THE Haval H2 made its Mzansi debut at the same time the brand from the Peoples’ Republic of China made its entry into South Africa in May of 2017.

Great Wall Motors is no stranger to Mzansi. It’s been in the country for the past 12 years but previously under the wing of an importer distributor.So, what with the entry into the country, this time as Haval and now as a wholly owned subsidiary to GWM Corporation.

Since 2017 sales of Haval climbed steadily as more and more South Africans chose the brand. They trust it for its safety and reliability.

From humble beginnings, the brand is now selling in excess of 1 000 units, with a new record sales figure set in January of 1 083 units sold in Mzansi.

The Haval H2 is positioned as Haval’s global C category volume model and is not only famous globally as Haval’s first “World Car” but continues to maintain presence through affordability and value status.

Launched in China in 2014 and locally three years later, the H2 was originally positioned as the “ideal choice” product offering.

The H2 has since become a global leader in the small SUV segment. It’s a multi-purpose family car with superiority in performance, safety, specification levels and styling. It’s sold in over 40 countries with approximately 16 000 units sold monthly in China alone.

It has sold at a rate of over 10 000 units per month in China for the last four years consecutively. In July last year, the H2 sported over 750 000 retail units globally and it’s been Haval South Africa’s top selling model since 2017.

In fact, since its launch in Mzansi, 7 235 Haval H2s have been sold until December last year and January saw over 500 units sold, making it one of the top three best-selling small SUVs in Mzansi.

Underneath, the new H2 is the 1.5 turbo powerplant different to its predecessor, but with the same chassis, gearbox configurations and suspension.

The styling is all new. The new H2 features a new hexagon-shaped grill, new front and rear bumpers, fenders and new arrow-shaped headlights with LED technology on the Luxury model and a new hexagon-shaped tail light.

The rear also features a new chrome strip, a re-aligned reflector with a raised protection strip, larger twin exhaust pipes and a new splitter plate, all culminating in a more dynamic, sporty and aggressive design. The wheels feature an all new 5-spoke 18-inch design.

Inside, the H2 features a trendy, convenient and user-friendly layout for a pleasurable driving experience. The seats have been restyled to give a sportier look and feel while the Luxury model offers a panoramic sunroof. The new H2 has six airbags in both the City and Luxury derivatives. And it retains its ANCAP five-star safety rating.

Both the City and Luxury offer a six-speed manual transmission or a six-speed automatic transmission. Buyers also have seven colours to choose from.

The H2 comes with a five-year 100 000km warranty, five-year unlimited mileage roadside assistance and a five-year 60 000km service plan.

  • Prices: The H2 starts at R269 900 for the base City manual model.) The Luxury Auto model is priced at R329 900.