Porsche Macan for the poor has become less like the original and lost in power

Porsche Macan for the poor has become less like the original and lost in power

January 18, 2019 0 By autotimesnews

The updated version of the notorious SUV of the Chinese company Zotye – SR9 is revealed. The model not only changed in appearance, but also acquired another motor.

Zotye SR9 crossover was launched in the Middle Kingdom in 2016. Outside the home market, this model is not yet represented, but it is still famous all over the world. The fact is that the design of the Chinese is almost completely copied from the pre-reform Porsche Macan. In the autumn of 2018, the German premium brand SUV experienced a restyling, so the SR9 cannot be called an exact copy. And this year they will launch the updated Zotye cross. Judging by the pictures of the refreshed SR9, made to the base of the Ministry of Industry of China, the similarities with Macan became even smaller.

Thus, the top version of the Zotye model has LED daytime running lights made in the form of “boomerangs”, although vertical stripes have been left to the base SUV. Another model has received new bumpers and grille. There are no photos of the interior, so it is not known whether something has changed inside. It is not excluded that only other finishing materials are used in the cabin.

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Restyled Zotye SR9 received a 177-hp petrol turbo-four 1.8 from the company Ruizhan (Tongling) Technology (factory index TN4A18T). Information about the boxes yet. The pre-reform SR9 is equipped with a licensed Mitsubishi 2.0 turbo engine with 190 hp. (4G63T), which is paired with a five-speed manual or a robotic gearbox with double clutch. Apparently, this engine will be dismissed. Drive in a crossover in any case will remain only the front. Recall the cheapest Porsche Macan has four-wheel drive and a 245-horsepower turbo 2.0.

The exact date of the premiere of the refreshed Zotye SR9 is unknown, as well as the price. Most likely, a less powerful engine will make the SUV cheaper. The price of previous crossover begins from 108,800 yuan. For comparison, a Porsche Macan will have to pay a minimum of 558,000 yuan.

Note, Zotye SR9 started off well: full-fledged sales of the model in China began in November 2016, the crossover sold in two months in an edition of 10,033 copies. In 2017, 23,442 SUVs were sold, but in 2018, dealers transferred only 11,918 cars to customers. There are no statistics on Macan sales in China last year, but earlier in Porsche they boasted that China is the largest market for the model – for example, in 2017, 31,180 such vehicles were sold there.