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Haval provides more details on the upcoming P Series bakkie

12 September 2019

The recent Chengdu Motor Show in China was somewhat overshadowed by the Frankfurt Motor Show, but at least one big reveal happened.

By now we’ve all seen Haval’s new P Series bakkie, which will be the main weapon in its arsenal as it takes the fight straight to Japanese bakkie manufacturers. Other than the basics, we haven’t seen any other information on it.

At the Chengdu Motor Show, Haval released a few more details surrounding the top-of-the-line P Series double cab.

While we’ll leave it up to you to decide whether you like the aggressive styling, we can tell you how big the P Series will be compared to its rivals. The length, width and height of the vehicle are 5410x1934x1886mm and the wheelbase is 3230mm. That makes it bigger in every direction than both the Hilux and Ranger. The Hilux also has a wheelbase of 3085, while the Ranger has a wheelbase of 3226mm. This means the P Series will likely be roomier than both, if the interior space is utilised well enough.

As standard it is equipped with full LED headlights and tail lamps, front and rear fog lights and sequential flowing daytime running lights.

The load bin size is claimed to be 1520x1520x538mm. It is equipped with a damping tail gate, a retractable step and ramp ladder slot. There will also be various canopy options.

This particular top-spec model is powered by a 2.0-litre turbocharged petrol engine, which delivers 140kW and 360Nm of torque. It’s mated to an eight-speed automatic transmission with four driving modes – standard, economic, sport and four-wheel drive low. Together with an intelligent four-wheel drive, centre differential lock, rear axle electronic differential lock it looks like a proper off-roader. At least on paper.

Haval says the P Series will be lavishly equipped with niceties like Remote Key Entry & one-button start, multi-function leather steering wheel equipped with shift paddle, 9-inch touch screen, leather seats, heated front seats, automatic air conditioning, rear air conditioning outlet, panoramic sunroof and exclusive in-car fragrance.

In terms of intelligent equipment, the vehicle will be equipped with the latest generation of intelligent networking system which has functions such as CarPlay, intelligent voice control, remote control and intelligent dynamic information service.

In terms of active and passive safety, the P Series comes with L2 level autonomous driving system. Equipped with configuration such as Bosch Version 9.3 ESP, AEB, ACC, lane keeping, semi-automatic parking, and traffic sign recognition, it realizes aided driving, environment awareness, programmed decision-making and other functions. In addition, it is equipped with safety specs such as 360 View, Rear View Camera, Side Assist, intelligent forward view and 12 radar probes.