Range Rover Evoque clone gets a facelift and new 1.5L turbo with 160 hp

Landwind, the Chinese automaker who gave the world the Range Rover Evoque clone, has just unveiled a facelift for its Landwind X7. It loses out much of its British design cues and new 1.5-litre turbocharged engine for its entry level model.

So, what has changed with the new design exercise? For starters, it gets a more rectangular headlamp design (full LED items) as well as restyled bumpers and grille. On the side new items include the roof rack and alloy wheel design.

The rear end is where the designers at Landwind spent most of their creative juices. It loses out on the Evoques tailgate sculpture in favour of a more face-like rear end. The chrome strip connecting the taillamps are positioned much lower compared to the car it copied from. Bumper and exhaust outlets are taken straight from the Evoque.

Landwind has introduced a 1.5-litre turbocharged engine with 160 hp mated to an updated eight-speed automatic transmission. The new turbo engine joins the existing Mitsubishi-sourced 187 hp 2.0-litre turbo.

On the pre-facelift model, the X7 comes generously equipped with 10.2-inch touchscreen infotainment system, keyless entry and start, electronic parking brake, dual-zone automatic climate control, Tyre Pressure Monitoring System, 360-degree surround camera, 6 airbags, ESC, Traction Control, ABS with EBD, Hill Ascend Control and Hill Descend Control.

Currently, the range-topping 2.0-litre turbo Landwind X7 starts from RMB129k (RM83k) to RMB148k (RM94k) while the entry level 1.5-litre turbo will carry a starting price of just under RMB100k (RM64k). Only in China where you can have a “Porsche Macan Hybrid” and a “1.5-litre Turbo Range Rover Evoque”.



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