With local operations now fully owned by its parent company in China, the company will now be known as Haval Motors South Africa Pty Ltd, although it will re-introduce the H5 and H6, as well as the refreshed Steed pick-up, under the GWM banner.
The best selling SUV brand in China with over a million units sold last year, Haval, its name rhyming with gravel according to the company, is expected to rollout its first product at the end of May in the form of the H2 crossover.
On sale in a number markets since last year, the H2 comes powered by a 1.5-litre turbocharged petrol engine developing 105 kW and 202 Nm of torque and mated to either a five-speed manual or six-speed automatic gearbox, with a choice of three trim levels; City, Premium and Luxury. Pricing is expected to be confirmed later although Haval promises it will undercut those of its rivals.
At the same time, the brand will also debut the smaller H1, which resembles the previous GWM M4 albeit subtly revised, while an interesting addition already listed on its website, is the flagship seven-seat H9 reportedly set to rival the Toyota Fortuner and Ford Everest.
Available in Australia since 2015 but updated earlier this year, the H9 will be offered in three trim levels; base, Luxury and Super Luxury and powered by a 2.0-litre turbocharged petrol engine developing 160 kW and 324 Nm of torque.
Paired to a ZF-sourced six-speed automatic gearbox and driving all four wheels, the H9 comes equipped with items such as Hill Decent Control, Hill Start Assist, an eight-inch touchscreen display, tri-zone climate control, reverse camera, massage and ventilated front seats, keyless go, eight airbags, diff-lock, auto on/off lights and a six-mode (Auto, 4Low, Sport, Sand, Snow and Mud) All Terrain Control system to name but a few.
Like the H2, pricing will only be announced at a later stage.