The 2018 Haval H9 has been announced by the Chinese manufacturer, with a handful of upgrades that will further push the value-for-money proposition of this seven-seater.
They have squeezed another 12.5% of power out of the 2.0 litre turbocharged petrol engine, which will now make 180kW @ 5,500 rpm. There is also a bump to the torque figure, now 350Nm.
The updated engine will be running through an 8-speed ZF automatic transmission, adding an extra two foward ratios over the old gearbox. This will make the H9 faster and more efficient. Winning!
There is also a handful of interior changes on the 2018 Haval H9. The instrument panel has been updated (with a digital speed0), along with a panoramic sunroof and T-bar shifter.
On the spec side, Premium and LUX models will now come standard with Blind Spot Warning and Lane Departure Warning technology.
The H9 is a cut-price competitor to other seven-seater 4X4 wagons, like the LandCruiser Prado and Ford Everest, and the rest of the ute-based wagons (Mitsubishi Pajero Sport, Holden Trailblazer, Toyota Fortuner and Isuzu MU-X). Currently priced at $46,490 drive away, it does include a lot of car, tech and spec for the money.