China’s very own “Porsche Macan”, is getting a plug-in hybrid (PHEV) variant! No, it’s not an exclusive variant for the Chinese market, it’s the Zotye SR8 SUV.

According to AutoHome, the SR8 SUV, which is essentially a carbon copy of the Macan, will present itself at the Chengdu Auto Show later this month. It features a 2.0-litre turbocharged four-cylinder engine with 190 hp and 250 Nm mated to two electric motors. Combined power output remains unknown for now but Zotye reckons the SUV is capable sprinting from 0 to 100 km/h in under 5 seconds. The most powerful Macan Turbo only boasts a sub-five seconds century sprint time. 

The hybrid powertrain is also said to have a pure electric range of 80 km and a fuel consumption figure of 2.4 litre per 100 km. Transmission options include a six-speed dual clutch or five-speed manual box, sending drive to the front wheels. A four-wheel drive variant is also on the cards, reported AutoHome. Got to have that proper Porsche experience eh?

Visually it remains identical to the petrol variants and still very Macan-like. Inside however, welcomes a host of new upgrade such as a centre analogue clock, Nappa leather upholstery, ashtray, three-spoke multifunctional steering wheel and a panoramic sunroof. Yep, just like a Porsche.

On the safety front, the SR8 comes equipped with tyre pressure monitoring system, lane departure warning system, blind spot monitoring system, front and rear paring sensors as well as a dash camera.

In China prices for the SR8 ranges between ‎109k (RM70k) to 162k (RM103k) yuan; even if the SR8 PHEV is priced at twice the amount, it is still significantly cheaper than the base Porsche Macan’s RM435k price tag. There you have it folks, the poor man’s Macan with an innovative powertrain, tickles your fancy?

Source: AutoHome.com.cn

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