This Chinese crossover really can’t hide its original inspiration, even after a subtle redesign for the 2018 model year – the folks over at Land Rover seriously can’t appreciate this look-alike.
Allegedly imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, but no one can say it’s a positive thing when this happens with million-dollar projects, not two-year-olds. So, we can’t imagine Land Rover being too happy with the existence of the Landwind X7, even after this recent update. First introduced about three years ago – so a bit later than the source of inspiration (it’s obvious we’re speaking of the Range Rover Evoque, right?). This compact crossover that will forever remain a China-only affair has gone through a comprehensive facelift, without actually giving up on its origins.
The Chinese automaker has changed the styling for the bumpers, headlights, taillights, and grille – but it still thoroughly evokes (!) the smallest model in Land Rover’s roster. The facelift for the Chinese Land Rover has also introduced new front fenders, exhaust tips, roof rails, and a metallic bar between the taillights. Chinese media revealed the 2018 Landwind X7 still uses a turbocharged 2.0-liter gasoline engine producing 190 horsepower, and will soon be complimented by a 1.5-liter turbo unit with 150 hp for a price of approximately 100,000 yuan ($15,000), which is arguably a far cry from the 388,000 yuan ($58,500) base price of the Evoque.