Landwind Xiaoyao Does Its Best Impression Of A Mercedes GLA In China

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.

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  • europeon

    So, Mercedes GLA and Dacia Duster had a child…

  • WalthamDan

    for Mercedes wanna-be buyers who shop at Dollar Store.

    • UnapolMisanth

      Odd comment really…where I live, Benzes are common (the local dealership even has a satellite location in the local shopping mall).

      Dollar stores are popular here too. As such, there is nothing unusual about Mercedes Benz owners in the store…in fact, each Benz dealership around here is literally within about 200 yards of a dollar store.

      What? Because you have a nice car you have to buy your packing tape at Staples?

      This is why some people have large accounts (and nice cars) and others just have nice cars.

  • Da Only Skid

    Was there a China based auto show or something? Doesn’t matter what manufacturers bring there it will be copied with no respect for IP and patents. Only the wealthy will buy foreign cars and wanna-be’s will buy the knockoffs in their homeland. Understandably it’s a large market and US/non-Chinese based mfg’s want a piece of profit but the countries crappy legal/trademark system is junk like 90% of their products. The world is a vacuum that can never escape China.


    The chinese hadn’t learned their lesson for copying cars

  • KAG25

    They need to start banning Chinese from the European car shows.

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