Great Wall Motors has filed trademarks for the “Dargo” moniker at the Indian intellectual property office. The “Dargo” SUV is likely to retail under the Haval brand from the Chinese manufacturer which is particularly famous for SUVs. This also indicates that the brand could be planning to make its debut in the Indian market soon. In 2020, the Chinese car manufacturer showcased its products at the Auto Expo 2020 in Delhi. The company also signed a memorandum of understanding with the Government of Maharashtra. This involved the investment of USD 1 Million and the acquisition of the General Motors now-defunct plant near Pune.
However, due to Cross-Border tensions between India and China, the negotiations broke down and the company did not land its products on Indian soil. But now, the Great Wall Motors (GWM) could be taking a new approach to entering the Indian market. The brand is likely to use the top-down approach importing its products via the Completely Built-Up (CBU) and Completely Knocked Down (CKD) routes.
Haval Dargo – Highlights
The Haval Dargo is known as the Haval ‘Big Dog’ in the Chinese market. The Dargo appears to have been heavily inspired by the Ford Bronco SUV and comes with a utilitarian body style. The SUV features rounded headlights with LEDs and peripheral LED DRLs. The SUV features chunky wraparound wheel arches and chrome embellishments around the window frame. The SUV features a trapezoidal grille and an upright fascia. On the inside, the Dargo features a 10.25-inch digital instruments cluster along with a 12.5-inch touchscreen infotainment display. The brand also offers a multifunctional steering wheel and vertical air-conditioning vents.
The Haval Dargo is likely to come with a 1.5-litre turbo petrol engine and an optional 2.0-litre turbo-petrol engine. Both the engines are available in the international markets and the SUV comes with both Front-Wheel Drive and All-Wheel Drive options.