The infamous Landwind X7 SUV will be launched on the Chinese car market in June, two months later than the company announced earlier. The extremely controversial Landwind X7 debuted on the Guangzhou Auto Show in November last year, looking far too much like a Range Rover Evoque.
Range Rover has threatened with law suits and all such more ugly, but Landwind is moving forward no matter what.
The real Evoque is manufactured in China as well, by the Chery-JLR joint venture. It was launched on the Chinese market in February, priced from 448.000 yuan to 582.800 yuan ($71.600 – 93.017). The Landwind X7 will be much cheaper, with a price expected to start around 150.000 yuan or 24.000 USD.
Dash partly Evoque clone and partly nicer. Screen is much bigger than in the Evoque, and the seats are much more luxurious. Wood is fake but looks nice nevertheless. Start button next to central air vents, just like in the Evoque.
Landwind is a Chinese car maker jointly owned by Jiangling Motors and Changan Auto, coincidentally (0r not?) both joint venture partners of Ford, with Jiangling-Ford and Changan-Ford respectively. Ford owned Land Rover-Range Rover until 2008 when they sold it on to the TATA conglomerate of India.
Mirrors housing a lane-departure warning system.
No under-the-bonnet design for Landwind.
The X7 is powered by a Mitsubishi-sourced 2.0 liter turbocharged four-cylinder petrol engine with 190hp and 250nm, mated to a six-speed manual or an eight-speed automatic. The X7 is based on a shortened variant of the platform that also underpins the Landwind X8.
Fake Range Rover badges will become available soon. Just ask BMW…
Knowing the bad name Range Rover in terms of quality, number of possible failures in the first 100k kilometers of Landwind x7 may be lower (who knows?). What if it will be more reliable, than Rover? And given powerful enough motor for (250 nm oh WOW!) Decision to buy x7 can be far preferable to the used Evoque, for example…
Such nice “homage” car
Rovers are never known for their reliability or longevity. The issues with their engines are well-known and simply ridiculous. If this manages to beat the (in)famous Range Rover in terms of quality, safety, reliability and performance, it’ll earn a reputation, not just in China but globally as well. But it faces serious competition, not just from foreign players but also local makes (Think: Haval H6, Changan CS75, Hawtai ShengDaFeng, Chery Tiggo 5 and Zotye)
“If this manages to beat the (in)famous Range Rover in terms of quality, safety, reliability and performance,…”
Remember we are talking about the manufacturer which distinguished itself with German ADAC test results that were the worst the crash test group had ever experienced.
Although it is some years ago now, Guido Reinking, editor of Automobilwoche, when viewing Landwind’s Fashion compact said it was qualitatively the worst car by a long shot that I have ever encountered at an auto show.
That said, perhaps Ford has set a good example and things have improved in Landwind’s processes.
Let’s not forget Landwind X6 DID pass TUV (Somehow) and that Chinese automobiles did improved from the rusted-out tin cans of yesteryear. Honestly, we wouldn’t know unless the X7 undergoes the new and more stringent E-NCAP and autohome.cn actually releases a test drive, showcasing its off-road and on-road capabilities, trimmings and ride quality.
The Land Vind will fail in comparison to the real ting on everything except the price.
And let’s no forget the image problem, hey look at me in my Land Vind! Pretty embarrassing.
But if it’s dirt cheap it will sell, I would buy one if it was next to no money.
This car does not even try to hide the “inspiration”.
How can the engineers and “designers” of this car have ANY self respect?
If nothing else it shows the pathetic ethical standards of Chinese business people. Worst example I have ever seen of copying.
The chinese just cannot design. All they can do is copy. The blame it on communist oppression but i highly doubt thats the problem. Other communist countries had great car designs which never made it because of communism. Seems the chinese can make whatever they want, they just aren’t talented enough. When they do make their own designs, they are nasty monstrocities.