This is the production version of the Zotye T300 SUV. It debuted in concept form on the Beijing Auto Show in April and the real thing will be launched on the Chinese car market in the first half of 2017. The car on the photos is the EV version, seen on a Zotye dealer event.
No, this is not a Porsche Macan. This indeed is the Zotye SR9, a Chinese clone of the Macan. It was delayed by a coupe of times but now it has finally been launched on the market. Price of the SR9, formerly known as the SR8, starts at 109.800 and ends at 162.800 yuan ($16.115 – 23.900). The Macan starts at 558.000 yuan ($83.000). So you can have 5.5 SR9’s for one Macan. I have since heard that the first SR9’s have arrived at the single Zotye dealer in Beijing, next Monday I will go to have a look.
The Zotye SR9 is a new SUV from China made by a company called Zotye Auto. It is also a shameless clone of the Porsche Macan. But how much of a clone is it really? Today we find out. Starting with a white SR9 wearing trendy black wheels. And here is the Macan:
The Zotye SR9 Porsche Macan clone has been officially launched in China, pricing will be announced tomorrow and deliveries will start next month. The Zotye SR9, formerly known as the Zotye SR8, is a near perfect ripoff, only details such as he grille and lights differ from the Macan. See a detailed comparison here.
Starting with the big news; like we expected the Zotye SR8 Porsche Macan clone will be called the Zotye SR9 when it hits the Chinese car market on October 12. This kind of late name changes are common in China and business as usual at Zotye.
Zotye has released the first official photos of the infamous Zotye SR8 Porsche Macan clone from China, showing a single car in blue with a red dashboard and beige seats. We have seen that car before. Zotye however has not released the name of the good vehicle. Earlier on we heard it might be called SR9 instead of SR8.
Zotye is a cloning expert in any way, with a great like for the Volkswagen Group. They did the the SR7 (Audi Q3), Damai X5 (Tiguan), the Zotye T600 (Audi Q5), and will soon launch the SR8 Porsche Macan.
We have a boatload of new photos of the infamous Zotye SR8 Porsche Macan clone from China, showing a whole flock of the things on a factory parking lot, and they come in every color. The Zotye SR8 will debut on the Chengdu Auto Show in early September and launch on the Chinese car market soon thereafter.
But there is bigger news: we hear that Zotye has decided to rename the SR8 to… SR9. No official confirmation yet but Zotye does this kind of fuzzy all the time, so we wouldn’t be surprised.
Zotye is on a roll, launching one model after another, and then another one again. A few years ago many said (not us) that Zotye was going to die. But die they didn’t! Their EVs and SUVs are selling in great numbers, the brand is growing, and it finds buyers even in the big cities like Beijing.
Their latest new car is the Zotye T700, the production version of the Zotye T600 S concept. The T700 will be the flagship of the Zotye brand, until something bigger arrives. Happily it is not a clone. There are influences of Range Rover visible, but it isn’t as bad as with the Damai X7 and the Zotye SR8.
The latter was called T700 during its development process. Zotye, it seems, is getting confused; too many new cars and too many new names.