GWM releases the first images of the Haval H9 full-size SUV

We've seen GWM launch the Haval Jolion and the Haval H6 for the Philippine market. Both crossovers are available with a hybrid powertrain that delivers fast acceleration yet is economical at the same time.

It was then followed by the Tank 300 which is the company's take on a Ford Bronco/Jeep Wrangler rival. With a 2.0-liter turbocharged gas engine, 4WD with front & rear locking differentials, along with plenty of in-car amenities, the Tank 300 has plenty going for it, and then some.

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While it seems GWM Philippines has all of the segments covered, they still have yet to offer a full-size SUV that could take on the likes of the Toyota Land Cruiser 300/Land Cruise Prado and Nissan Patrol at a more affordable price. Perhaps their answer lies with the all-new Haval H9 which is set to be revealed sometime later this year.

GWM has just released the first images of the next-generation full-size SUV and it looks promising. While it carries Haval's signature design language with its distinct front fascia, there are some subtle nods to the LC 300, particularly at the back. It gets a pair of vertical LED taillights along with an external storage compartment. Buyers can also choose for a rear spare tire carrier although regular models will have the spare wheel installed underneath the vehicle.

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As mentioned earlier, the front fascia is rather unique with its bold grille, eye-catching LED headlights & daytime running lights, and long hood. Also worth mentioning are the large 19-inch alloy wheels, the embedded HAVAL letter logo on the grille, black roof rails, a panoramic sunroof, and the square side mirrors that highlight the H9's SUV heritage.

Size-wise, the all-new H9 measures 4950mm long (5070mm with a spare tire carrier/storage box), 1976mm wide, and 1930mm tall. It also has a generous 2850mm wheelbase which means it will have plenty of cabin & luggage space inside. Last but not least, the H9 will reportedly be available as a 5-seater or as a 7-seater.

Can the GWM Haval H9 take on the Land Cruiser? image

Under the hood, the H9 will supposedly be available with two engine options. The first one is a 2.0-liter turbocharged gasoline inline-four which could have been derived from the Tank 300. It makes 224 PS with 480 Nm of torque and is saddled with an 8-speed automatic gearbox. Next is a 2.4-liter turbo-diesel engine that generates 186 PS with 480 Nm of torque and is coupled to a 9-speed automatic gearbox. A 4WD system courtesy of BorgWarner is also available for the Haval H9.

With GWM Philippines already having several crossovers and SUVs in the country, could the H9 make sense here and go up against the likes of the Jetour T-2, Toyota Land Cruiser, and perhaps the Nissan Patrol too? Let us know what you think in the comments.