To underscore its high-end status, Great Wall Motor has renamed the Haval H7, debuted at the 2012 Beijing auto show, as the H8, distancing it from the H6 larger-compact/mid-size.
Slated for the release in early 2014, the new flagship model in the Haval SUV lineup has a 2915mm wheelbase and is 4800mm long, 1938mm wide, and 1785mm tall. Of uni-body design, it is underpinned by double wishbones at the front and multi links in the rear. Real-time 4WD configurations are provided.
The show car is powered by a turbo-charged gasoline 2.0 liter (160kW and 324Nm) mated to a 6AT. A diesel 3.0 liter may become an additional engine choice when the H8 hits the market.
Equipped with auto A.C., power and memory seats, one-touch start system, paddle shifter, ESP, and HHC, Haval H8 is expected to sell for 180,000-200,000 Yuan.