China’s Jianghuai Automobile Co. adopted many of the exterior design details of the Ford F-150 and created a new pickup, called JAC 4R3, which will be unveiled at the Beijing Auto Show in April. The car features F-150’s hood, grille, extended cab, and even Ford’s distinctive blue oval.
“We’re aware of it and we’re investigating,” Ford spokesman Mike Levine told the News. “We’re just trying to get an idea of what’s going on with the vehicle and haven’t decided what our next steps might be.”
This is not the first time when a Chinese automaker is accused of cloning foreign cars and trucks, and the automakers that have filed lawsuits against their imitators have had little success in China’s courts.
Although the exterior design of the two cars is strikingly similar, the interior brings some difference. The 4R3 will have a 2.8-liter diesel engine with just 108 horsepower and 177 lb-ft of torque, instead of F-150’s turbo charged V6 four cylinder 3.7-liter.
According to Chinese sources the JAC 4R3 is based on another existing JAC pickup truck, the JAC Ruiling, which is a copy of the 2003 Chevrolet Silverado, with a Ford-style oval on the grille. All in all JAC 4R3 is a copy of a copy of Chevy and Ford.