Everyone’s aware of China’s cloning capabilities. Be it cars or potatoes, the Chinese are the masters of emulating. Potatoes are fine, but when it comes to cars, the act of cloning becomes blatant plagiarism. The latest act of automotive copyright infringement from the mystical land is the Landwind X7, an unabashed, locally made Range Rover Evoque clone.
Mired in controversy ever since it was previewed, the Landwind X7 has finally been launched, with prices ranging from 129.800 yuan to 147.800 yuan (approximately INR 13.34 lakh – 15.18 lakh). In comparison, the China-made Range Rover Evoque retails for 398.000 yuan (approximately INR 40 lakh), rendering the Landwind almost three times cheaper.
The X7 is available with only one engine; a Mitsubishi sourced 2.0-liter, turbocharged petrol unit with 190 hp and 250 Nm of torque, mated to an eight-speed automatic, and driving the front wheels. Fuel efficiency is rated at 9.61 km/l. The Landwind measures 4420 mm long, 1910 mm wide and 1630 mm high, with a wheelbase of 2670 mm. A kerb weight of 1775 Kg actually makes it weigh 75 Kg lesser than the Evoque.
What’s more, lest your Landwind look Chinese, dealers will even offer you a land Rover kit, which includes fake Land Rover grille and Evoque badges, which are a bolt on fitment.