In the first chapter of a series looking at Gwm‘s existing and next generation models, the focus was on three minor brands: Pao, Ora and Great Wall itself. In this second part, the focus shifts to what’s new and what’s next for Wey and Haval.
Will the ‘VV3‘ be the next additional SUV for Great Wall Motor’s near-premium division? Such a model is due to join the Chinese market range later in 2021. It should be positioned in the B segment, so around 4.0-4.2 m long and a challenger for the massively successful Guangqi Honda Vexel and Dongfeng Honda XR-V twins.
The current smallest model in the VV series is the 5. Launched in the third quarter of 2017, the VV5 is due to be facelifted very soon and a VV5 EV might be added too. The vehicle itself has a lot in common with the Haval H6, though the latter is a bit longer. The first and second generations of the H6 as well as the Wey VV5 and Wey VV7 use the same platform. Powering the VV5 is a 197 hp 2.0-litre petrol turbo.
The proposed VV8 is to be a stretched version of the VV7 (see link to PLDB below). Unlike that model, this larger SUV should have seven seats. Lengthwise, it is expected to be around the five-metre mark. The Chinese market sales premiere should be later this year.
Demonstrating how quickly GWM has changed direction with the Wey brand, the angular and decidedly non-VV Tank 300 suddenly appeared late last year. The 4,760 mm long rugged looking ladder frame chassis four by four is an additional model for the Wey brand rather than a replacement for the VV7 as some had suggested.
The world debut of a pre-production vehicle took place at the Chengdu motor show in July 2020. One month later GWM announced details of two powertrains. The first of the pair is a turbocharged 3.0-litre V6 which produces 348 hp and 500 Nm. Drive goes to both axles via an eight-speed automatic transmission. The alternative is a plug-in hybrid (see PLDB). A third variant powered by a 224 hp 2.0-litre turbo is rumoured but not yet confirmed.
Deliveries to dealerships in China commenced in December. The life cycle should endure until the end of 2027, that being some three-four years after a facelift.
There is no such model as a Haval H1, the SUV brand’s smallest vehicle being the H2. The second generation premiered at the Shanghai motor show in September last year, although this followed the world debut of a preview in the form of the Concept H at the New Delhi Auto Expo in early 2020.
The new model continues GWM’s practice of giving some of its latest vehicles additional names, which in this case is H2 First Love. This is supposed to signify the vehicle’s appeal to younger buyers. As well as build in China, production will likely also take place in India. And the life cycle should endure for six-seven years, which means a scheduled mid-life makeover in 2023/2024.
How GWM replaced the H5 came as a shock. The successor for this model, which started life in 2004 as the Great Wall Hover – finally went on sale in the fourth quarter of 2020. The new ‘Dagou‘, which is 4,620 mm long, has large circular headlights and in contrast to the H5, a squared-off profile. Great Wall Motor held a competition on WeChat and the winning name translates as Big Dog.
There are three engines for the Chinese market: 230 hp 2.0 turbo, 183 hp 1.5 turbo and a 1.5 turbo plug-in hybrid. The new SUV is also expected to be one of the first models for Great Wall’s Indian plant. This facility is the former General Motors factory in Talegaon near Pune. As for the Big Dog’s codename and life cycle, these can be found in PLDB.
The third generation H6 went on sale at the end of August 2020, the first vehicle for a modular platform called Lemon. The new model’s arrival was a surprise given that generation two was only launched in 2017. At 2,738 mm, the wheelbase is 58 mm lengthier than the H6 generation two, while length by width by height are 4,653 x 1,886 x 1,730 mm.
Powering the new H6 is Great Wall’s GW4B15A petrol turbo four-cylinder engine. This 1.5-litre unit produces a claimed 169 hp.
We can expect a six-seven year manufacturing cycle for this big selling SUV, which means a facelift in 2023. Also, there should be electrified versions to come.
The H6 Coupé premiered as a concept at the Shanghai motor show in April 2013. It looked similar to a Range Rover Evoque five-door. Another concept, the Haval Coupé C, was seen for the first time at April 2014’s Beijing motor show. The production model, launch at April 2015’s Shanghai motor show, is nearly identical to the C concept.
This crossover, which is just about identical in size to the Mazda CX-5, is powered by a turbocharged 2.0-litre petrol engine and the only gearbox is a six-speed DCT. It is priced above the H6. Sales commenced in China in May 2015.
Great Wall Motor caused much confusion at the Guangzhou motor show in November 2017 when it revealed a prototype of new model called Haval H6 Coupé. The company did not explain if this meant that the existing model would be axed or maybe renamed and remain in production.
A facelifted H6 Coupe was then announced in February 2019 and made its public debut at the Shanghai motor show six weeks later. A 124 kW and 285 Nm 1.5-litre turbo engine was also new, with a seven-speed DCT.
Images of a successor model were published on the internet in June 2020. Some believe that the replacement’s name may change to H6x when it’s launched later in 2021.
Reports for many other manufacturers’ future models are grouped in the OEM product strategy summaries section of just-auto.com.
Future platform intelligence
More detail on past, current and forthcoming models can be found in PLDB, the future vehicles database which is part of GlobalData’s Automotive Intelligence Center.
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