Carbon-Copy Cayenne for China: The Hawtai B35

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Chinese company Hawtai has just released their… ahem… knockoff Cayenne SUV.

The first generation Porsche Cayenne has been resurrected by a car company in China. Hawtai has just released the first photos of their Baolige SUV. If the Hawtai Baolige looks familiar (besides the obvious Porsche reference), you may recall it from its debut in concept form at the 2010 Beijing Auto Show. It doesn't include many of the features found in the Cayenne, so calling it a knock-off would actually be a disservice and insult to the German SUV.

Dubbed the B35, it actually uses an older (first generation) Hyundai Santa Fe platform as its base. It is equipped with your choice of a 136hp 2.4-liter Mitsubishi-sourced engine or a 1.8-liter turbocharged 160hp sourced from SAIC. The production version of the Hawtai B35 will debut next week at the Guangzhou Auto Show in China next week. It prices at €19,800.

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