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Spy Shots: the new Zotye T500 SUV from China is not a Volkswagen Tiguan

Published on January 23, 2015 by Joey Wang

Spy Shots: the new Zotye T500 SUV from China is not a Volkswagen Tiguan

Spy Shots of the new Zotye T500 from China, a compact SUV that will be launched on the Chinese car market in the second half of the year. The Zotye T500 appears to be a near-perfect clone of the Volkswagen Tiguan, bar for the grille and bumper. The T500 is part of a large Zotye new-car offensive that also includes two more SUV’s, EV’s, and the new Zotye Z600 sedan.

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The Volkswagen Tiguan. Proportions and overall design were copy-pasted onto the T500. The Tiguan is manufactured in China by the Shanghai-Volkswagen joint venture. Price starts at 199.800 yuan and ends at 315.800 yuan. Engines: 1.4 TSI, 1.8 TSI, and 2.0 TSI.

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The Zotye T500 will be powered by by 1.5 and 1.5 turbo four-cylinder petrol engines with 120 and 150 horses respectively, mated to a five-speed manual or a CVT. Price will start around 60.000 and end around 75.000 yuan. The T500 will be positioned under the Zotye T600 SUV, a vehicle that looks very much like an Audi Q5.

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The Tiguan. Compare design of the window wing, roof rails, rear window, rear fenders, and bumper.

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Surprisingly, Zotye did not copy the interior but designed it in-house, thus predictably resulting in a mess. Square-shaped dials under a round binnacle with oval-ish vents and a tiny lower-center console with far too many buttons. Five different grades of gray for the color scheme.

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The Tiguan.

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The copy-paste can be seen best at profile. Compare the bonnet, positioning of the pillars, and positioning of the doors. Zotye however did ‘redesign’ the wheel arches to be round.

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The Tiguan.

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The T500.

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No Zotye logo on the grille. The T500 has to do with a handwritten ‘Zotye Auto’ badge on the bonnet, and…

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… another one at the back.

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  1. Jeff- January 23, 2015 Reply

    “Surprisingly, Zotye did not copy the interior but designed it in-house, thus predictably resulting in a mess. Square-shaped dials under a round binnacle with oval-ish vents and a tiny lower-center console with far too many buttons. Five different grades of gray for the color scheme.”

    What are you talking about? Where are the oval shaped vents on the Zotye? It’s the Tiguan that has the oval shaped vents, tiny lower-center console, and the many shades of gray.

    Did you look at the wrong picture when making the comments?

  2. czk- January 23, 2015 Reply

    IMO it’s not similar enough to call it copy. Quite a lot of their own effort. Shame on abandoned “Z” badge.
    Sweet looking interior.

  3. a- January 23, 2015 Reply

    Zoyte look much better then Tiguan, both interior and exterior design

  4. Deskman- January 23, 2015 Reply

    Looks like a mix between Tiguan and Land Rover. A more masculine front end will pay dividends for the brand.

  5. royalmm- January 24, 2015 Reply

    Nice interior, but hey… at least they made it better than the Tiguan itself.

  6. David- January 24, 2015 Reply

    The Zoyte certainly has been inspired by Land Rover and Volkswagen, but over all, I think that it is an ok looking vehicle. I prefer the Zoyote rear with the numberplate to go on the hatch rather than on the bumper like the Volkswagen. Don’t quite know which interior I like, but neither would put me off. Perhaps the vw is a little easier to see the dials on, but then, I am not behind the wheel of either. For around half the money, the Zoyote would be ok for me.

  7. Paul- January 26, 2015 Reply

    Similar, but loses a bit with proportion. Slightly awkward.

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