2018 Haval H4 medium-size SUV revealed, for China only

April 5, 2018

Haval is introducing a new medium-size SUV called the H4, and has released some preliminary details and images to entice punters. Unfortunately for Australians, it will be offered in China only.

The Haval H4 is inspired by the HR-02 concept car from 2016, showcasing a smart, chiselled design with a big chrome-rimmed front grille giving it a distinct Haval face. There’s also some neatly bolstered wheel arches and a perched up rear end providing an athletic stance.

It measures 4420mm long, 1845mm wide, and 1695mm tall, riding on a 2660mm wheelbase. This makes it 130mm shorter, 5mm wider, and 20mm taller than a Mazda CX-5, for example.

Power comes from one of two different turbocharged petrol engines. A 1.3-litre turbo kicks off the range, producing 102kW and 225Nm, while a 1.5-litre unit is used for the top model developing 124kW and 285Nm. Both come with a seven-speed dual-clutch auto transmission by Haval.

Like the existing Haval lineup the H4 comes extensively packaged, for its class. Passengers are treated to a 12-inch floating touch-screen system, and the driver sees an LCD instrument cluster replacing traditional gauges.

Some of the safety tech on board includes a 360-degree camera system, lane departure warning, lane change assist, front and rear parking sensors, and tyre pressure monitoring. It also comes with Haval Connected, which offers smartphone pairing, automated emergency contact, and remote vehicle diagnosis.

At the moment Haval offers four models in Australia, ranging from the H2, H6, H8, to the top H9 flagship 7-seat SUV. Prices start from $28,490 for the base H2, and top out at $48,990 for the H8 Lux.

Brett is the editor and founder of PerformanceDrive. He's obsessed with driving, having played with Matchbox cars until he was tall enough to drive a real one. After initially working as a mechanic, Brett earned a degree in journalism and entered media as an editorial assistant at Top Gear Australia magazine. He then worked at CarAdvice.com.au. His dream is to live next door to the Nurburgring in Germany.