Landwind launched the Xiaoyao in the Chinese market last year but for some inexplicable reason it quickly gained the nickname “Chinese GLA”.
All kidding aside, the Xiaoyao is not an exact clone of the GLA as it adopts its own front fascia and slightly different rear end but we must say we had to take a second look to confirm that this wasn’t the compact Mercedes SUV. Landwind’s compact crossover is currently on display at the Shanghai Auto Show.
The Chinese car maker is no stranger when it comes to “borrowing” the styling of popular Western models, with the Evoque-lookalike Landwind X7 being one of their worst offenses in the business. Last month Jaguar Land Rover won the case against them in a Chinese court, forcing Landwind to cease production and sales immediately.
The interior of the new Landwind Xiaoyao features a flat-bottom steering wheel, a tablet-style touchscreen 8-inch display for the infotainment system, a wide center console and a leather effect for the upper part of the dashboard.
Power comes from two different turbocharged 1.5-liter four-cylinder petrol engines, with 150hp and 163hp respectively. There’s no all-wheel drive option available but there is one for an automatic transmission as we can see in the images.
Among the display cars was a two-tone bright green/pale blue example on chrome wheels and a beige interior, showcasing most likely how you can personalize your Xiaoyao when you have a complete lack of taste.