2024 GWM Haval H9 revealed, in line for Australia

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Chinese car giant GWM’s new Haval H9 – a seven-seat Ford Everest rival – offers petrol and diesel power, and is expected to come to Australia.


Chinese car giant Great Wall Motor (GWM) brand has revealed the second-generation Haval H9 seven-seat four-wheel-drive wagon, ahead of an Australian launch expected some time after its Beijing motor show debut this April.

The new H9 – a Ford Everest or Isuzu MU-X rival – is a key model in GWM Haval’s export-market plans, and has been extensively redesigned and re-engineered compared the first-generation version sold in Australia from 2015 to 2021.

It is planned to be sold overseas as a seven-seater with the choice of either a petrol or diesel engine – both with an automatic transmission and four-wheel drive as standard – on a ladder-frame chassis.

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Australian arrival timing is yet to be confirmed, and GWM Haval’s local division is yet to comment to Drive on plans to offer it locally.

However Drive understands the new model is planned for Australia at some point after its Chinese launch in mid-2024. The final iteration of the original Haval H9 in Australia was priced from $41,990 drive-away.

Based on an updated ladder-frame chassis that is claimed to offer greater rigidity and crash safety than the previous model, the new H9 offers high and low-range gearing, differential locks and a “second-generation off-road drive controller” with up to six modes. 

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The first official images of the new 2024 model confirm a boxy appearance with styling similar to that found on recent models from Chinese car maker’s three-year-old Tank brand, including the Tank 300 sold in Australia.

The front end is bolder, with distinctive round LED headlamps and a large, upright grille. The sides receive a heavily pronounced shoulder line, while there is a more upright glasshouse with and almost-square rear windows.

Haval has yet to confirm dimensions of the H9, though advanced information obtained by Drive indicates it is 4859mm long, 1934mm wide and 1853mm tall.

It is also claimed to possess a nominal ground clearance of 224mm. Approach and departure angles are said to be significantly improved.

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Images of the new H9’s interior are yet to be made official, though Drive understands it will receive two 12.3-inch screens, plus Apple CarPlay and Android Auto for the infotainment system, and a 10-speaker sound system.

In China the Haval H9 is set to be sold with two engines, a turbocharged 2.0-litre four-cylinder petrol with 167kW and an eight-speed automatic transmission, and a turbocharged 2.4-litre four-cylinder diesel with 137kW and a nine-speed auto.

Haval claims towing capacity has been improved compared to the 2500kg of the first-generation model.

Production of the new GWM Haval H9 is scheduled to kick off in China in May 2024, with sales in certain export markets due to begin in August. 

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