It’s an SUV, electric-driven, and looks like a Mercedes-Benz, but no, it isn’t the Mercedes-Benz EQ C. Meet the Luxing iStar, a compact, battery-powered SUV manufactured by the Dezhou Luxing Vehicle Company in Dezhou, Shandong province in China (pics and details courtesy of CarNewsChina).

It appears to be a mash-up of Mercedes-Benz design cues gone wrong: the three-pointed star is oriented downwards, with what appears to be GLC head lamps and a crudely-grafted lower bumper of the Mercedes-Benz Concept Coupe SUV (which has since evolved into the GLE Coupe).

Around the back, the iStar wears a pair of tail lights which resemble those on the Stuttgart manufacturer’s SUV range, with an additional clear red band joining the two sides. Its profile is rather less alike said SUVs and more like a kei-car, with small wheels to match. Under the skin, a 72 V battery powers the Luxing iStar to a top speed of 45 km/h, with total range claimed to be 150 km.

Inside, more Mercedes-Benz design cues are evident, with the broad swathe of dashboard trim clearly aping the A-Class, complete with copied air-conditioning vents. The COMAND infotainment screen hasn’t made it to the Merc copy, with what appears to be a touchscreen unit located in the lower half of the dashboard instead.

A big, red button below the infotainment screen betrays its pre-production state, as end-users certainly wouldn’t need (or want to be confused by) a master electricity kill switch. At 22,000 yuan (RM14,135) the Luxing iStar is cheap, although its modest top speed is perhaps a little too modest, even for urban use. What do you think, readers?