Haima tries to rescue sales by introducing a 7-seat MPV
Just yesterday, we reported about the new Haima 8S SUV. Today, news reached us that the Chinese automobile marque – which has fallen on hard times lately, even facing closure – is working on a new seven-seat compact van based on the previously introduced VF00 Concept. First vans will reach their owners before the end of the current year.
Rumor has it that the van will be advertised as the ‘next-gen Haima Family F7’. In turn, the F7 currently on the market is an updated version of the Haima V70. Go figure…
The VF00 Concept was 4,815 millimeters (15.8 ft.) long and had 2,860 mm (9.38 ft.) of inter-axle spacing. The current F7 is comparable with 4,770 mm (15.65 ft.) and 2,800 mm (9.19 ft.), respectively.
Based on the latest shots, the production car will get a Maserati-style front grille, the same headlight design as the concept, and a rear end that reminds us a bit about the Chrysler Pacifica and Opel Zafira.
Open the door, and chances are you will be greeted by the company’s signature digital dashboard visually tied together with the infotainment display. This remains to be seen, though.
What we know right now is that the MPV will ship with a brand-new turbocharged four-cylinder engine with undisclosed specs. The Haima Family F7 currently comes equipped with a 165-hp (123-kW) turbo engine linked to a six-speed transmission (you choose between manual and automatic).
Chief Editor Olga Markelova