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Haval details dual-clutch transmission for H6

New metal: The Haval H6 will be offered with the Getrag Powershift 6DCT451 dual-clutch transmission when it arrives in Australia in September.

Forthcoming H6 mid-size SUV first Haval to feature dual-clutch transmission

Haval logo1 Jul 2016

By ROBBIE WALLIS

HAVAL Motors Australia (HMA) has announced that its upcoming H6 mid-size SUV will be the first model in its local range that will be sold with a dual-clutch transmission, as opposed to a six-speed ZF automatic transmission.

The Getrag Powershift 6DCT451 dual-clutch transmission will be paired to Haval’s 2.0-litre turbo-petrol engine that generates 145kW/315Nm, which Haval says will allow for a more enjoyable driving experience.

The dual-clutch setup means that gear shifting is faster than a torque-converter auto, and power transfer from the engine remains uninterrupted.

HMA chief marketing officer Tim Smith said that the new transmission will make driving more fun for H6 owners.

“The Getrag Powershift 6DCT451 transmission will deliver outstanding performance via its ability to change gears in mere hundredths of seconds,” he said.

“The shortened reaction times when shifting (compared to conventional converter multi-step automatic transmissions) allow for more fun while driving and provide a responsive driving experience.

“Compared to traditional torque converters, the Getrag DCT in the H6 has the advantage of optimised start-up and shifting procedures.

“As well, it combines the high efficiency of a manual transmission with sophisticated electronics to achieve a clear reduction in fuel consumption and emissions compared to traditional automatic transmissions.”

A control unit monitors throttle position, engine and road speed to determine the optimal shift point. Alternatively, the driver can choose the shifting point via a manual mode.

When the H6 arrives in September, it will be offered with either the dual-clutch or a six-speed manual gearbox.

The H6 is Haval’s biggest-selling model worldwide, and in its home country of China, it was the top-selling model for the month of May.

The Chinese brand will be hoping some of its sales strength rubs off when it arrives Down Under, as Australian registrations have been weak since the brand launched here in October last year.

Its three-model SUV line-up (H2, H8, H9) managed just 60 combined sales to the end of May, prompting the company to slash prices across its range by up to $6000.

A restricted dealer network, no diesel variants, a lack of advertising and optimistic pricing are reasons that can all be attributed to the slow take-up of Haval models, but as the brand becomes more established and recognisable in Australia it will no doubt be hoping that a change of fortunes is just over the horizon.

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