GWM Announces Rs. 7,000+ Crore Investment; Haval Concept H Makes Debut


Haval Concept H is a plug-in hybrid SUV concept and it could spawn a production model in the near future

Chinese automaker Great Wall Motor (GWM) has made its public debut at the 2020 Auto Expo in Greater Noida. As part of showcasing what it is capable of, GWM has displayed a range of utility vehicles and the highlight of them has to be the Haval Concept H that just celebrated its global premiere. The plug-in hybrid vehicle gives a glimpse of a future mid-size or D-segment SUV possible with zero tailpipe emissions.

The Haval Concept H derives design from the regular range of SUVs sold by the brand but its premium stature should not be undermined. It features sleek LED headlamps with LED DRLs sliced downwards and side vents, a massive chromed front grille, wide lower grille with underbody protection, swooping bonnet shape, a set of large 19-inch diamond cut alloy wheels, and a clean side profile.

The rear adorns inverted L-shaped LED tail lamps and the big proportions of the concept do suggest that the concept H has an interior with ample room for occupants. Stepping inside the cabin, the Haval Concept H comes with LED light bar, a free-standing touchscreen infotainment system, an all-digital instrument cluster, blue accents signifying its eco-friendly status, touchpad gear selection and dashboard with fabric inlays.

Haval Concept H

A large panoramic sunroof should give the open air feel and the Haval Concept H boasts several driver assistive and safety technologies including autonomous emergency braking and forward collision warning. GMW will first focus on establishing its brand name with the Haval SUV firm before switching to electric vehicles and has announced an investment of one billion USD (Rs. 7,112 crore).

The investment will be concentrated on production, marketing, sales and other areas. GWM will introduce hatchbacks and sedans as well while the GWM-EV brand will spearhead the electric vehicle charge at least by the calendar year 2022. The first product from GWM will go on sale next year but the initial focus in on completely taking over the Talegaon facility with two lakh manufacturing capacity.

Haval Concept H Rear

GWM will also be aiming at radar-guided ADAS features into range of models and maximum localisation is targeted for the models going on sale. The Chinese company has already begun inviting select dealers as it will have presence in the Tier 1 and Tier 2 markets, at least initially.