2023 GWM Haval Jolion S: Sporty new variant on sale from $36,990 drive-away

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The GWM Haval Jolion gains in performance.

Following the introduction of the efficiency-focused hybrid Jolion earlier this year, the Chinese brand is introducing the 2023 GWM Haval Jolion S, a sportier, more powerful variant with a more sophisticated independent rear suspension system priced at $36,990 drive-away. .

Closing the gap between the Jolion Ultra ($33,990 D/A) and the Jolion Ultra Hybrid ($41,990 D/A), the Jolion S gets a 130 kW / 270 Nm version of the 1.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder petrol engine. 5 liter from the base car – increases of 20kW and 50Nm – and replaces the torsion beam rear suspension of other Jolion models with a multi-link rear setup that claims to offer “improved ride and handling performance worthy of the nameplate S”.

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Propulsion continues to be sent to the front wheels via a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission. Curiously, GWM Haval claims the Jolion S uses 0.6 L/100 km less than other non-hybrid variants, citing 7.5 L/100 km combined.

Externally, the Jolion S features black alloy wheels, black exterior mirrors, black roof rails, black side trim as well as blacked out front and rear bumpers. Otherwise, the Jolion S carries over to the specs of the Jolion Ultra – read our price and spec breakdown here.

GWM Haval says it has applied learnings from consumer feedback to the cabin as well, adding “hard buttons” for the climate controls “making it easier to adjust the cabin temperature on the go.”

It’s unclear if and when these interior changes will be applied to the rest of the Jolion lineup. CarExpert awaits further comments from the local division of GWM Haval.

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Six exterior colors are available on Jolion S:

  • Hamilton White
  • golden black
  • Red Mars (pictured)
  • Azure blue
  • Smoked Gray
  • Tropical Green (NEW)

Tropical Green is exclusive to the new Jolion S.

Like the wider GWM Haval range, the Jolion S is backed by a seven-year, unlimited-mileage warranty.

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Owners also get five years of additional roadside assistance, as well as five years of capped maintenance.

As of the end of October, the GWM Haval Jolion returned 6,158 registrations in Australia, an improvement of 116.6% over the same period in 2021 and representing a 6.6% share of the mainstream small SUV segment.

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