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Sunday, December 22, 2013
Chinese Automaker Builds A Terrible Clone Of Cadillac Escalade EXT
China has a long history of making knockoffs, so much so that it's got its own traditions for it under the term "shanzhai."
But this mutated attempt at a Cadillac Escalade EXT is so blatantly
aspirational that it's wrong. It's as if the Cadillac had a kid with a
Ford Ranger, and they named the result "Sloth."
We've seen Chinese pickup clones before, and they were honestly pretty good, as Chinese pickup clones go. But this one just isn't right, somehow.
Shanxi Victory Jinchi JX1 is built by state-owned automaker Shanxi, so
you know the government doesn't give a crap about intellectual property
laws. It's got the stand-up headlights of the Escalade EXT, and bodywork
vaguely reminiscent of the rest of the car, but that's about where the
similarities end, according to Car News China.
of the EXT's 6.0-liter V8, the Jinchi JX1 puts out a maximum of 100
horses, and instead of the Caddy's luxurious interior fit for naught but
the most discerning NFL lineman, the Jinchi's got acres of black plastic from the 1980s:
Cadillac Escalade EXT is a fine car for the people that want one, I
suppose, if what you what is heavy on the luxury, not as heavy on the
utility, and extra-super-duper heavy on the chintz. And a Ford Ranger
revival is something that pickup fans in the US long for all of their
days and nights. But mixing the two together just feels wrong, really
Imagine a construction worker, with calloused hands, sinewy strength, and a tenacious sense of duty.
Now imagine he spends his entire day working in a plastic Bill Gates mask.