This is the Zotye Damai X5 for the Chinese auto market

Published on April 27, 2015 by W.E. Ning

This is the Zotye Damai X5 for the Chinese auto market

This is the Zotye Damai X5, it debuted last week on the Shanghai Auto Show and it will be launched on the Chinese auto market next month. The Zotye Damai X5, formerly known as the Zotye T500, is a new mid-sized SUV. Zotye has been busy with the design, earlier on it had a Range Rover grille, and later on we saw a grille with the Zotye Z.


Design is a curious mix of the Volkswagen Tiguan and the Audi Q5, especially visible from the side.


The interior looks all right, albeit a bit dark, and the design of the various vents doesn’t really match with the rest of the dashboard. Red stitching for a bit of sporty.


Zotye logo is red today, but it was black in Shanghai.


Enough space for three on the bench, more red stitching all around.


Exhaust pipes subtly hidden far under the bumper. Wheels of of the right size and alloys are sporty.

The Zotye Damai X5 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 70.000 and end around 100.000 yuan. The T500 will be positioned under the Zotye T600 SUV, a vehicle that looks very much like an Audi Q5.


A rather modest grille and a bumper-wide skid pad; this is the new Zotye Damai X5 from China.


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  1. Bruno- April 27, 2015 Reply

    Price reference sounds unrealistically low.
    Other sources mention 8 to 12 wan quai.

    1. Tycho de Feijter- April 27, 2015 Reply

      Checked & Changed; the latest estimates are a little higher indeed.

  2. Deskman- May 2, 2015 Reply

    This design’s a whole lot more nuanced than anything Volkswagen have in their entire range. In fact, it would seem that Zotye found a style that suits them. (But they really should change the cheap ‘red’ in their badge to something better, especially if it wants to avoid countless comparisons with Haval)

  3. Nick- May 7, 2015 Reply

    This one looks very promising. The T600 looked a bit lala and the interior was bland and cheap. If the end Damai can do better, and the price doesn’t go too high (lots of competition in the 9+ wan range) it could be Zotye taking a step up.

  4. Trev- July 23, 2015 Reply

    Honestly, this looks like a Haval knockoff.

    Haval has really good designers though.

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