Zotye has officially shown the new Zotye Damai X7 SUV to the masses. The Zotye Damai X7 is a clone of the Volkswagen CrossBlue Coupe concept, marking the first time a Chinese auto maker clones a concept car. Congrats to Zotye for that. How innovative. Really. What’s next? The W12 Syncro perhaps?
Zotye is a cloning expert in any way, with a great like for Volkswagen. They did the the SR7 (Audi Q3), Damai X5 (Tiguan), the Zotye T600 (Audi Q5), and will soon launch the SR8 Porsche Macan.
The Damai X7 is the second car in the Damai range, which might turn into a sub-brand in the near future. The other Damai is the X5 which was launched in September last year.
The English name for Damai is Damy. Zotye is using this name on the front and on the back, where they write Zotye Damy. We saw similar badges on the yet-to-be launched Damai A3 EV, but the Damai X5 has standard Zotye badgery.
There will be three turbocharged engines available: a 150hp/210nm 1.5 turbo, a 170hp/245nm 1.8 turbo, and a 190hp/250nm 2.0 turbo. Transmissions: 5-speed manual for the 1.5 turbo, five-speed manual 0r six-speed DCT for the 1.8 turbo and 2.0 turbo. White car on the photos is a 1.8 turbo.
The engines are sourced from the Shenyang-Mitsubishi engine-making joint venture, a company that powers basically every vehicle made by smaller Chinese automakers, including Zotye’s own Damai X5, SR8 and SR7.
The 2.0 turbo also powers the Landwind X7, the infamous Range Rover Evoque clone. So; they are both called X7, they are both powered by the same engine, and they are both copy-clones. Only in China…
The Damai X7 is a seven-seater. Size: 4738/1928/1665, and wheelbase is 2850.
The Damai X7 will be launched on the Chinese in October. Price will start at 78.800 yuan and end at 153.800 yuan, which means the X7 will compete with all the other existing and future Zotye vehicles. That in itself is not a surprise, because all the cars of the current lineup already compete with each other, with similar prices, engines, and sizes.
The interior too is cloned from the CrossBlue Coupe, up until the steering wheel.
At least it has proper roof rails.
Damy badge on the grille.
Zotye didn’t bother to design some racy exhaust pipe tips. The pipes are hanging sad and unglamorous under the bumper.
The Damai X7 badge. And 1.8T, with a red T.