2022 Haval H6 Hybrid due in Australia early next year


Haval’s rival to the Toyota RAV4 Hybrid arrives early next year, with a unique look and a potent turbo petrol-electric driveline.


The 2022 Haval H6 Hybrid mid-size SUV will launch in Australia in early 2022, the Chinese car maker has confirmed.

Initially slated for a local launch by the end of 2021, the Chinese-built H6 Hybrid will be Haval’s rival for the top-selling Toyota RAV4 Hybrid, with a combined fuel consumption claim of 5.2 litres per 100 kilometres on regular unleaded.

Powering the efficiency figure is a 110kW/230Nm 1.5-litre turbocharged four-cylinder petrol engine, paired to a ‘two-speed’ 130kW electric motor (as part of a dual-clutch automatic transmission) and a 1.8kWh battery for a combined output of 179kW/530Nm.

Those figures are up on its RAV4 Hybrid rival – which uses a 160-163kW 2.5-litre non-turbo hybrid system – and ‘standard’ 2.0-litre turbo-petrol H6 variants, which produce 150kW and 320Nm.

Despite being more powerful than its competitor and stablemates, the electrified Haval sends drive exclusively to the front wheels, with an all-wheel-drive option not available globally.

Details of specifications and equipment levels for Australia are yet to be announced, however a single image released by GWM Haval Australia indicates the H6 Hybrid will wear a unique front fascia compared with 2.0-litre petrol models, and ride on 18-inch wheels on at least one variant.

Prices are also yet to be confirmed, though expect increases over the current turbo-petrol range, which spans from $31,990 drive-away for the entry-level, front-wheel-drive Premium, to $39,990 drive-away for the range-topping, all-wheel-drive Ultra 4WD.

Above: Haval H6 Ultra interior.

For comparison, front-wheel-drive hybrid variants of the Toyota RAV4 cost approximately $1500 to $3000 more (before on-road costs) than equivalent 2.0-litre petrol front-wheel-drive models – but how close Haval will get to that price gap remains to be seen.

While production of the H6 Hybrid commenced in Thailand earlier this year – at a former General Motors plant once home to Holden Colorado production – Australian models will be sourced from China, the brand’s local arm has been confirmed.

The 2022 Haval H6 Hybrid will go on sale in Australia in early 2022, with the Chinese marque’s seven-year warranty and five-year roadside assistance offerings to carry over to the hybrid version of the SUV.

Stay tuned to Drive for all the latest Haval H6 Hybrid news.

Alex Misoyannis has been writing about cars since 2017, when he started his own website, Redline. He contributed for Drive in 2018, before joining CarAdvice in 2019, becoming a regular contributing journalist within the news team in 2020. Cars have played a central role throughout Alex’s life, from flicking through car magazines as a young age, to growing up around performance vehicles in a car-loving family.

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