Chinese Great Wall Motors have officially filed a trademark for the name “Haval” in India. GWN had planned on entering India back in 2020, but things didn’t work out due to the pandemic. Let’s break down this news a bit and try to understand more about the Great Wall Motors Haval Dargo SUV.
What’s the reason behind the delay?
GMW had originally planned an elaborate set-up in Maharashtra, where they would locally manufacture their products in order to keep costs aligned with the Indian consumers’ interests. However, this was put on hold by the Maharashtra Govt. primarily due to the cross-border tension between the two countries. This put a hold on all the future investments and projects GWM had planned for India.
What is the current status?
As of June 2021, GWM has revised their strategy for India. They will be entering the market with either completely-knocked-down (CKD) or a completely-built unit (CBU). This means that they might not be able to maintain the costs which they had earlier planned.
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More about the Great Wall Motors Haval Dargo
So the Great Wall Motors Haval Dargo is a rugged, full-size SUV whose inspiration is the legendary Ford Bronco. It gets a boxy design, a muscular grille up-front with circular LED headlamps. The massive, off-road friendly wheels are housed by a black cladding around them, and this cladding runs throughout the exterior. The Haval Dargo comes with 2 petrol engines- a 1.5L and a 2L, both turbocharged. The former makes around 168HP, and the latter churns out 211HP. Both these engines are mated to a 7-Speed DCT. It’s conventionally a front-wheel-driven car, but the option of an AWD is available.