At the start of June 2020, Haval revealed its new retro-styled SUV. And now the Chinese firm has finally confirmed its name: meet the “Big Dog”.
While Haval had earlier used the “B06” codename to describe the boxy SUV, it has now announced its final moniker. And, of course, the nameplate doesn’t adopt the “H” or “F” prefix used on the firm’s existing series of crossovers.
Interestingly, Haval left the naming of the vehicle up to the Chinese public, with “Dagou” (or “Big Dog”) eventually winning the vote. According to the firm’s website, other contenders included “Ranger”, “Battle Axe” and “Wolf”.
Technical details are still thin on the ground but earlier reports out of Haval’s domestic market claimed the new model would ride on the brand’s latest platform. From what we understand, it was penned by former Land Rover designer Phil Simmons.
The Big Dog features an interesting mix of retro and modern design cues. Up front, there are circular headlamps, a large grille and a skid plate, while a look at the profile reveals squared-off wheel arches, decent ground clearance and usefully short overhangs.
Round back, the newcomer features distinctive LED taillamps and a protruding bumper. A set of roof rails is also present.