Zotye T700 1

No, you’re not seeing things – this is not a Porsche Macan, but an almost identical copy from China called the Zotye T700. As seen in these leaked pictures from Chinese website autohome.com.cn, it apes the design of Stuttgart’s baby SUV almost to a tee.

It’s all here – large front air intakes, low positioning of the fog lights, rotund surfacing, almond-shaped window line, sloping roofline, VW-esque door handles and wing mirrors mounted on stalks mimic similar items on the Macan. Even the “side blades” along the doors have been carried over, albeit in silver as opposed to black.

Left: Zotye T700, right: the real McCoy

The tail light graphics also bring to mind the Macan, but its kinked outline, as well as the tailgate-mounted number plate recess (as opposed to the bumper-mounted one on the Macan), actually appears to more closely reference the facelifted Cayenne. The only cues not taken from the Zuffenhausen design handbook are the L-shaped headlights, bonnet vents and BMW M6 Gran Coupe-style two-tone alloy wheels.

According to Car News China, the Zotye T700 will be powered by either a 177 hp 2.0 litre turbo engine (the Porsche makes 237 hp from a mill with a similar configuration) or a 3.0 litre turbo V6, developed in-house by Zotye. It is expected to arrive in showrooms next year with prices starting at around 170,000 yuan (RM102,500) – that’s far cheaper than a Macan, which starts at 558,000 yuan (RM336,400) in China, or RM420,000 in Malaysia.

The real Porsche Macan