Is this a new Range Rover Evoque derivative we don’t yet know about? According to the Car News China website, Chinese company Jiangling Motor Holding Co., Limited (JMH) has filed a patent for this new Landwind-badged SUV, which hasn’t just been influenced by the Range Rover Evoque, but appears to be a blatant copy of it.
Landwind, which isn’t a newcomer to this market sector, is best known in Europe for having sold a facimile of the Vauxhall Frontera. That car, which was sold in Germany, performed disastrously in EuroNCAP tests and was pulled from the market as a conseqence. The new car, to be called the E32, is expected to go on sale in China towards the end of 2014.
The patent drawings, revealed by CarNewsChina, are certainly striking and there is absolutely no mistaking what car Jiangling is hoping to emulate with the new E32. However, for budget conscious Chinese motorists, the E32 will have one very important quality in its favour – it’s expected to be priced at around £11,500 locally.
According to the website, the new car will be powered by a 2.0-litre turbocharged four-cylinder petrol engine developing around 187bhp, mated to a six-speed manual or an eight-speed automatic. Jaguar Land Rover’s reaction to JMH’s patent application will, no doubt, be awaited with interest. However, back in 2008, BMW pursued a case against another Chinese carmaker, Shuanghuan Auto, and alleged that the latter’s SCEO SUV was too similar to the X5 but was unsuccessful.
A quick check on ChinaAuto Web indicates that Jiangling Motors Co., Limited (JMC) and Chang’an Automobile (Group) Co. Limited are the co-owners of JMH – interestingly, Ford Motor Company has a 30 per cent stake in JMC and has a Joint Venture with Chang’an Auto…