ICML, known best for their Rhino MPV may soon launch a Chinese Haval H5 based, five-seater SUV in India.
The Haval H5 has been caught testing in Chandigarh by Autocar India which hints the possible launch of the SUV which could be the Haval H5 or an Indianized version of the Haval H5 in the near future.
Looks, space and comfort
The Haval H5 is manufactured by Great Wall Motors. The H5 has a car-like front face with curvy headlamps and a smiling grille. The front bumper houses a large trapezoidal air dam and a pair of fog lamps. The side profile is conventionally designed with large glass house area aiding all round visibility. The rear ends with a unique pair of high mounted taillamps and a boxy boot door. The large wheel arches, chunky 17-inch wheels and skid plates make the H5 look sporty.
The interiors house five seats and due to the car’s big dimensions, will likely offer good amount of legroom, headroom and shoulder room. The boot space too, is adequate.
In international markets, the Haval H5 is offered in two engine variants: a 2.4-litre petrol and a 2.5-litre diesel. Since the demand for diesel SUVs is high in India, ICML will likely launch the diesel variants here. The 2.5-litre diesel motor puts out 107 bhp of power and 299 Nm of torque.
The Haval H5, when launched in India, could be priced at around Rs. 10 lakh and may compete with vehicles like the Mahindra XUV500, Force One and the Tata Aria. The Haval H5 is a five seater and may turn down buyers looking for seven seater SUVs. Among the five seaters, the Haval H5 may have to face competition from the upcoming Renault Duster and Ford Ecosport as well.
At the recent Auto Expo, many car makers had many compact and sub compact SUVs hinting that they foresee a strong demand for SUVs in the coming days. ICML, which doesn’t want to be left behind, too is readying the Haval H5. But ICML is a brand, which is not popular and has to build a strong dealership and service network before competing with major players.