GWM Haval Australia’s first hybrid providing has been experiencing some provide challenges of late, however the firm says the state of affairs is bettering and wait instances are pretty minimal.
The Haval H6 Hybrid is the Chinese language model’s shot on the top-selling Toyota RAV4 Hybrid, and like we’ve seen throughout the business sourcing autos for hybrid-hungry Australians hasn’t been easy crusing.
“Provide for H6 Hybrid has been difficult over the previous few months however the state of affairs is bettering,” mentioned a spokesperson for GWM Haval Australia.
“We now have provides of H6 Hybrid on the way in which, and if a buyer was to position an order at this time they could solely be a few months from taking supply.”
A few months is in stark distinction to manufacturers like Toyota, with wait instances for the Toyota RAV4 Hybrid stretching out as much as 18-24 months relying on variant.
It’s the same story for different manufacturers, hybrid or not, with ongoing part shortages and provide chain pinch factors inflicting important delays for brand spanking new orders and likewise forcing some manufacturers to de-content their automobiles.
Hybrid choices within the mainstream SUV segments are additionally few and much between in Australia, restricted to Toyota’s expansive vary (although severely provide restricted) in addition to choices from Kia and Subaru which likewise face their very own provide constraints.
International provide points are additionally forcing producers to prioritise markets with emissions rules (e.g. Europe), which means Australia will get pushed down the precedence queue. Hyundai and Kia have been key examples, unable to supply the Tucson Hybrid and Sportage Hybrid because of excessive international demand.
In Australia there’s just one specification of Haval H6 Hybrid, based mostly on the top-spec Extremely specification.
The 2022 Haval H6 Extremely Hybrid at present retails for $45,990 drive-away, positioning it towards the mid-spec Toyota RAV4 GXL 2WD Hybrid ($40,450) and Subaru Forester Hybrid L AWD ($43,290).
It’s powered by a 1.5-litre turbocharged petrol engine teamed with a two-speed 130kW electrical motor and 1.8kWh battery pack, quoting system outputs of 179kW and 530Nm.
GWM claims the electrified SUV makes use of 5.2L/100km of 91 RON unleaded on the mixed cycle.
Whereas present choices are restricted, GWM Haval Australia plans to increase its electrified portfolio very quickly.
“GWM has agency plans to broaden the vary of electrified powertrains accessible within the coming interval,” mentioned an organization spokesperson, “[we have] made important funding into each hybrid and EV.”
“Australian new automotive patrons might be amongst these to see the advantages of that funding within the not-too-distant future.”
CarExpert understands the smaller Jolion Hybrid is on monitor to affix the native vary earlier than the top of 2022, with new fashions from the Tank 4×4 and Ora sub-brands so as to add additional hybrid and electrical choices respectively. Watch this area.
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