Johannesburg - Haval has launched its first Fortuner rival in South Africa.
The large, body-on-frame SUV, which was revealed to local media at the Festival of Motoring at Kyalami on Thursday, will be offered as a single derivative, the 2.0 4x4 Luxury, priced at R599 900.
However it enters the market with a distinct disadvantage in that it’s only available with petrol power. This comes in the form of a brawny 2-litre direct injection turbopetrol with 180kW and 350Nm on tap. It’s mated to a ZF-sourced eight-speed automatic gearbox that can be operated via steering-mounted paddles.
Technically its nearest rival would be the 175kW Toyota Fortuner 4.0 V6 4x4, which costs almost R100 000 more than the Haval at R697 900.
However it’s the diesel models that customers really want in this segment and Haval is going to have a hard time luring customers away from options like the Fortuner 2.8 GD-6 4x4 auto, at R641 700, the Ford Everest 3.2 4x4 auto, at R655 000 and Mitsubishi’s Pajero Sport 2.4 4x4, which matches the Haval at R699 995.