New images from Car News China reveal that the Zotye SR8 is almost identical in design to the Macan. The cabin also bears a striking resemblance to that of the Macan, with the steering wheel, centre console and dashboard clock all seemingly copied from its German equivalent.
Small details distinguish the SR8, such as its square exhausts, which are more rounded on the Macan, and there are also minor differences in the headlight and wheel designs.
The SR8 is powered by a Mitsubishi-sourced 2.0-litre turbo engine and is expected to go on sale for around £17,000. That’s a massive £26,553 cheaper than an entry-level Macan, although it’s highly unlikely the SR8 will be sold in Europe due to likely legal disputes.
Zotye’s SR8 is the latest example of the Chinese car industry designing clones of popular western cars. In 2014, LandWind revealed its X7 SUV at the Guangzhou motor show, which is essentially a copy of the Range Rover Evoque.