Not Again! Chinese Carmaker Clones Four-Door BMW Isetta

Perhaps bored of ripping off the designs of modern vehicles, Chinese automaker Eagle has decided to copy the BMW Isetta and reimagine it as a four-door.

Officially dubbed the Eagle EG6330K, the car is just as curious as the original Isetta. However, the addition of two extra doors does make for a rather unsightly creation. On its website, Eagle says that the EG6330K was made to look like the Isetta but as Car News China points out, it shares even more in common with the BMW 600.

Like both the Isetta and 600, the Eagle features two circular headlights and has an almost-identical front fascia. However, unlike the Isetta where the front doubled as the door, the Eagle’s nose doesn’t open up.

Power for the EG6330K comes from a small electric motor delivering the equivalent of 5.3 hp. Working in conjunction with a 72 kWh lead-acid battery, the Eagle can reach 60 km/h and has a range of 120 km.

Inside, the car is free of any superfluous components and includes a simple MP3 player, straightforward air conditioning and heating controls, and simply dials.

Pricing details have yet to be announced but Eagle says it is targeting young buyers who live in large cities with the car.

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  • Ray Filetti

    Hideously endearing.

    • Like pretty ugly? Like its ‘so ugly its beautiful’?

  • Bo Hanan

    Should serve if only for BMW to ask why they didn’t do one for the Chinese market.

  • ZYGIUS

    Superb

  • fabri99

    Horrifying, yet I can’t stop looking at it.

    • like a tragedy on the side of the road? one does not want to look but can’t take your eyes off it?

      • fabri99

        Well, men have always been attracted to the horrid and macabre.

  • EyalN
    • europeon

      I’d say safety, but we are talking about the Chinese, so… beats me.

    • LWOAP

      They don’t have a fridge maker to do it for them?

    • Because simply this car is a rebody of boring city car? and beside safety and regulations prohibited it anyway.

  • sidewaysspin

    This really should end if they want Chinese cars to be taken seriously.

  • EddyCj

    Ohh Lord…

  • Steve Crawford

    Would not like to be in a crash in that. ouch.

  • Status

    Take note of the gas and brake pedals. They’re not even under the steering wheel.

    • Steve Hatton

      It doesnt have a gas pedal because its an electric vehicle !

      • Status

        It’s a legacy term in the exact same way that rye gum doesn’t have rye whisky in it.

  • Jørn-tommy Skjellnes

    i like it 🙂

  • I actually read the interview with the company founder, someone dare to ask why this looks like Isetta, He actually being honest and said that he likes Isetta design and want to make 21st century version of it. He also claims that his creation is merely a homage, not blatant copy.

  • Ilbirs
    • emjayay

      I didn’t know about the 600. Turns out it was basically a restyled long wheel base Isetta with a bigger engine from a bigger BMW motorcycle. The front door (which is really a front door) is the same as the Isetta’s. But yes, the 600 is clearly what they were looking at.

  • Auto

    Jalopnik had an article about this over a month ago.

  • stupid, ugly, but I like it. Too bad the interior is just an other bad cheap car.

  • Bash

    Well, at least they’ve added the reversing gear now.

  • emjayay

    Lead-acid batter? Welcome to 1915.

  • GT

    And 90s Camry wheels! So sorry I know that.

  • Some ol’ bloke

    man…………….. 5.3hp. Incredible. Superb.

  • Miknik

    A cheap Chinese clone of a 60+ years old bubble car, now that does sound very safe; And judging by the pics, hell even those not so huge looking Chinese ladies seem to struggle space wise. Even Hamster himself might not fit in here…

  • It is like the BMW Isetta 600. I like it. It would be nice to see it imported into the USA. It would be neat to drive it.

  • I read that there were a few variations of the original. Different countries made their own.

  • Mark Beckman

    Everytime China makes anything that looks remotely like anything else, then they are ripping off, but if someone from another country follows any styling trends then not a mention.

    I seriously thought the latest Chev Cruze was a Hyundai when I first saw it. The Chev Spark looks like a bunch of Asian designed hatchs. Of course intrinsically every small or medium front wheel drive car made by an American brand has been copied one way or another from the sucess of Japanese cars over the last 40 years.

    The very small number of actual cars directly copied such as the Landwind are a National embarrassment here, most Chinese are disgusted with them, sales are very poor and Landwinds parked in the streets are often intentionally vandalised.

    Come to China and see that the bulk of the car industry here is doing very well under it’s own steam.

    By the way, how about a report on the Wuling Hong Guang, one of China’s best selling family vehicles, 5 seats for $8000 – and copied by Chevrolet in other Asian countries.

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