Guangzhou Live – Haval H1 mini SUV

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A raised hatchback with a rugged looking front fascia.

The newly launched Haval H1, the smallest crossover by the Great Wall Motors-owned SUV brand, was on display at the Guangzhou Auto Show 2014. The mini SUV carries a starting price tag of 68,900 yuan (around INR 6.92 lakhs).

Haval H1 front quarter at 2014 Guangzhou Auto Show

Reported to be underpinned by the Great Wall C20R’s platform, the H1 carries Haval’s design traits albeit in a very small package. The car measures 3,898 mm in length, 1,729 mm in width, 1,621 mm in height and 2,560 in wheelbase. In other words, the H1 is more of a raised compact hatchback rather than a small SUV.

Haval H1 side at 2014 Guangzhou Auto Show

The punitive H1 is full of soft crossover elements like a prominent chrome grille, rugged bumpers with silver scuff plates, roof rails and black plastic underbody cladding.

Haval H1 rear quarter at 2014 Guangzhou Auto Show

Power comes from a 1.5-litre four-cylinder petrol engine which develops 106 bhp and 138 Nm of torque. The motor is available with either a 5-speed manual or a 6-speed automatic gearbox. The drive is transferred to the front wheels.

Haval H1 dashboard at 2014 Guangzhou Auto Show

The modern interior is finished in dual-tone black-brown color theme. The dashboard features a three-spoke steering wheel with controls for the music system, a simple instrument binnacle with an LCD multi-information display and tablet sized pop-up multimedia infotainment screen.

Haval H1 at Guangzhou Auto Show 2014 – Image Gallery

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