Already Haval has confirmed that diesel powertrains won’t be making their way to Australia in future, relying instead on turbocharged petrol, and hybrid systems to power its SUV-only range.
At the recent Beijing Auto Exhibition, the HB-02 concept previewed the hind of plug-in hybrid system likely to appear in future Haval models.
A 1.5 litre turbocharged turbocharged petrol engine, combined with an electric motor, results in a combined 450Nm of torque for the HB-02 – enough to rival much larger diesel engines.
Although they’re just claims on a concept car at the moment, if Haval can manage to replicate them in a production car it could throw a cat among the pigeons. After all, the BMW X5 xDrive40e can manage just 31 km (19 mi) in pure electric mode, and Volvo’s XC90 T8 Hybrid will cover 40 km (25 mi) before the gasoline engine gets involved.
It’s always worth taking claimed fuel economy figures with a grain of salt, especially when big plug-in hybrids are concerned, but Haval is claiming fuel use figures of just 2.1 L/100km (112 US mpg).
The HB-02 was shown off at the Beijing Auto Exhibition, and is expected to find its way into production vehicles as early as next year.