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Haima 7X is launched in PH at P1,199,000

It’s a seven-seater multipurpose vehicle (or minivan)

We dig the 7X's profile. PHOTO FROM HAIMA

As you know, Chinese cars are steadily gaining ground in the Philippine car market. Such brands as Geely, GAC and Maxus are now more popular than any straight-thinking car buff would expect them to be 10 years ago.

And in case you didn’t know, Haima has been in the country since 2009. If you haven’t heard of this automaker, it’s understandable: Its local distributor, Haima Philippines, is based in San Fernando, Pampanga. Yep, not Metro Manila, like all other automotive marques doing business in our territory. That’s because it’s part of the empire built by the late Levy Laus (who died in a helicopter crash in April 2019).

Haima started out as a joint venture between the Chinese province of Hainan and the Japanese car company Mazda. Which explains why its first products were Mazda models (like the Haima 2). Through the years, especially after it was acquired by FAW from its alliance with Mazda, Haima evolved into a more respectable brand than a chintzy knockoff.

Proof of that is the vehicle you see here, the Haima 7X. The seven-seater MPV (or minivan) was officially introduced to our market last week.

You like this vehicle's light show? PHOTO FROM HAIMA

According to the product literature, the 7X measures 4,815mm long, 1,874mm wide, and 1,720mm tall. It’s about the size of the Maxus G50.

As with most modern Chinese vehicles, the 7X actually looks nice. Something that won’t appear too common at the parking lot.

That's a 12.3-inch touchscreen for your entertainment. PHOTO FROM HAIMA

You may have guessed that the engine in this car is similar to those of most Chinese cars on the market, and you’re right. That’s to take advantage of the provisions of the ASEAN-China Free Trade Agreements, which gives lower import duties to vehicles powered by 1.5-liter engines.

And so, the 7X is equipped with a 1.5-liter turbocharged in-line-four gasoline engine. Mated to a six-speed automatic transmission, it produces 162hp and 240Nm.

Doing duty under the hood is a 1.5-liter turbocharged petrol engine. PHOTO FROM HAIMA

As a minivan, the 7X boasts configurable seats for seven people. The photos seem to promise a lot of flexibility for these perches.

So many things can be done in the 7X's flexible cabin. PHOTO FROM HAIMA

The 7X is priced at P1,199,000. If you get it now, you may avail of the introductory discount of P100,000. You may choose from four colors: Clear Sky Blue, Sandy Beach White, Reef Rock Gray, and Wave Light Silver.

Now, if you want to know the features of the vehicle, please see the spec sheet below.

Do you like what you see on the spec sheet? IMAGE FROM HAIMA

Vernon B. Sarne

Vernon is the founder and editor-in-chief of VISOR. He has been an automotive journalist since July 1995. He became one by serendipity, walking into the office of a small publishing company and applying for a position he had no idea was for a local car magazine. God has watched over him throughout his humble journey. He writes the ‘Spoiler’ column.