By Otsile Kadiege
Since its introduction back in 2017, the Haval H2 has been a popular choice for consumers who are in the market for an affordable compact SUV. In late 2020, Haval South Africa launched the updated H2. Fast forward a few months later, the Chinese automaker’s local arm is “gearing up” for the local introduction of the Jolion.
The successor of the H2 debuted at the 2020 Beijing Motor Show. It’s longer (4468mm up by 103mm) and wider (1841mm up by 27mm) than the H2. The Jolion has a daring look thanks to its flamboyant DRLs and taillights. In some markets the Jolion will come standard with 17-inch wheels and optional 18-inch wheels.
The cabin is premium looking thanks to rotary drive select, stitching on the dashboard, digital cluster borrowed from the P-Series and floating infotainment touchscreen. Fully loaded Jolions will feature a panoramic roof, surround sound system, 360-degree view cameras and wireless charging.
Some driver assistance systems and safety features include adaptive cruise control, lane departure warning, lane change assist, parking aid system, traffic jam assist, Blind Spot detection, ABS and EBD.
The Jolion will be powered by a 1.5L VVTI turbopetrol engine producing 116 kW and 220 Nm. Power is sent to the front wheels via a 7-speed DCT.
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