Great Wall Motors (GWM) has unveiled the new H-Dog PHEV at Guangzhou Auto Show, a new SUV for the Chinese car market positioned under its Haval sub-brand. The SUV was first launched in 2020 with Dàgǒu (Chinese name), which means “Big Dog.” According to information, the name was chosen by the Chinese public in a poll written out by Haval. The company already has other versions called X-Dog, Cool Dog, etc whereas the Big Dog is sold as Haval Dargo in export markets.
The Haval H-Dog is available in both gasoline and PHEV versions and is aimed at the younger set of buyers in China. According to Chinese media, the vehicle is also expected to be renamed from H-Dog to “Hound Dog”, “Thunder Dog”, or “Lightning Dog” before its formal launch.
Exterior of Haval H-Dog
Apart from minor design differences, the overall styling and profile remain identical to the previously launched Dog-branded SUVs. The Haval H-Dog adopts a boxy design with black wheel arches and retro circular headlights. The fascia adorns a polygonal grille with ‘HAVAL’ lettering in the center against a blue slab for PHEV and a conventional one for the ICE version. The tail lights get a different treatment with a roundish combination lamp having a dashed top.
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Measuring 4,705/1,908/1,780mm with a 2,810mm wheelbase, the H-Dog is available with either 18 or 19-inch wheels depending on the variant. The approach and departure angles are 24 degrees and 30 degrees, respectively, whereas the lengths of the front and rear overhangs are 934mm and 961mm, giving H-Dog the ability to handle off-road riding in a precise manner.
Interior of Haval H-Dog
Inside, the dual-tone interior features an LCD instrument panel and a super-large central control screen, the dimensions of which are yet to be revealed. The center console is wrapped in some type of leather-like material & houses a number of buttons & drive mode selector as well as a gear lever that looks inspired by video game joysticks. Unlike most new vehicles coming with flat-bottomed steering, the H-Dog gets a full 360-degree multi-function steering wheel.
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Under the hood, the Haval H-Dog PHEV uses a 1.5T+DHT powertrain that outputs 240 kW (326 hp) and 530 Nm and has a pure electric cruising range of up to 150 km. It is equipped with a Borg-Warner electronically controlled 4-wheel drive system, 2 differential locks, and 9 all-terrain modes.
On the other hand, the gasoline version is equipped with a 2.0L turbo four-cylinder engine with an output of 175 kW (238 hp), paired to an 8-speed automatic gearbox. The base version is available in front-wheel drive and the high-end version is available with 4-wheel drive. Prices will be revealed ahead of the formal launch expected to take place within the first half of 2023.
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