In just a few years, the Chinese auto industry has been able to show astonishing advances. Since its manufacture opened up to the world, the proposals seem infinite due to the wide range they cover. The segments as we know them here are squared, as are versions, powertrains, and technologies, to name a few.
What is reaching our latitudes? Just a small sample. In our market, the supply of Chinese brands had a marked growth in 2017. It was the year in which most of the 16 brands that currently operate in the country landed, when the price of the dollar had not reached 20 pesos. In those days, cover letters were based on tempting prices in exchange for well-equipped products.
Now, with a market lacking foreign currency and units, the story is different but it is still being written.
Within this small world is Haval, a brand belonging to the Great Wall Motors consortium, which specializes in the development of SUVs and which in our country is imported and marketed by the Car One Group.
It has chrome appliqués, 18-inch wheels and a panoramic roof. Photo: Maxi Failla
Haval stands out for the quality, equipment and technology with which it equips its vehicles. It has demonstrated this with the H2 and the H6, two SUVs that have left a very good image and have nothing to envy to the products of renowned or more established automakers.
Despite all this, they have a big drawback: the widespread prejudice that everything that comes from China is "not trustworthy." Let's go back to the beginning. The progress of the Chinese industry is evident and it is already here, you just have to give yourself the opportunity to get to know it.
The Jolion could be a very good place to start. It arrived in mid-2023 to replace the H2. Be careful, it is not one of the cheapest models, but quite the opposite and to top it all off the only variant offered is one of the most equipped.
His figure was created by former Land Rover designer Phil Simmons. Photo: Maxi Failla
It costs $55,075 (November list), and the brand assures that they are weighed at the value of the official dollar at the time of the operation (at the close of this edition, $20,708,200).
Armed to the teeth
The Jolion debuted at the Beijing Motor Show in 2020. It is manufactured at the plant in Baoding, China, on a new modular platform called L.E.M.O.N that is also used in the third generation of the H6.
In dimensions it is larger than the H2 and slightly smaller than the H6. It measures 4,472 mm long, 1,841 mm wide, 1,619 mm high, and has a wheelbase of 2700 mm, measurements that compare it, for example, to a Jeep Compass, a Peugeot 3008, a Toyota Corolla Cross and a Volkswagen Taos. Meanwhile, the trunk has a capacity of 430 litres, which can be expanded to 1,130 litres with the rear seats folded down.
The Jolion is a vehicle that does not go unnoticed. It was designed by Phil Simmons (the former Land Rover who also shaped the third generation of the H6) with the idea of targeting a younger audience. That is why, in addition to its modern style, it offers a palette of striking colors, such as this apple green or an electric blue/light blue.
with very good finish and quality of materials. 12.3" high-definition, touch-responsive multimedia display. Photo: Maxi Failla
The cabin respects the discreet and minimalist style of the H6, with which it shares several components such as the steering wheel, the circular gear selector and the floating-style central display. The goal is fulfilled: to replicate the pleasant feeling of being in a well-finished vehicle - with combined materials that are pleasant to the touch - in a comfortable environment with a high level of equipment.
It offers good space for passengers in both seats. In the back, there's plenty of room to rest your legs and the flat floor is a relief for those who happen to travel in between. Up front, the seats are electric and can be heated. Of course, it is surprising that the steering wheel is not regulated in depth, a detail that would help to find the best driving position.
The infotainment system and connectivity are guaranteed through the huge 12.3" central screen with very good image quality and agile touch response, which allows you to pair phones with Android and iOS (iPhone). In addition, it has a wireless phone charger.
Circular gear selector, impractical. Photo: Maxi Failla
The Jolion is a balanced vehicle that is pleasant to drive both in the city and on the road. The soundproofing is one of the highest points: there is no noise from the wind and the engine is also well insulated.
Mechanically, it has a 1.5-liter turbocharged four-cylinder gasoline engine that delivers a power of 141 hp and is associated with a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic gearbox.
The whole thing works smoothly and smoothly in the urban environment. The suspension system, configured for our region, works efficiently on uneven surfaces, ensuring that the 18-inch wheels do not compromise driving comfort. In addition, the hardness-adjustable electric steering allows it to adapt to all types of driving. On the road, on the other hand, it is firm and solid, transmitting a lot of safety in the corners.
Spacious rear seat and flat floor. It has air conditioning outlets. Photo: Maxi Failla
Driving in the Jolion is made easier by the comprehensive package of assists, such as adaptive cruise control, lane keep assist, fatigue detection, blind spot alert, front and rear collision warning, automatic emergency braking, traffic sign recognition, pedestrian safety assistance, and more.
Jolion means "first love" in Chinese, and by all its attributes this vehicle is very likely to represent it.
- Haval Jolion 1.5T 7DCT Supreme: US$ 55,070* (November)
- Length: 4,472 mm
- Width:1,841 mm
- Height:1,619 mm
- Wheelbase: 2,700 mm
- Weight: 1,826 kg
- Trunk: 430 dm3
- Fuel tank: 55 liters
- Engine: Petrol, 1.5 turbo
- Power:141 hp (5,500-6,000 rpm)
- Torque: 210 Nm (2,000-4,000 rpm)
- Transmission: Automatic (dual clutch), 7 speed.
- Top speed: 190 km/h
- Acel. 0-100 km/h: 9.9 seconds
- Average fuel consumption: 7.6 L/100 km
- Front (2), side (2) and curtain airbags (2)
- Stability & Traction Control
- Forward Collision Warning and Autonomous Emergency Braking
- Pedestrian Safety Assistance
- Lane Keeping System & Alert
- Blind Spot Detection
- Driver drowsiness detection
- Adaptive Cruise Control
- Traffic Sign Recognition
- Parking Assist System
- 360° View Camera
- Hill Start & Descent Assist
- Power steering with three modes (Sport, Comfort, Leve)
- Four riding modes (Standard, ECO, Sport, Snow)
- Paddles on the steering wheel
- Automatic LED headlights
- Panoramic sunroof
- Rain sensor
- 12.3" touchscreen with Android Auto and Apple Car Play
- Front (2) and rear (2) USB ports
- Dual-zone automatic climate control
- Leather upholstery
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