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Haval’s Jolion gets jollier

If you’re in the market for a modern, high-value small SUV, then the recently introduced Haval Jolion Pro is definitely worth considering. Apart from being thoroughly modern and brimming with tech, it is higher and wider than the regular Jolion and offers space aplenty.

Looking the part

The most noticeable feature of the Jolion Pro is its hexagonal grille with fourteen chrome tipped vertical bar and discreet HAVAL badge which sit between a pair of smart multi-angle height-adjustable follow-me-home daytime running headlamps.

This is accentuated by a finely detailed lower grille and a vent on each side, all nestling under the clamshell bonnet.

Viewed from the side, the Jolion Pro sports crisp crease lines and a slick coupé-like glasshouse. Sporty alloy wheels are framed by subtle black-lined wheelarches united by a dark skirt.

Rounding off the look is the smart and contemporary rear, dominated by LED taillights linked by a bar across the width of the vehicle. A cheeky black spoiler mounts off the end of the roof rails atop the tailgate. A pair of marker lamps sit in the side jowls, and it’s all finished off by a trendy venturi-look bib below, incorporating a low-level lamp and styling tips on each side.

An equally attractive interior

The black cabin certainly looks just as contemporary as the rest of the car with a quality padded dash providing a smart lateral element. The focus is however on the horizontal plane, with the infotainment touchscreen floating above a row of one-touch buttons and a teutonic look central climate control vent below that. 

The Premium model has a neat and functional four-way adjustable multifunction paddle shift steering wheel framing a 3.5-inch instrument cluster. The steering wheel gains leatherette treatment on Luxury models, which also step up to a 7-inch LCD instrument cluster. Ultra Luxury variants go another step further with a driver’s head-up display projected onto the inside of the windscreen.

The Premium has cloth fabric seats with six-way adjustment for the driver and four-ways for the front passenger. Luxury models gain leatherette upholstery, six-way power adjustment for the driver, and four-way power adjustment for the front passenger. The Ultra Luxury trio add heated front seats and driver’s seat ventilation. 

The multifunction steering wheel plays a significant part in running the Jolion Pro’s car-to-human infotainment interface. Premium models come with a 10.25-inch Apple CarPlay and Android Auto interfacing, Bluetooth hands-free and touchscreen system. The interface has dual USB ports front and rear, a 12V power socket up front, and 4-speaker FM/AM radio audio. Luxury models step up to a 12.3-inch touchscreen and 6-speaker audio, while Ultra Luxury models take it a step further with wireless phone charging. 

Safety is a priority

The Jolion Pro comes standard with dual front, and front side airbags, while Luxury models add side curtain airbags. It also boasts cruise control featuring driver fatigue detection, but that’s just the tip of its safety iceberg.

Also part of the package are Secondary Collision Mitigation, ABS anti-skid brakes with brake assist, EBD, Hill Descent Control, Roll Over Mitigation, as well as Vehicle Stability and Traction Control.

In addition, Luxury models have Intelligent Cruise Assist+, Intelligent Cornering and Traffic Jam Assistance, Speed Traffic Signal Recognition+, Forward Collision Warning and Automatic Emergency Braking. Ultra Luxury models gain Lane Change Assist too.

Three great engines

Looking under the bonnet, there are three engines in the Jolion Pro line-up. Premium, Super Luxury and Ultra Luxury models have a 105kW and 210Nm turbocharged 1 500cc petrol engine, driving the front wheels via an advanced seven-speed double clutch transmission, which boasts consumption figures of 8.1 litres/100km. The more powerful 1.5T S Ultra Luxury has a 130kW/270Nm engine, a seven-speed DCT, and fuel consumption of 7.5 litres/100km.

The flagship Jolion Pro 1.5 HEV Ultra Luxury DHT has a hybridised drivetrain, delivering 140kW and 375Nm of peak torque. This so-called Dedicated Hybrid Transmission merges a petrol internal combustion engine and an onboard battery-fed electric motor to seamlessly switch between EV, Series Hybrid, Parallel Hybrid and Regeneration modes. Able to drive on electric power only during normal, easy driving, the petrol engine activates as required to accelerate or overtake. Boasting an impressive combined claimed 5.1 litres/100km fuel consumption, the hybrid also features performance launch control.

More in the mix

The Jolion Pro arrives in line with a realigned Jolion range, which also includes two Jolion City models – a six-speed manual and a seven-speed DCT automatic Plus – that are based on the current legacy Jolion but feature new front and rear design changes. 

To pay tribute to the Jolion legacy range, 120 Limited Edition Jolion Luxury models will also be made available. These offer leatherette seats, a panoramic sunroof, 18-inch rims and a commemorative badge. 

Model line-up and pricing

  • Jolion 1.5T City: R345 950 
  • Jolion 1.5T City Plus 7DCT: R370 950
  • Jolion Luxury 7DCT (Limited Edition): R420 950
  • Jolion Pro 1.5T Premium 7DCT: R391 150
  • Jolion Pro 1.5T Super Luxury 7DCT: R425 950           
  • Jolion Pro 1.5T Ultra Luxury 7DCT: R462 950           
  • Jolion Pro 1.5T S Ultra Luxury 7DCT: R495 950           
  • Jolion Pro 1.5 HEV Ultra Luxury DHT: R516 950

* All Jolion City models come with a 5-year/100 000km warranty, a 5-year/75 000km service plan, and 5-year/unlimited mileage roadside assistance. The Jolion Pro has a 7-year/200 000km warranty, a 5-year/75 000km service plan and 7-year/unlimited mileage roadside assistance. The warranty on high-voltage parts is 8-years/150 000km.

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