The X7 SUV, presented by Chinese automaker Landwind, bears more than just a passing resemblance to the Evoque, right down to the font and the positioning of the lettering on its hood.
"The fact that this kind of copying is ongoing in China is very disappointing," Land Rover CEO Ralf Speth told Autocar. "The simple principle is that it is not something that should happen; the intellectual property is owned by Jaguar Land Rover, and if you break that IP then you are in breach of international regulations that apply around the world."
Autocar said the Landwind X7 is scheduled to enter production this month and is expected to retail for the equivalent of $22,000 (134,992 yuan) in the Chinese market. That is significantly below the starting price of the Evoque there, which is inflated well above its U.S. starting price because of import duties.
The similarities aren't confined to the exterior design, as the X7 is powered by a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine from the Landwind X5 -- no relation to BMW X5 -- that produces 188 hp and 184 lb.-ft. of torque and is combined to a six-speed manual or an eight-speed automatic transmission.