Automotive chinese SUVs like the Haval Jolion are coming to take on Japanese rivals

Published on November 18th, 2021 | by Amirul Mukminin


Haval Jolion Hybrid Breaks Cover In Thailand

With 190 hp and 375 Nm, the Jolion Hybrid is much more powerful than the HR-V e:HEV and C-HR Hybrid

GWM’s Haval has unveiled the new Jolion Hybrid at its new manufacturing plant in Rayong, Thailand, ahead of its market launch sometime later this month. This is Haval’s second model for the Land of the Smiles after the H6 Hybrid with which it shares the same underpinning and powertrain.

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As such, under the bonnet lies a 1.5-litre turbocharged four-cylinder petrol engine that is mated to a single electric motor and a wet-type dual-clutch Direct Hybrid Transmission (DHT) that drives the front wheels. Although mechanically similar, the hybrid powertrain generates 190 hp and 375 Nm in this application, 50 hp and 155 Nm less than what the H6 Hybrid has.

As far as fuel consumption is concerned, Thai testing protocols show that the hybridised B-segment SUV achieves 4.2 litres per 100 km combined, just 0.2 and 0.1 litre higher than that of its two closest competitors, the Honda HR-V e:HEV and Toyota C-HR Hybrid.

Built on the GWM Lemon platform, the Jolion Hybrid sets itself apart from the non-hybrid version with its unique Star Matrix grille, slimmer full-LED headlights with vertical daytime running light strips, and newly designed 18-inch two-tone alloy wheels. It also comes with LED taillights and panoramic sunroof.

The cabin, which is designed around the ‘Future Intelligent Cockpit’ concept, features a 12.3-inch central touchscreen that supports Apple CarPlay, JOOX and satellite navigation and a 7.0-inch digital instrument cluster as the two main equipment.

Other highlights include head-up display, six loudspeakers, dual-zone climate control system with PM2.5 air filter, wireless charger and synthetic leather upholstery which can be had in four colours.

On the safety front, the Jolion Hybrid is equipped with a suite of active safety systems that include Autonomous Emergency Braking, Adaptive Cruise Control with Stop & Go, Lane-Centring Assist, Blind-Spot Monitoring, Rear Cross-Traffic Alert, Reverse Collision Warning and Automatic Parking.

Prices have yet to be announced but according to the GWM Thailand website, the Jolion Hybrid will be offered in three variants, namely Ultra, Pro and Tech.

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