China’s Zotye To Enter US Market With New T600 SUV By End Of 2020

Zotye USA has confirmed that the first model to arrive in the US market will be the next T600 compact SUV.

The next-generation Zotye T600, which was previewed at the Shanghai Auto Show with a concept, is scheduled to arrive in the market by the end of 2020 or during the first quarter of 2021, according to the US arm of the Chinese car maker.

“This T600 is a perfect vehicle for the U.S. market and I’m very excited to announce it will be the first Zotye product to go on sale here,” Duke Hale, CEO of Zotye USA and HAAH Automotive Holdings, said to AutoNews. “The vehicle has excellent quality, outstanding safety features and will be very well equipped with a unique design that will make it popular with American buyers.”

Zotye will follow the T600 with a midsize crossover and a sedan but the company didn’t provide any dates or further details about them.

Back in January, the Chinese carmaker announced its agreement for 19 new dealerships, with the company adding that they have dealers signed up for more than 80 sales points. The company expects to have around 300 sales stores up and running when the new T600 goes eventually on sale.

Officials didn’t mention any powertrain details, but at the Shanghai Auto Show they revealed an in-house designed turbocharged 2.0-liter GDI petrol engine with 200hp, paired to a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission. Other reports suggest the use of a turbocharged 1.6-liter petrol unit paired to a six-speed automatic.

 

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  • charlotteharry57

    A DCT will surely sink ’em faster than they come in. If nothing else does, like customer resistance. Price around $10K, fine. Any more and they’re toast. This is not 1986, when Hyundai entered and there were way less manufacturers trying to sell their wares here.

    • Trey Bellamy

      Tbh. I think conditions are easier now for new companies than when Hyundai came in. People are not as drawn to buying domestic brands only anymore and will buy anything that comes in the form of a crossover!

  • Harry_Wild

    Midsize crossover with 200 hp?

    • mkole1964

      Compact not midsize.

  • HaltestelleLuitpolthafen

    No one is going to want this unknown junk.

    It better be a solid $10,000 below any other market offerings. Also, unless it is from VAG or another premium manufacturer who nailed the DCT, no one wants a DCT here. We sit in too much traffic for it to be tolerable unless it is PERFECT.

    • Jason Clairmonte

      You’re bang on about the DCT. I must say. Seems to be a move away from them with new tech in Torque converters.

  • Dylan Wentworth

    Well on the plus side, there’s going to be more competition and from china. They’re fierce.
    But on the minus side, we’re going to be flooded with even more stupid bubble wagons.

  • Maximilian Norlande Rabbitt

    So umm…no one is going to mention the slight Urus resemblance?

    • Paulbe

      Zotye do have a negatively fascinating Porsche Cayenne copy on their books.

  • Jason Clairmonte

    I admit I had to chuckle. The Zoyte from the HaHa Group of companies. I swear I could hear Shaggy and Scooby-Dooh narrating this article for me.

  • MJ Coffey

    No one wants that chinese communist copycat bullcrap. Buy European, American or Japanese.

    • brn

      No Korean?

    • Paulbe

      We used to say this of the Japanese in the 60s.

  • YUDHA BAGASKARA

    is this BTS of automotive industry?

  • Richard Alexander

    Instinctually I ask “Why?”; them I remeber thwir entire economy is just a giant ponzi scheme teetering on the verge of collapse and it almost seems rational….

  • Enoch Gabriel Gonzales

    Not a beautiful car but there are some really interesting design details going on tbh.

  • Patrick Bong

    The name ZotYe just rolls off the tongue so easily in English. They’ve obviously done their market research and are ready for US distribution.

    • Paulbe

      They have a sub-brand called “Traum” which doesn’t really roll off anything very well.

  • Karl

    Dead on arrival! This is simply not a very cohesive design.

  • helloWorld

    nope. not getting on a Chinese death trap. the cars will be similar to their elevators

  • sidewaysspin

    Why would you finance the chinese military by buying cars like this?

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