4 new hybrid SUVs that Malaysians should wait for in 2022 - Honda HR-V, Toyota Corolla Cross, Haval H6, Jolion

Shaun · Dec 14, 2021 06:49 PM

4 new hybrid SUVs that Malaysians should wait for in 2022 - Honda HR-V, Toyota Corolla Cross, Haval H6, Jolion 01

  • Haval plant in Thailand as regional hub for export, Malaysia included.
  • All-new 2022 Honda HR-V to arrive in Malaysia next year.
  • Toyota Corolla Cross Hybrid could debut later this month.

As news about tax-free EVs in Malaysia have made recent headlines, it’s easy to overlook a slew of hybrids that will make their way onto our shores. Specifically, hybrid SUVs that are coming – Toyota Corolla Cross Hybrid, 2022 Honda HR-V Hybrid, 2022 Haval H6 Hybrid, and 2022 Haval Jolion Hybrid.

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Toyota Corolla Cross Hybrid - The pioneer in hybrid technology

Let’s start with the Toyota Corolla Cross Hybrid. Its arrival is imminent as UMW Toyota is currently finalizing preparation work for the launch of the Toyota Corolla Cross Hybrid in Malaysia.

Also read: UMWT gears up to launch Toyota Corolla Cross Hybrid in Malaysia, debut later this month?

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The Toyota Corolla Cross Hybrid has an estimated price starting from RM 137,000 (OTR without insurance and SST). 

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Thai-spec Corolla Cross hybrid variant pictured - note the blue surrounds on the badge.

Its powertrain is expected to mirror the Thai-spec Corolla Cross Hybrid, with a 72 PS/163 Nm electric motor paired to a 98 PS/142 Nm 1.8-litre Atkinson cycle engine that outputs a combined power of 122 PS, paired to an e-CVT.

Also read: More features for less - Toyota Corolla Cross CKD, hybrid specs confirmed

2022 Honda HR-V Hybrid - Expect superb interior packaging

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Next up the 2022 Honda HR-V Hybrid. The all-new 2022 Honda HR-V (also called Vezel) made its global debut in Japan back in February this year, before going on sale in April.

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The 2022 Honda HR-V was launched in Thailand earlier in November and is available only with Honda’s e:HEV's i-MMD full hybrid system. It combines two electric motors with a 1.5-litre Atkinson cycle i-VTEC petrol engine that produces a total output of 131 PS/253 Nm. Power is sent to the front wheels via an E-CVT automatic.

Also read: All-new 2022 Honda HR-V launched in Thailand, hybrid only, from RM 123k

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Meanwhile, Japanese market models add a naturally-aspirated 1.5-litre (L15Z) petrol engine option. This variant does 118 PS and 142 Nm, mated to a CVT-type automatic.

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As for Malaysia it remains to be seen which powertrain we’ll be getting. Judging by Honda’s history, we think that the hybrid powertrain is likely.

Also read: Originally planned to launch in Malaysia on Q1 2022, all-new Honda HR-V gets pushed back

2022 Haval H6 Hybrid - To steal the X70's limelight

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Moving on to the Haval (a division of Great Wall Motors, GWM) SUVs – the 2022 Haval H6 Hybrid as well as the 2022 Haval Jolion Hybrid.

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The Haval H6 is a C-segment SUV that was launched in China back in July 2020. Ever since the third-generation model went on sale in China, it toppled the Geely Boyue (Proton X70’s twin) to become the country’s best-selling C-segment SUV.

Also read: Coming to challenge the X70 and CR-V in Malaysia, here’s all you need to know about the Haval H6

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GWM has made Thailand their regional hub and over there, the Haval H6 is offered with a petrol-electric hybrid powertrain – a 1.5-litre turbocharged 4-cylinder engine paired to an electric motor that pushes out a combined output of 243 PS/530 Nm.

Also read: 2021 Haval H6: Launching in Malaysia as an X70 rival, here's a brief review from Thailand

There is also a plug-in hybrid (PHEV) version of the Haval H6 that recently made its debut at the 2021 Thai Motor Expo. The 2022 Haval H6 PHEV gets a similar turbocharged 1.5-litre petrol engine as the hybrid variant, but with even more power; combined system output is 330 PS/530 Nm.

Also read: For Haval, Thailand is more important than China, hosts debut of Haval H6 PHEV

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2022 Haval Jolion Hybrid - Another new kid on the block

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As for the 2022 Haval Jolion Hybrid, it’s slightly smaller than the H6 and goes against the likes of the Toyota Corolla Cross, Honda HR-V, Proton X50, etc. Both the Jolion and H6 are built on GWM’s LEMON platform, and the Jolion is only 181 mm shorter in length than the H6.

Also read: Malaysia-bound Haval Jolion launched in Thailand – Hybrid only, priced from RM 111k

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While other markets like South Africa and Australia only offer a 1.5-litre turbocharged petrol engine (152 PS/220 Nm) for the Jolion, Thailand gets a hybrid powertrain that makes 193 PS/375 Nm.

Also read: Haval Jolion debuts in Thailand, CKD at Rayong, export to Malaysia on the cards

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As it stands, the Haval H6 and Haval Jolion a good chance of being introduced in Malaysia, considering GWM's PR team in Thailand has confirmed that the models manufactured at its Rayong plant will eventually be exported within the ASEAN region, Malaysia included.

There are, however, still uncertainties surrounding GWM's distributor in Malaysia. Go Auto has disbanded its public relations team and has been quiet since. It remains to be seen if they will continue to represent the brand here.

Also read: China now ranks behind Korea as Australia 4th biggest source of cars, MG biting Nissan

Shaun

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The quest for automotive knowledge began as soon as the earliest memories. Various sources information, even questionable ones, have been explored including video games, television, magazines, or even internet forums. Still stuck in that rabbit hole.

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