Delayed by the nationwide pandemic, the Great Wall Motors could soon get back on track and kick-start its India operations. The Chinese carmaker’s India website has gone live with a spotlight on Haval F7
The Chinese car manufacturer, Great Wall Motors (GWM) made its first India appearance at the 2020 Auto Expo with plans to soon set up operations in the nation. The company had also acquired GM's 300-acre plant in Talegaon, Maharashtra, and had plans to invest $1 billion over the next few years in the manufacturing process.
This time around, GWM’s India website has gone live with its sub-brand Haval, in the limelight focusing on the F7 SUV. The Haval F7 could be the first product to debut in the Indian market from the GWM group. The manufacturing, sales, and service operations are expected to commence sometime by 2021 – mostly the festive season – around the same time confirmed by Hardeep Singh Brar, Director, Marketing and Sales, GWM India, in an Interview with autoX. You can read the interview by clicking here.
Speaking of the Haval F7, the SUV is likely to be positioned between the MG Hector, Tata Safari segment, and the Jeep Compass, Citroen C5 Aircross market space. The F7 will be a five-seater SUV most likely sold exclusively with a petrol drivetrain. Internationally, there are two engine options, 1.5-litre, and a 2.0-litre unit. The former puts out 148Bhp while the latter is rated for 188bhp. Both the engines are mated to a seven-speed automatic transmission. There is no clarity yet, about which engine is to be expected but these details could be out soon on the company’s official website.