The Haval Cool Dog is more copycat than canine.
China's motor industry has come a long way in the past couple of years. From questionable quality, to cutting edge technology, Chinese automakers are showing the world that you don't need decades of experience to build nice cars, but there's still something lacking: originality. The Chinese auto industry is notorious for its shameless copying of other manufacturer's designs, and continues to rip off popular Western models with impunity. Last year we covered the GWM Haval X Dog, an SUV that closely resembles the Ford Bronco Sport. The same company is now preparing to launch this model under a new name, and is eyeing Australia as a possible market. Let the copycat game continue.
The X Dog will now be known as the GWM Haval Cool Dog. This small SUV which also bears a resemblance to the Suzuki Jimny and Jeep Renegade, was first revealed in concept form at the 2021 Shanghai Motor Show. The Cool Dog sits below the Big Dog, a beefed up version of the Haval Jolion, and measures 178 inches in length, 74 inches in width, and stands 69 inches tall with a wheelbase of 107 inches. That makes this compact SUV 5.1 inches longer than the Bronco Sport. Under the hood, the Cool Dog packs a 1.5-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine producing 181 horsepower and 202 lb-ft of torque. Power is sent to the front, or all four tires via a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission.
The exterior features round Renegade-like LED headlights and vertical and rectangular grille stakes, and square wheel arches that adds some rugged appeal. The car is covered in fake bash plates painted in black or silver. The rear features a faux mounted spare wheel cover, and some more LED lighting.
Inside, this Chinese SUV sports a 12.3-inch touchscreen infotainment system with an 18-speaker JVS sound system, a digital instrument cluster, two-tone black and yellow leather seats, and ambient interior lighting.
This vehicle is an amalgamation of many American and Japanese designs and shows that Chinese automakers don't really give a crap when it comes to stealing designs. GWM Haval plans on selling the Cool Dog for between $17,927 and $22,409. The GWM Haval Cool Dog is not officially coming to the Australian market, but the company has trademarked the GWM Haval Dargo and Ora Good Cat with IP Australia.