While the infamous Hunkt Canticie was a pretty “accurate” copy of the Range Rover Sport, the Maple 30X EV is a different story altogether. No guesses for what model the Maple 30X EV attempts to rip-off (it’s already in the title), but it is the Tata Nexon.
Rather than outright copying the design of the Nexon, the company made a few changes like eliminating a coupe-like silhouette on C-pillar that appears to be unflattering, and the rear is totally different from the Tata car. The front-end, while inspired by the facelifted Nexon, gets a different designed grille, accompanied by new headlamps and bumpers.
Moving on, the Maple 30X EV gets dual-tone paint scheme that further adds to the similarities as the Nexon, and it’s not just the front but the side profile of the Chinese SUV bears heavy resemblances with the Tata SUV. Things appear to be more “decent” at the back, with inspiration taken from some modern Suzuki products (from the rear).
It uses a 70kW (94bhp) motor which can help perform a 0-100 km/h sprint in around 10-12 seconds. At maximum price, the company reports a driving range of over 300 km. The battery can get 80 per cent juice from empty in around half an hour using a fast-charger. Fengsheng’s Maple 30X might not be a success but is a decent product for its price range starting at Rs $9,778 or under Rs 8 lakh.
The Maple 30X EV is built by Fengsheng Automotive, a company co-owned by Geely and Kandi, and seems to be making a convincing package as an electric car aside from the questionable styling. This is the first car under the new Maple brand, but this year is expected to see several more vehicles, including an SUV and MPV.
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