New HAVAL H6 Hybrid - Great Wall Motor globally premieres SUV at the 42nd Bangkok Motor Show | Cars Blog

Starting price is about $30,990

The electrified model will be targeted equally and squarely to the best-selling Toyota RAV4 hybrid, which currently outsells its petrol-only equivalent.

Great Wall Motor (GWM) hosted the world premiere of the All New HAVAL H6 Hybrid SUV at the 42nd Bangkok International Motor Show and reinforced the company’s strategy as the xEV leader with the parade of electric vehicles (xEV), led by ORA Good Cat, ORA Black Cat, POER EV, and “Concept H”, the concept car. GWM’s booth display also features an exhibition of GWM’s state-of-the-art innovations and technologies including the special experience to ride on ORA Good Cat autonomous model. Visit GWM booth at Challenger Hall 1-3, IMPACT Muang Thong Thani, during the 24th March to the 4th April 2021.

Following the official brand launch and the announcement of GWM’s inroads into the Thai market earlier in February this year, GWM reaffirmed its commitment in xEV leadership with the world premiere of All New HAVAL H6 Hybrid SUV together with the showcase of the company’s electric vehicles and innovations at the 42nd Bangkok International Motor Show. GWM’s executives, led by Elliot Zhang, President, Steven Wang, Vice President of Sales and Marketing, Great Wall Motor ASEAN and Thailand, and Narong Sritalayon, Managing Director, Great Wall Motor Thailand reiterated GWM’s business vision and strategy as well as introduced its xEV lineup, technologies, and outlined engaging activities showcased at the event.


The Chinese-made H6 Hybrid will combine a 1.5-litre turbocharged petrol engine with a two-speed electric drive motor and a small 1.8kWh battery pack that stores the braking energy that has been collected.

Total system power and torque outputs are rated at 179kW and a meaty 530Nm, fuel economy is expected to sit around 5.2 litres per 100km, and the claimed zero to 100km/h acceleration time is 7.5 seconds. Toyota claims 163kW and 4.8L/100km for the RAV4 Hybrid.

By contrast the current Haval H6 range (priced between $30,990 and $38,990 drive-away) runs an in-house 2.0-litre turbocharged petrol producing 150kW and 320Nm, and is rated at up to 8.3L/100km. You can read our Haval H6 review here.

The H6 hybrids to be sold in Australia will not – at first – come from the company’s newly opened Thailand plant, which was purchased from General Motors (it made the Holden Colorado). Instead it’ll be made right-hand drive in China to begin with.

Toyota’s success with the RAV4 hybrid over the past two years, a period of which it has been Australia’s single most popular SUV, has prompted competitor brands to offer electrified medium SUVs of their own. Especially given Toyota’s supply woes.

Subaru has enjoyed some success with its Forester hybrid (reviewed here), while Kia Australia has also told us it’s doing all it can to get a hybrid version of the new Sportage here by early 2022. The 2022 Nissan X-Trail is expected to get ‘e-Power’ hybrid technology too.

This type of hybrid has caught on with Australians because of its low cost, typically $2000 to $3000 more than a petrol-only drivetrain.

Plug-in hybrids (PHEVs) with larger externally-charged batteries and electric-only driving ranges are pricier and therefore less popular, though there are a growing number of these coming to market.

The Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV is the clear leader and will enter a new generation early next year, but new rivals include the Chinese MG HS PHEV, plus there’s the imminent Peugeot 3008 PHEV and Ford Escape PHEV.

Haval will have a H6 PHEV available overseas but won’t bring it to Australia in the near future, it says.

New HAVAL H6 Hybrid - Great Wall Motor globally premieres SUV at the 42nd Bangkok Motor Show | Cars Blog New HAVAL H6 Hybrid  - Great Wall Motor globally premieres SUV at the 42nd Bangkok Motor Show | Cars Blog Reviewed by Dang Nhan on September 19, 2021 Rating: 5

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