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Haval borrows from the best to create HB-03 Concept

The Haval HB-03 concept on show at Auto Shanghai
The Haval HB-03 concept on show at Auto Shanghai
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The Haval HB-03 concept is a bit derivative in its styling
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The Haval HB-03 concept is a bit derivative in its styling
The Haval HB-03 concept on show at Auto Shanghai
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The Haval HB-03 concept on show at Auto Shanghai
Behind the wheel of the Haval HB-03 
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Behind the wheel of the Haval HB-03 
The nose of the HB-03 is suspiciously similar to a cross between Lexus and Tesla looks
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The nose of the HB-03 is suspiciously similar to a cross between Lexus and Tesla looks
The sloping roofline of the HB-03 has been borrowed from the BMW X6
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The sloping roofline of the HB-03 has been borrowed from the BMW X6
The hybrid powertrain from the HB-03 offers a useful battery-only range
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The hybrid powertrain from the HB-03 offers a useful battery-only range
The hybrid powertrain in the HB-03 debuted last year in Beijing 
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The hybrid powertrain in the HB-03 debuted last year in Beijing 

If you need proof Chinese cars are fast catching up to the rest of the world, just look at some of the vehicles coming out of Auto Shanghai. After the Tiggo Concept from Chery, the styling team at Haval has shown what it can do with the HB-03. It might be a concept for now, but the SUV closely previews what the future of Haval will look like.

The HB-03 is undoubtedly pretty, although it's not a particularly original piece of design. Up front, the headlamps have more than just a hint of Tesla Model X about them, the grille bears a striking resemblance to Lexus' signature snout, and down back, the sloping roofline and brake lights have a touch of BMW X6. Mix in a dash of Porsche Macan on the flanks, and you've essentially got the HB-03.

So the styling is a bit derivative, but the technology under the skin is 100 percent Haval. Power comes from the intelligent hybrid system debuted in Beijing last year, with 200 kW (268 hp) of power and 450 Nm (332 lb-ft) of torque.

Like most plug-in powertrains, the HB-03 can be run in a few different drive modes, starting with the default hybrid mode designed for everyday driving that alternates automatically between the 1.5-liter turbocharged engine and electric motor. Power mode takes full advantage of both electric and gasoline power for a nine-second sprint to 100km/h (62 mph).

The hybrid powertrain in the HB-03 debuted last year in Beijing 
The hybrid powertrain in the HB-03 debuted last year in Beijing 

Perhaps most impressive is the HB-03's pure electric mode, which relies on the 13-kWh rear-mounted battery for 65 km (40 mi) of silent range. The battery can be topped up in around four hours using a standard home wall socket, and a regenerative braking system feeds some power back on the move as well.

Behind the wheel, the HB-03 Concept is a much brighter, sportier take on the design language debuted in past concepts. Orange leather is the dominant material, but carbon fiber has been applied liberally as well. Aside from the garish color scheme, and perhaps the bezel-free central touchscreen, it all looks largely production ready.

The Haval HB-03 is on show at Auto Shanghai. It's only a concept for now, but expect a production four-wheel drive looking a lot like it to surface at some point soon.

Source: Haval

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