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Auto Guangzhou 2023: The Haval Raptor is an electrified off-roader for the masses

Boxy off-road looks and a PHEV powertrain with 378hp and 750Nm

Despite its looks, the Haval Raptor is an off-roader that a lot of people will be able to afford. PHOTO BY SAM SURLA

At the Auto Guangzhou 2023, Great Wall Motor had a heavy emphasis on electrification in all of the products it showed off. Three of them are off-roaders, but what if you wanted something that wasn’t a pickup truck or an absurdly expensive vehicle?

Enter the Haval Raptor (or Menglong), which is an affordable plug-in-hybrid off-road SUV from its Haval sub-brand.

We love the new wave of boxy, retro-inspired SUVs that are actually capable off the beaten path. PHOTOS BY SAM SURLA

People might raise their eyebrows at its oddly familiar-looking shape, but it’s an attractive retro-inspired design with some thoughtful touches.

The round LED headlights are recessed to prevent bushes and shrubs from scratching them during off-road excursions.

If you damage the front grille, the exposed bolts allow you to take it off and easily replace it yourself.

The spare tire mounted on the swing-out door can also be replaced with an “accessory backpack” should you desire more space.

Luxurious or rugged? Haval wants you to have both, apparently. PHOTOS BY SAM SURLA

The cabin design is an interesting mix of luxury and rugged bits. Grab handles, exposed rivets, mesh nets, chunky switchgear, bright tan leather, faux-carbon-fiber accents, a panoramic sunroof, a 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster, and a 14.6-inch screen are present in this interior for five.

The Hi4 powertrain is very capable wherever you bring it. PHOTOS BY SAM SURLA

The plug-in hybrid powertrain is the star of the show. It utilizes a 1.5-liter turbocharged four-banger, a two-speed Hybrid transmission, two electric motors, and four-wheel drive. This offers an astounding combined system output of 378hp and 750Nm.

The 27.54kWh battery allows it to run up to 145km on electric power only, but the vehicle also has a combined range of “close to 1,000km.” Plus, it has V2L (vehicle-to-load) capabilities up to 3.3kW.

It looks particularly handsome in this deep green color. PHOTOS BY SAM SURLA

It’s also fairly compact, measuring 4,800mm long (spare tire included), 1,916mm wide, and 1,822mm tall with a 2,738mm wheelbase. It offers 200mm of ground clearance and 560mm of water-wading capabilities.

In China, it starts at 165,800 Chinese Yuan (P1.282 million) and tops out at 183,800 Chinese Yuan (P1.422 million), making it accessible to a lot of people.

Do you want Great Wall Motors Philippines to introduce this to our market?

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.