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No, that’s not a typo – it really is spelt the Leopaard CS10, with two A’s. The Chinese SUV has been spotted by our reader Sean Woo, undergoing testing here in Malaysia in left-hand drive form. As yet, it is unclear what to make of the car’s presence here, but it appears the GAC Changfeng sub-brand is considering a market introduction in the future.

Launched at the Shanghai Motor Show last year, the CS10 possesses handsome, if unadventurous and derivative styling, with headlights that look to have been nicked from the Volkswagen Touareg and a rear end from a Porsche Cayenne. Inside, there’s a dashboard that’s reminiscent of a facelifted W204 Mercedes C-Class, a Range Rover-esque four-spoke steering wheel, an Android-based navigation system and five seats.

Under the bonnet sits a turbocharged Mitsubishi-derived 2.0 litre 4G63T four-cylinder petrol engine, producing 174 hp at 5,250 rpm and 250 Nm of torque between 2,400 and 4,800 rpm – Changfeng is so proud of the Japanese connection that the engine cover says “Mitsubishi Power” and even sports the three diamond logo. Power is sent to the front wheels via a six-speed dual wet clutch transmission.

Measuring 4,663 mm long, 1,875 mm wide and 1,700 mm tall, with a wheelbase of 2,700 mm, the CS10 is smack in the middle of the C-segment SUV class dominated by the Honda CR-V, Mazda CX-5 and Nissan X-Trail, although it is quite a bit wider. So, what do you think of this Chinese big cat?