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.