Zotye is trying to get rid of the glory of the brand-copycat: a new crossover is preparing for the debutDecember 12, 2018
Like many Chinese companies, the Zotye brand (founded in 2005) began its activities with the release of cars that are very similar to the models of more famous brands.
For example, the first-generation Zotye T600 crossover resembles the old Volkswagen Touareg, the Zotye Z300 sedan was clearly created with an eye to the Toyota Allion, while the Zotye SR9 SUV is almost an exact copy of the Porsche Macan. Over time, models with the original design began to appear in the Zotye lineup (for example, the T300 and T500 crosses, the new T600), although the brand has not yet refused full copying – a fresh Land Rover features are traced in the fresh SUV T700.
However, Zotye is still trying to move to the next level: in April of this year, the conceptual SUV i-across debuted at the Beijing Auto Show, which became the forerunner of the brand’s new corporate identity – that is, without plagiarism. And now the “heavenly” media have distributed patent images of the future serial cross with a design based on the concept. Also, a snapshot of the test prototype was uploaded to the Network, although this frame is not so informative. Internal index of the model – A16.
In front, the serial crossover almost completely copies the i-across – the bumper was only slightly retouched, the usual grille appeared, and the head optics became easier. The cameras were replaced with standard mirrors, the rear lights are also different, although the jumper between them was kept.
The firm did not disclose the technical characteristics of the i-across concept, however, judging by the tightly tinted glass, only a model was shown at the exhibition. The product embodiment of the show car, according to unofficial data, is built on a new platform, but there is no data on the platform yet. Some Chinese media tipped the A16 petrol “turbo four” 2.0. According to another version, the crossover will be offered with the 1.6 turbo engine. It is possible that the SUV will still get a hybrid or all-electric version. The drive is probably only the front.
In the Chinese market, the new Zotye crossover will be released in the middle of next year. It is expected that the design of other new brands will perform in the same vein. And Zotye will have a lot of prime minister: in 2019, another crossover and a minivan should be presented, in 2020, a compact van and a cross-coupe, and in 2021 the line of the brand can be replenished with an off-road sedan.