Haval H6 plug-in hybrid back on the cards for Australia

Haval H6 plug-in hybrid back on the cards for Australia

Chinese brand Great Wall Motors will add a plug-in hybrid version to its line of SUVs in the Haval H6 family, following the popularity of the regular hybrid model.

GWM Haval has reversed its plans not to sell a plug-in hybrid (PHEV) execution of 2023 Haval H6 midsize SUV – with a stated electric range of up to 200 km – in Australia, drive understands.

When the H6 PHEV was unveiled in Thailand a year ago, Haval officials said drive The plug-in family SUV was not planned for local showrooms, preferring the traditional hybrid version.

Haval officials said at the time that the company was “watching” the PHEV market “with interest” should the regular hybrid be well received – and it appears to have been drive expects the H6 PHEV could arrive in Australia before the end of 2023.

The hybrid has accounted for about 20 percent of Haval H6 sales since arriving on showrooms in mid-2022 – and it’s thought to face more stock shortage problems than petrol-powered H6 variants.

Pricing and final specs have yet to be announced — and GWM Haval Australia has yet to confirm the vehicle for local showrooms — but plug-in hybrids are typically $10,000 to $15,000 more expensive than their gasoline equivalents due to the additional cost of electric propulsion Motor, battery pack and plug-in charging technology.

Given the gas costs of the top-of-the-line Haval H6 Ultra starting at $39,990 to get there – and a hybrid version is $45,990 to get here – the plug-in hybrid could cost over $50,000 to get there.

Three versions of the H6 plug-in hybrid (PHEV) are available in various overseas markets – including one with a 34 kWh battery pack said to have an electric range of 201 km.

While this is tested to mild NEDC lab protocols – rather than the more realistic but still lab-tested WLTP standard used in Europe – it would be the longest-range PHEV available in Australia by a significant margin.

Chinese brand MG’s HS Plus EV claims 67 km in the NEDC, and a Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV claims 84 km in the NEDC.

It’s also not far from the range claimed by some entry-level electric cars, including the Mazda MX-30’s 224 km NEDC.

Haval H6 Hybrid.

The Haval H6 PHEV is also available in some countries with smaller 9.4kWh and 19.9kWh batteries, giving ranges of around 55km and 110km respectively.

Power comes from a 1.5-litre 113kW/233Nm turbocharged petrol four-cylinder engine and a hybrid-derived 130kW/300Nm electric motor, which combine to deliver claimed outputs of 240kW and 530Nm.

But like the regular H6 Hybrid, the plug-in hybrid model is front-wheel drive – without all-wheel drive.

These claimed power and torque figures would make the Haval H6 PHEV the most powerful front-wheel drive car available in Australia – and the second most powerful in history, behind the 241kW/400Nm supercharged center TRD version of the Toyota Aurion 2000s V6 family sedan.

For comparison, a standard Haval H6 Hybrid claims 179 kW/530 Nm, while the MG HS Plus EV Plug-in Hybrid claims 189 kW/370 Nm.

The H6 PHEV looks the same as the standard hybrid, offers the same features and has the same dual-screen interior.

drive understands the 2023 Haval H6 plug-in hybrid could arrive in Australia later this year.

Alex Misoyannis

Alex Misoyannis has been writing about cars since 2017 when he launched his own website Redline. He worked for Drive in 2018 before joining CarAdvice in 2019 and becoming a regular contributor to the news team in 2020. Cars have played a central role throughout Alex’s life, from leafing through car magazines at a young age to growing up with performance vehicles in a car loving family.

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