There's a new Chinese copycat car in town, and this time it's based on the Discovery
Mark Tisshaw
16 November 2017

The Land Rover Discovery 4 has become the latest model to have its design imitated by a Chinese company.

The Changan X70A is a large SUV from the Chongqing-based car maker in the south-west of the country that has clearly taken its inspiration from the now off-sale Land Rover model, most notably in its side profile.

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The X70A is set to be revealed at the Guangzhou motor show on Friday, where it will join a revised version of the most famous of the Chinese ‘copycat’ cars, the Range Rover Evoque-alike Landwind X7.

While the Discovery 4 is, of course, a dedicated off-roader, Changan’s answer to it is not. The X70A is front-engined and front-wheel drive only, with a 1.5-litre petrol engine with just 96bhp and 103lb ft driving through a five-speed manual gearbox.

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Size-wise, it’s smaller than the Discovery 4, measuring 4620mm in length with a 2750mm-long wheelbase, to the 4838mm length and 2885mm wheelbase of the Land Rover model.

Such copycat cars are becoming less prevalent in Chinese car design as the market matures and evolves at a rapid rate, yet they do still crop up, as the X70A proves.

It’s set to go on sale in China early next year priced from only 80,000 yuan (£9150).

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16 November 2017

Front looks a bit Toyota to me maybe? When are they bringing out a Freelander clone...

16 November 2017

The real crime here is the look of the new Discovery`s back end, perculiar and just plain wrong. I always wonder how designs with such fundamental visual flaws make it through without revision.

 

id rather drive a Changan

16 November 2017
jonfortwo wrote:

The real crime here is the look of the new Discovery`s back end, perculiar and just plain wrong. I always wonder how designs with such fundamental visual flaws make it through without revision.

You are so right. From the front 3/4 the rear of the new Disco looks extremely odd. The bumper just disppears leaving a strange vertical flat slab. I have no idea how it got past customer clinics. Maybe the polo necks with the goaties and man buns at LR don't need anyone's approval but that strange back end totally ruins an otherwise smart looking 4x4. 

17 November 2017
jonfortwo wrote:

The real crime here is the look of the new Discovery`s back end, perculiar and just plain wrong. I always wonder how designs with such fundamental visual flaws make it through without revision.

 

id rather drive a Changan

I can see that it's still like a cemetry down at the Audi dealership...

16 November 2017

Ok so this is the sign of chinese automotive progress. I did my research and changchang is on of china's top car makers and started making vehicles from the 1950s! SO that for u folk (the Discovery clone) is the result 65 off years of chinese development experience. 

The car majors world over have absoloutley nothing to fear about!

16 November 2017

Clone means an exact copy - this is not an exact copy, nowhere near it, if you think it is you need glasses.

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16 November 2017

"Changan X70A revealed as Land Rover Discovery lookalike"

Anyone who seriousely thinks this car looks like a Disco, has either never seen a Disco or has eyesight so bad they should be registering to get a guide dog.

Citroëniste.

16 November 2017

This is in NO WAY a "lookalike" - it has some Discpovery esque features, but many other cars have similar features to other cars. Must be a slow news day at Autocar.

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16 November 2017

don't see that as a discover lookalike, some rip off elements but different enough. Either way, not nice. 

16 November 2017

Russian Doll Land Rover copies its own vehicles, so why not the Chinese.

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