Spy Shots: Zotye T500 gets a new grille, still looks like a Volkswagen

Spy Shots: Zotye T500 gets a new grille, still looks like a Volkswagen

New Spy Shots of the upcoming Zotye T500 SUV from China, showing an entirely new grille. No matter that, it still looks a big tad too much like a Volkswagen Tiguan. The Zotye T500 is a new compact SUV, it will debut on the Shanghai Auto Show next month and launch on the Chinese car market soon thereafter.


The T500 as seen on earlier spy shots, with a Range Rover style grille and without a proper logo.


The Volkswagen Tiguan. Proportions and overall design were copy-pasted onto the Zotye T500.

The Tiguan is manufactured in China by the Shanghai-Volkswagen joint venture. Price starts at 199.800 yuan and ends at 315.800 yuan. Engines: 1.4 TSI, 1.8 TSI, and 2.0 TSI.


Note position of the roof rails, design of the D-pillar, design of the third side window, design of the rear fender including the line running from the rear light to the wheel arch, design of the rear lights, design of the rear window wing, design of the rear window, design of the rear door, and design of the rear bumper. It is almost 1:1. Compare:



Zotye was resonably original inside, with a self-designed dashboard that doesn’t look that bad. Center tunnel and gear lever could even be called kinda cool. Seats however look very VW.

The Zotye T500 will be powered by by 1.5 and 1.5 turbo four-cylinder petrol engines with 120 and 150 horses respectively, mated to a five-speed manual or a CVT. Price will start around 60.000 and end around 75.000 yuan. The T500 will be positioned under the Zotye T600 SUV, a vehicle that looks very much like an Audi Q5.

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The design of the third side window, side crease, rear lights, wing, rear window and trunk door is completely different. Don’t bump it up.