Haval adds sporty Jolion S to local line-up
Haval South Africa has just launched the sportier Jolion S as the new top-of-the-range in the Jolion SUV model range.
Haval says the Jolion has been a runaway success since its launch in 20021. It says the Jolion consistently topped the sales charts in the competitive compact SUV segment and significantly contributed to Haval’s incremental growth of the overall market share in South Africa.
The range consists of five models, all using the same engine but with a choice of two gearboxes. The sportier Jolion S featuring a new generation 1,5-litre engine now tops the range.
Haval says not only does the Jolion S feature the same impressive level of standard specification, premium interior, connectivity, and safety features as found in the Jolion Super Luxury, it also has several features unique to this model.
The Jolion S has a new generation 1,5-litre engine with an upgraded turbocharger. The Performance Pack engine offers increases of 25kW and 60Nm, delivering 130kW between 5 500 and 6 000rpm and 270Nm of torque between 1 500 and 4 000rpm.
A smooth-shifting seven speed DCT (dual-clutch transmission) gearbox drives the front wheels. Haval says it has been specifically programmed to keep the engine in the sweet spot in terms of performance. A unique feature for this segment is the addition of launch control, allowing drivers to extract maximum performance from the drivetrain when accelerating from a standstill position.
It has four driving modes – Standard, Eco, Sports and Snow – as well as three dynamic adjustable steering modes, namely Sport, Comfort and Light.
Styling enhancements include a new front grille with a chrome honeycomb pattern. It also has several unique blacked-out styling elements such as the front and rear bumper garnish, side-mirror caps, door beadings and roof rails. The 18-inch sporty alloy wheels have been treated to a gloss black finish and are fitted with 225/55/18 tyres.
Interior specification is comprehensive and includes paddle shifters behind the eco-leather steering wheel, a seven-inch colour instrument cluster, wireless charging for cellphones, a 12V power outlet and a dashcam power outlet. Infotainment is catered for by a 12,3-inch multimedia touch display that incorporates Bluetooth and a six-speaker sound system. The front seats are now heated.
The Jolion S is fitted with a comprehensive array of the latest safety equipment. This includes dual and front side airbags as well as curtain airbags. Active safety equipment includes ABS with electronic brake-force distribution and brake assist, an electronic stability system (ESC) and traction control, an anti-roll system and secondary collision mitigation, as well as hill assist.
Other safety features include lane-departure alert, lane-keeping assist, lane centre keeping, blind-spot detection, lane-change assist, driving-fatigue detection and, unique to this model, pre-collision warning and automatic emergency braking.
Convenience features include a tyre-pressure monitoring, rear park-distance sensors, a 360-degree panoramic camera, adaptive cruise control, traffic-jam assist, intelligent turning assist, and traffic-sign recognition. Safety and security equipment includes keyless entry, push-button start, and an anti-theft alarm system.
Much of the underpinnings match those of existing Jolion models, but the Jolion S has an independent multi-link system at the rear, which ensures extensively enhanced ride and handling performance during both regular and sporty driving.
Technically speaking – Haval Jolion S
Engine: 1 497cc, 4-cylinder, turbocharged
Power: 130kW @ 5 500 – 6 000rpm / 270Nm @ 1 500 – 4 000rpm
Transmission: 7-speed dual-clutch
Fuel capacity: 55 litre
Jolion S 7DCT – R479 950
Jolion City 6MT – R342 950
Jolion Luxury 6MT – R377 950
Jolion Premium 7DCT – R384 950
Jolion Luxury 7DCT – R414 950
Jolion Super Luxury 7DCT – R446 950
The Jolion S carries the standard five-year / 60 000km service plan and a five-year / 100 000km warranty. Service intervals are every 12 months or 15 000km.