The Copycat Chinese cars from Shanghai Auto Expo 2019

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The Chinese have been known to make copycat versions of most of the western world products. They are rather cheap yet pretty hard for the untrained eye to tell the differences. This doesn’t stop with the accessories and the electronic stuff. Even European cars cannot escape the Chinese invasion. They have got their own version of the Mercedes Benz G-63, the BJ80. Their version of the Landrover Evoque is called Landwind X7, against which Jaguar Landrover won a legal suit.

Nothing seems to be stopping the Chinese from making these copycat versions. Here are some of the copycat cars that were at display in the Shanghai Auto Show 2019.

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BAIC BJ80

This is the imitation of the Mercedes Benz G Wagon. It’s been produced from 2016 by Beijing Auto Works, a subsidiary of the BAIC. For the untrained eyes, the BJ80 would ring nothing but Mercedes. Everything from the flat hood, rugged bumper, pronounced wheel arches, exposed door hinges, the round headlamps, door mounted spare wheel resemble a G Wagon.

Mercedes AMG G63
Mercedes AMG G63

The interior, as you would’ve guessed, is a lift off from the G-Wagon. The door padding, steep and shallow dashboard, the center console, even the grab handles is a copycat work. It even has the good old ladder frame chassis as the G Wagon. The front grille though reminds us of the Jeep’s 7 slat design.

While the original G Wagon sets you back by about 200,000 USD, the BJ80 costs about 43,000 USD.

BAIC BJ 80
BAIC BJ 80, Courtesy: chinamobil.ru
Landwind X7

Though not showcased at the Shanghai Auto Expo, this one is worth mentioning. Moving from Germany to the UK, this time it was the Land Rover that was copied. Hmm.. we smell German in the naming though. It was a blatant attempt and no effort of any sort was made to hide the ripoff.

The X7 was strikingly similar to the Range Rover Evoque that hit the Chinese market in 2011. So much so that it caused confusion among prospective customers. The X7 was priced at 124,000 Yuan, significantly lower than the Range Rover Evoque which was priced at 354,000 Yuan. Infuriated, Land Rover took Landwind to the Chinese court.

Landwind X7
Landwind X7

Beijing court ruled in favor of Jaguar Land Rover in a legal battle against JMC. The court found that five design elements including headlamps, taillamps, window lines, side body design were lifted from the Range Rover Evoque.

Huansu C60

The Huansu C60 is your cheap ticket to an Italian affair. It is a total ripoff of the mad bull, the Urus. Well, at least from the front. The angular lines and the intake vents resemble the Urus for sure. Because you won’t be needing a larger vent to cool the puny 2 Liter engine, some of the intake vents make way for Quad LED lights.

Huansu C60
Huansu C60, Courtesy: caradvice.com.au

The creases on the C60 look less angry than on the URUS and the headlamps seem to have taken inspiration from the Audi Matrix headlamps. The rear end looks boring and nothing like the Urus. The C60 is definitely cheap to own and run. The copycat version of the Urus costs somewhere between USD 15,000 – USD 24,000 based on which variant you choose.

BYD E-Seed GT Concept

This concept car, though not a complete lift off, seems to have taken inspiration from multiple cars. The wrap around rear tail lamps and the way the “Build Your Dreams” is written reminds us of the Porsche 911. The engine cover reminds us of the Lamborghini and the car from the front strikes an uncanny resemblance to the New Honda NSX. The name E-Seed GT is in itself copied from Kia Motors’ Ceed GT.

BYD E-Seed GT
BYD E-Seed GT
BYD Song Pro

The Song Pro SUV kind of reminds us of the Audi Q7 SUV, at least from the front. The Headlamps and the hexagonal grill for sure strikes a resemblance with the Audi.

BYD Song Pro
BYD Song Pro
BYD E1

Looks like they designers at BYD ran out of ideas before they decided to make a blatant rip off of the Toyota Aygo small car.

Toyota Aygo
Toyota Aygo

Even the once piece glass tailgate is lifted from the Toyota Aygo.

BYD E1
BYD E1

We could keep on digging and the list is Big, with a capital B. let us know in the comments about what you found, for the lack of a better word, an exciting copy work here.

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