Haval's luxury 7-seat H9 SUV makes its way to SA

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Haval, the SUV division of China's GWM, will introduce its first four-wheel drive in South Africa - the H9.

Joining the South African range of its two-wheel drive small SUV derivatives, the 1.5-litre H1, H2 and H6, the large 7-seater H9 is powered by a 180kW 2.0-litre petrol turbo also found in the H6C.

Huge growth

The new model is available as the H9 2.0 Petrol 4WD Luxury and is priced at R 599 900 00

READ: China's Haval Motors to bring new SUVs to SA

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The H9 is the fifth luxury SUV model in the Haval range to be launched in South Africa in less than 18 months.

Power, safety and luxury

The H9 is powered by the 180kW/350Nm  version of the brand’s 2.0-litre petrol engine. 

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The H9 fuel tank holds 80 litres of petrol. Although the engine is an in-house development, Haval reached out to German engineering for the H9’s ZF 8-speed 4WD transmission.

The transmission boasts paddle shifts for precision off-road driving, allowing the H9 to tackle the toughest terrain with comfort.

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Six drive modes are available:

Auto mode: Optimises distribution of torque to all wheels for easy driving on tar and dirt roads.

Sport mode: Drivers preferring more control for spirited driving along twisty mountain passes or challenging country roads have the choice of sportier gear changes. In sport mode, the Electronic Stability Programme (ESP) reduces system interference and improves the driving experience.

4L mode: For off-road driving, including extreme conditions, this setting amplifies torque delivery to the wheel(s) with the best grip, maximising performance to escape from sticky conditions.

Mud mode: Yet again this setting allows adjustment of the ESP to improve road holding on muddy surfaces, allowing a certain amount of slip.

Sand mode: The transmission’s electronic stability control is adapted to maximise torque to the driving wheels with the most grip to help prevent the vehicle from getting bogged down.

Snow (wet) mode: In wet weather, the ESP is controlled to improve road holding by avoiding over- and under-steer to assist driving stability.

Rear Axle Electronic Limited Slip Differential Lock: The rear axle offers a limited slip differential where the driving force of the wheel at the traction loss side is distributed to the wheel at the other side via the electro-hydraulic control unit, which maximises the vehicle’s ability to utilise traction effectively, greatly improving the vehicle’s driving stability and enhanced ability to get out of difficult conditions in complex on- and off-road conditions.


The Haval H9 has a body-on-frame design with a high-strength frame for outstanding rigidity in strenuous conditions.

Under the skin, side-impact collision bars, front and back crumple zones and an energy-absorbing steering column protect the occupants in the event of a collision.

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Active safety features include “all-directional” airbags, seat belt pre-tensioners, ISO-FIX child seat anchors, a tyre pressure monitoring system (TPMS) and driver status detection system, all guaranteeing the safety for the vehicle occupants.

Electronic driver aids include ABS, BA (brake assist) and ESP, HAC (Hill-start Assist Control), RMI (Roll Movement Intervention) and HAC (Hill-start Assist Control) as well as CTA (Cross-traffic alert) and LCA (Lane-change Alert).


It has leather seats in three rows, including an 8-way electrically adjustable driver seat with lumbar support and memory function and 4-way electrically adjustable front passenger seat with ventilation and massage. It also features three-zone climate control, an advanced multimedia system with a 8” touchscreen and integrated satnav.

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The second row of seats have a 60/40 split while the twin seats in the third row can be divided 50/50 and folded into the floor to increase luggage space. With the rear seats folded down, the H7 boasts a luggage volume of 747 litres under the removable trunk cover.


It has automatic headlights with built-in cleaning system, DRL (day-time running lights), fog lights front and rear and side-step illumination.

The H9 boasts AFS (Adaptive Front-lighting System) which includes focusing the headlights around bends to improve safety.

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Reverse side warning (CTA): The radar sensor also detects moving vehicles in the rear of the vehicle when reversing. In the event of a vehicle approaching, the alarm light inside the door on the side of the oncoming vehicle and an audible alarm will warn the driver.

Other exterior features include a panoramic sunroof, shark-fin antenna, roof rails, side steps and stylish 18” aluminium alloy wheels.

The H9 has a 5-year or 100 000km warranty, a 5-year or 60 000km service plan, and 5-year/unlimited km roadside assistance.

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