Have you been looking for the perfect automobile to pair with the fake Rolex you purchased from a street vendor on a recent trip abroad? Well China’s new Landwind E32 fits the ticket by remarkably replicating the Range Rover Evoque. In true knockoff fashion, the Landwind is considerably less expensive than the authentic Evoque it strives so hard to replicate.
Landwind is a Chinese automaker that is jointly owned by Jiangling Motors and Changan Auto - coincidentally both companies are partnered with Ford through Jiangling-Ford and Changan-Ford. Land Rover fans will note an interesting coincidence in this relationship, as Land Rover was owned by Ford Motors before being sold to TATA Motors in 2008. The Landwind E32 pictured here is a spitting image of the Range Rover Evoque design in just about every way imaginable. The E32 will be powered by 2.0 liter turbocharged gasoline engine producing 190 horsepower; models will be available in both six-speed manual or 8-speed automatic transmissions.
Without proper testing we are unable to determine how the Landwind will compare to the Evoque in terms of performance, and the components of the Landwind body and chassis are to date, unknown. Of course, the impetus for this copycat vehicle is to offer Chinese markets a less-expensive alternative to the Evoque. The glaring difference between the two vehicles is in price. Range Rover Evoque prices in China start at around $80,000 where the Landwind E32 can be purchased for a cool $19,000.
It’s hard to imagine the Landwind can stack up to the Evoque in engineering, quality and off-road prowess, but for some those features may all become secondary, especially when facing a $60,000 price difference.
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