Chinese car manufacturer Landwind has reportedly applied to register this design with the Chinese patent office. It’s being called the Landwind E32, and according to CarNewsChina.com the new SUV is expected to hit Chinese showrooms in the final quarter of this year, with a price tag of 120,000 yuan – that’s under £11,500. Considering some top-spec Range Rover Evoques in the UK reach about £60,000, and that’s before China’s mammoth import taxes, it could prove tempting to Chinese buyers. But whether it’s as well-built or clever off-road remains to be seen.
There was a similar story a few months ago when Derbyshire–based Milner Off-Road found their confidential pre-production renderings of their LRM-1 race vehicle registered with the Chinese patent office. How long it will be before Chinese designers have a stab at a full-blown Range Rover…?