Haval Australia has been caught off guard by the demand for its large SUV, the 2018 Haval H9, with the company trying to secure more cars for both customers and press evaluation purposes.
While the previous Haval H9 was a fairly slow mover for the company, with average numbers of around 10-12 per month, the company says it was “suitably conservative” when ordering the new model.
Speaking with SUV Authority, Haval Australia spokesperson Andrew Ellis said that Haval was always up front “about the fact the sales of the original H9 were small.”
“Obviously we are confident the changes we’ve introduced will make MY18 H9 more appealing and we think we can sell 25 a month,” said Mr Ellis.
He noted that right-hand-drive production is being increased thanks to South African and New Zealand markets both coming on board in the past six months, which will help to push factory output for RHD vehicles.
The 2018 Haval H9 came in for a massive update last month, including:
- Power increase (180 kW up from 160)
- Torque increase (350 Nm up from 324)
- New 8-speed ZF automatic transmission
- 10% fuel economy improvement
- New centre console design
- New instrument panel including digital speedo
- New front end exterior styling
Upgrades to the LUX model include:
- 18-inch alloy wheels
- Electric anti-glare mirror
- All-Terrain Control System
- Electronic Differential Lock
- Centre armrest power outlet
- Blind Spot Monitoring
- Rear Cross Traffic Alert
- Lane Departure Warning
Ultra model adds the following features:
- Panoramic sunroof
- Heated steering wheel
- Comfort-Tek eco-leather seats with heating, massage and ventilation function
- Infinity sound system
- Heated second row seats
2018 Haval H9 Australian pricing
LUX – $40,990
Ultra – $44,990