Despite having a direct competitor in the version of the GWM Haval’s Chinese sibling, the MG HS PHEV (or HS +EV), as well as plug-in vehicles from Mitsubishi and Toyota, the plug-in hybrid is not slated for Australia (and to a lesser extent Kia).

A spokesperson of GWM Haval Australia told Drive that the plug-in H6 has “no [current] intention” of coming to Australia; however, the brand is said to be “monitoring [the PHEV] with interest” if reception to the ‘self-charging’ hybrid model is positive.

The H6 PHEV is powered by the very same 1.5-liter turbocharged petrol 4-cylinder engine as the standard Hybrid (disclosed to produce 125kW/285Nm), which is combined with an advanced electric motor for merged outputs of 240kW and 530Nm, which is a significant increase over the standard H6 Hybrid’s 179kW/530Nm and the MG HS PHEV’s 189kW/370Nm.

The plug-in hybrid H6 is exclusively front-wheel drive, despite having more power and torque than other hot hatches. The tires are spun by Haval’s Direct Hybrid Transmission (DHT), which incorporates electrified parts into a dual-clutch automatic system.

A battery of unknown capacity – potentially the 41.8kWh pack found in the Coffee 01, a new car from GWM sub-brand Wey – is said to provide an asserted 201km of the all-electric driving range, which is believed to be the longest of any manufacturing plug-in hybrid (with the exception of range-extenders) and exceeds that of some city-focused EVs. However, that figure is based on the infamously generous NEDC test cycle, implying that real-world statistics will likely be closer to 100-150 kilometers.

Normal, Sport, Eco, and Snow are the eight drive modes available, each in Hybrid and EV versions. A 0-100km/h time is not specified, but with power delivered to the road via eco-friendly 225mm-wide tires, it is indeed unlikely to be less than six seconds.

LED headlights and taillights, 19-inch alloy wheels, a 360-degree camera, as well as a panoramic sunroof are among the available features in Thailand, with the sharper front fascia design seen on the H6 Hybrid in Australia becoming standard on the PHEV.

Dual screens, dual-zone automatic climate control, keyless entry and start, wireless phone charging, and a PM2.5 air filter, as well as a hands-free motorized tailgate, are among the interior highlights. 2022 Haval H6 PHEV is expected to arrive on sale in Thailand in the next months, however, it will not be available in Australia for the time being.

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