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Auto China 2024: Great Wall Motor unveils 2nd-gen Haval H9 and refreshed H6

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Great Wall Motor went all out for Auto China 2024. PHOTO BY SAM SURLA

Great Wall Motor’s booth at Auto China 2024 (Beijing Motor Show) is one of the biggest the show has, sitting at 4,000sq-m.

For the first time, all of the automaker’s brands are in the same place, such as the Wey luxury vehicles, Ora EVs, Tank luxury off-roaders, Poer pickup trucks, and Haval SUVs.

For the first day, Haval took the main stage to show off two new SUVs: the second-generation H9 and the updated H6.

Think of this as a long-wheelbase Menglong/Raptor. PHOTOS BY SAM SURLA

The midsize H9 measures 5,070mm long, 1,976mm wide, and 1,930mm tall. Thanks to its 2,850mm wheelbase, the rear can either offer an extra row (to seat seven) or a lot of cargo space.

Otherwise, the design heavily resembles the Menglong/Raptor SUV with its boxy profile, upright grille, circular LED headlamps, and upright quad taillights with a swing-out tailgate that has a rear full-size spare tire.

Wheel sizes are also up to 19 inches. There is an electric sidestep, as well as a splash of brightwork for a more sophisticated appearance.

Extra space at the back for another row of seats or more cargo. PHOTOS BY SAM SURLA

In fact, the interior looks extremely similar, right down to the two large screens that measure 12.3 inches (digital instrument cluster) and 14.6 inches (infotainment), and the rugged design with bright tan leather and exposed bolts.

Two engine choices are also offered: a 2.0-liter turbocharged gasoline engine (221hp and 385Nm) paired with an eight-speed automatic, and a 2.4-liter turbodiesel (184hp and 480Nm) mated to a nine-speed automatic. Of course, it has a BorgWarner four-wheel drive system and three differential locks.

The H6 grows up with its facelift. PHOTOS BY SAM SURLA

Next is the revised H6. Under the new “Star River” design language, it features a sharper, more cohesive grille, and revised LED lights front and back. It sits on all-black 19-inch wheels.

The interior is mildly refreshed with a new layout, alongside a larger 10.25-inch digital instrument cluster and a 14.6-inch infotainment with GWM’s new Coffee OS 2.0.

The interior is a lot more elegant as well compared to before. PHOTOS BY SAM SURLA

This is currently only for the ICE model: a 1.5-liter or 2.0-liter turbocharged gas motor with a seven- or nine-speed dual-clutch automatic, respectively. Eventually, a PHEV model with the Hi4 hybrid all-wheel-drive powertrain will follow with the new looks and features.

The H9 is slated to make its way to our country sometime in September (most likely with the 2.4-liter turbodiesel), but the H6 has yet to be determined as our country currently only sells the hybrid version of the crossover.

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Sam Surla

Sam is the youngest member of our editorial team. And he is our managing editor (believe it or not). He specializes in photography and videography, but he also happens to like writing about cars a lot.