There is no shame.
Chinese automakers are known for literally copying/stealing famous vehicle designs from their Western competitors. Only more recently has the Chinese government taken steps to curb this practice, but it's still clearly happening from time to time. All the proof we need comes from Hengtian Automobile's L4600 SUV. We already showed this Toyota Land Cruiser rip-off to you last month and now more promotional photos of it have been released.
It's almost shocking copycat designs like this are even possible. Interesting, the L4600 is a bit bigger than the actual Land Cruiser as it's longer and wider, though only slightly shorter. In fact, this thing has a longer wheelbase as well. Even its chassis design has apparently been reverse-engineered. Is there anything original design or engineering-wise here?
Yes, the engine and transmission are the Chinese company's own designs. Under the L4600's hood is a 4.6-liter V8 producing only 286 horsepower. The Toyota Land Cruiser has far more power courtesy of its 5.7-liter V8's 381 ponies. Looking more closely at the design in this off-road shots, you'd think at first the entire body was literally ripped from a real Land Cruiser, but no. Hengtian also produces the body panels, though there's hardly a speck of originality to be found. Even the look of the Land Cruiser's chrome grille has been nearly perfectly replicated with just enough changes to make it look semi-unique.
Official photos of the interior still haven't been released, but we've already seen a video showcasing what's to be found there.
There's nothing special in terms of styling, but a fair amount of additional luxury by way of wood trim and two-tone leather upholstery are present. Despite the copycat philosophy, chances are Hengtian Automobile will sell a lot of these things because they're very reasonably priced, starting at around $38,000. The Land Cruiser, by comparison, can't be had new for anything less than $86,000.
Will Hengtian Automobile escape any legal issues coming from Toyota regarding this? Time will tell.