lights extending down the flanks of the nose, and a redesigned front bumper with a cleaner look.

At the back, gone are the edge-to-edge light bar of the current generation, swapped out for two large new LED light clusters bookending the Haval badge, and the chrome highlights on the tailgate have fallen away in favour of body-coloured finishes.

The SUV has also grown ever so slightly with its new measurements pegged at 4,703mm long, 1,886mm wide, and 1,730mm tall, reflecting an increase of 50mm in length while the width and height remain the same.

A number of changes were actioned inside the cabin, not least of which being a larger floating central touchscreen, a new multifunction steering wheel, and a redesigned centre console with two cupholders.

The gear selector which used to be between the front seats has now moved to a stalk behind the steering wheel – à la Mercedes-Benz – and there is a new fold-out hook next to the glove compartment to secure items such as shopping bags while on the move.

Apart from this, elements like the seats, aircon vents, door panels, and dash bear a striking resemblance to those of the outgoing H6.

From what we have gathered thus far, the new SUV will be equally as well-equipped as the vehicle it is replacing, with the images confirming that it will have functions such as a heads-up display, electric seats, adaptive cruise control, a panoramic camera system, and automatic lighting.

CarNewsChina reports that the new Haval will feature uprated versions of the existing 2.0-litre, turbo-petrol engines found in the H6 range.

Power output is elevated from 150kW to 170kW with fuel consumption consequently rising to 8.1l/100km from 7.4l/100km.

A seven-speed, dual-clutch automatic transmission will still be employed to direct drive to either the front or all four wheels, depending on the model.

2024 Haval H6


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