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An Evoque from China at half the price

A blatant Range Rover copy

17/06/2014 08:26 |  Comments: 

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Rudi started as an intern, but thanks to his dedication, gentle demeanor, passion for cars, and the fact that he had a VW T3 Transporter, which came in handy when we had to carry stuff for our various events, he is now a full-time member of the team. When he is not studying engineering management, he is fiddling around with air-cooled VW's.

From the outside, it’s almost an exact copy, but even its interior is highly suspicious.

If you can't recall the Range Rover in all its details, you might think this is it. The only giveaway is the logo. The Landwind E32 is the most blatant Chinese copy we've seen in a long, long time. The silhouette is the same, the tyres aren't any smaller, and the grille is an exact match to that of the original. A perfect job. Even its shade of colour seems to match the white of the Range Rover.

Of course, we can't judge the quality, generally the weak spot of copies, just by looking at the photos, but we do know that quality is the Evoque's biggest asset. The technology of the E32, seems to be surprisingly modern, though. Only one petrol version will be available with an up-to-date four-cylinder, 2-litre, 190 PS and 250 Nm engine. The model will be available with a six speed manual gearbox and an eight speed automatic gearbox.

The E32 definitely has one big advantage: the price. It will cost CNY 120,000, less than €14,240, while the Evoque starts at €35,000. There's little chance of us ever spotting the original and the copycat side by side, though, as such an obvious replica would get crushed by the authorities immediately.

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