11 September 2018, Midrand - Scarcely a month after its introduction to the local market, the Haval H9 has been named as one of only five semi-finalists in the Adventure SUV category of the 2018 Cars.co.za consumer awards.
Haval is shaking up the local automotive sector with its rapid growth, and the H9 is the fifth luxury SUV model in the Haval range to be launched in less than 18 months.
In under two years the company has grown from three dealerships in South Africa to 31, and this is the second Haval to be nominated for a Cars.co.za consumer award in as many years - last year the H2 made the semi-finalist list in the Compact Family category.
According to Charles Zhao, Managing Director of Haval Motors South Africa, "These awards are a true test, as they combine public opinion with that of recognised motoring experts. With our H9 in the running this year (and the H2 being nominated last year), it's a clear indication that our customers, the general public, and the experts all recognise the value and capability of our vehicles. There's no better testimony."
The big new seven-seater H9 has outwitted some much more well-known and expensive rivals to make it onto this list of semi-finalists, and with good reason: the Haval H9 offers exemplary performance, comfort and safety features that make it the ideal SUV for local buyers.
According to the Cars.co.za criteria, the Adventure SUV category, in which the Haval H9 is a semi-finalist, is about "…looking for the ultimate recreational vehicle to transport a family and all their holiday and lifestyle gear in comfort to almost any destination, on-or off-road. Off-road ability is emphasised, in combination with practicality, comfort and long-distance cruising."
"The H9 embodies everything described in this category and we're extremely proud to be nominated. It's proof that our products are making an impact with consumers", says Zhao.
About the Haval H9 2.0 Petrol 4WD Luxury
Engine: The H9 is powered by the 180 kW version of the brand's own award-winning 2.0-litre petrol engine with double-channel turbo charging.
The engine delivers its maximum power output at 5 500 rpm, with maximum torque of 350 Nm at 1 800 rpm all the way up to 4 500 rpm, which allows superior pull-away and acceleration performance.
Transmission: Although the engine is an in-house development, Haval reached out to German engineering for the H9's ZF 8-speed transmission.
The transmission boasts Paddle Shift for precision off-road driving, allowing the H9 to tackle the toughest terrain with ease.
The driver can select the most appropriate real-time road mode using an All-Terrain System six options:
Rear Axle Eaton 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 engine, transmission, suspension, and body are installed on a high rigidity, "ladder" frame chassis. The suspension provides great stability and comfort and ensures excellent safety and on- and off-road performance while maintaining stability.
The multi-link rear suspension and independent double-wishbone front suspension ensure that the wheels remain in contact with the road and deliver a smoother ride.
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.
Active safety features include all-round "all-directional" airbags, seat belt pre-tensioners, ISO-FIX child seat anchors, a tyre pressure monitoring system (TPMS) and driver condition monitoring 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), LCA (Lane-change Alert) and Autohold. Electric push button start stop, and electronic park brake are also included.
The H9 is a fully-specced vehicle in every way, boasting practical, comfort and luxury equipment throughout.
From the leather seats in three rows, including an 8-way electrically adjustable driver seat with lumbar support and triple memory function and 4-way electrically adjustable front passenger seat with ventilation and massage, manually adjustable second row of three seats and the electrically foldable twin seats in the third row, to a long list of features including three-zone climate control air-conditioning, an advanced multi-media system with a 7" touchscreen with integrated satellite navigation, and full panoramic sunroof the H9 is, well, fully equipped.
The large and comfortable interior space offers a comfortable driving experience. The considerable storage space design meets the everyday needs from the business executive to the playful adventurer.
Luxurious materials, open and dynamic seat spaces, and detail design, provide a comfortable driving experience.
Automatic headlights with built-in cleaning system, DRL (day-time running lights), fog lights front and rear and even side-step illumination, the new H9 won't keep anyone in the dark.
The H9 boasts AFS (Adaptive Front-lighting System) which meets all illumination needs, including focusing the headlights around bends to improve safety.
Blind spot detection and line combination assist (LCA): Real-time detection is performed for the left and right blind spots of the vehicle via the radar detector. In the event of danger when changing lanes, the alarm light inside the door will give a warning. When a vehicle is rapidly approaching from the adjacent lane, the radar detector will monitor the adjacent lanes up to 70 m behind the vehicle in real time and buzz an alarm, making the driver aware of vehicles in their blind spots.
Reverse side warning (CTA): The radar sensor also detects moving vehicles when the H9 is in reverse. 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.
Model range and pricing:
The new model is available as the H9 2.0 Petrol 4WD Luxury and is priced at R 599 900, 00
The H9 has a 5-year/100 000km warranty, a 5-year/60 000km service plan, and 5-year/unlimited km roadside assistance.