Great Wall Motors showed a number of impressive vehicles at the Auto Expo 2020. Then the lockdown and the stressed Indo-China relations postponed the plans of the manufacturer. However, now it looks like Great Wall Motors is back on track. They have just filed a trademark for the Haval Jolion moniker in our country. So, it should be safe to assume that Great Wall Motors is working on launching a new product in the Indian market. However, as of now, there is no launch timeline revealed for the SUV. They already have setup an office in Gurugram which has a team of 20 people.
Speaking of the Jolion, it is a premium SUV that measures 4,472 mm in length, 1,814 mm in width and 1,619 mm in height. It has a wheelbase of 2,700 mm. So, the SUV is a bit smaller than the MG Hector but it is more in line with the Jeep Compass. The SUV will be more premium than the MG Hector and the Tata Harrier. So, it is expected to compete against the Jeep Compass price-wise.
It is expected to be offered only with one petrol engine. It is a 1.5-litre turbocharged petrol engine that is capable of producing 142 PS of max power and a peak torque output of 210 Nm. It is offered with a 6-speed manual gearbox or a 7-speed dual-clutch automatic gearbox with paddle shifters. It also has different driving modes, namely Eco, Standard, Snow and Sports. You also get different modes for the steering. You have Comfort, Light and Sport.
The SUV does look quite striking with its aggressive design and unique design for the LED headlamps with LED Daytime Running Lamps and C-shaped LED tail lamps. There is no conventional gear lever to put the car into gear. Instead, you get a rotary dial through to switch gears and there is also an electronic parking brake.
There is loads of safety tech on offer. It comes with disc brakes at all four ends, up to six airbags, ABS with EBD and Brake Assist, Stability Control, Traction Control, Hill Assist, Anti-Roll system, Secondary Collision Mitigation, Hill Descent Control, Tyre Pressure Monitoring System, Rear parking sensors, rear parking camera and a 360-degree parking camera.
It also comes with Advanced Driver Aids Systems such as Adaptive Cruise control, Traffic Jam Assist, Intelligent Turning Assist, Traffic Sign Recognization, Pre-Collision Warning, Lane Departure Alert, Lane Keep Assist, Lane Centre Keeping and Automatic Emergency Braking. Having said that, it is not yet known how much driver aids, the manufacturer will offer in India because they increase the cost of the vehicle and the conditions of the Indian roads can be really bad.
Haval also offers a lot of features and equipment too. There is a wireless charger, dual-zone climate control, Heads-up display, keyless entry, push-button to start/stop, Driver Fatigue Detection, Automatic Anti-glare Mirrors, automatic headlamps, rear AC vents, electrical adjustment for the driver seat, digital instrument cluster, multi-information display, 12V accessory socket, cruise control and much more. You get a large touchscreen infotainment system that comes with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay.