Upcoming Release: Zotye T200 Mini SUV, a New Variant of Daihatsu Terios

While Daihatsu’s unprofitable venture in China was ended three years ago, its Terios has taken roots and flourished there–under different nameplates. At FAW Jilin, Daihatsu’s former Chinese partner, the mini SUV became Senya M80. Over 2,000 kilometers away, in Zhejiang province, Zotye Auto has rolled out three versions of the Terios since late 2005: the 2008, 5008, and T200, the last of which is to go on sale later this month.

Zotye built the 2008, its first car model, on the Terios production line it bought from Taiwan. Two years after the first release of 2008 in 2006, the 5008 went on sale as an upgraded version. With a rear-wheel drive configuration, the 5008 has a 2420mm wheelbase, and is provided with two engine choices from Mitsubishi, a 68.5kW 1.3L (4G13S1) and 78kW 1.5L (4G15). As one of the most affordable SUVs in the local market (costing 50,000-70,000 Yuan), it has achieved moderate success, with recent monthly sales staying around 3,000.

The upcoming T200 comes from the same platform as 5008, with which its shares the wheelbase and powertrain choices. Marginally longer, the latest Terios variant gets a fresh styling inside and out. In the first year after its release, the T200 will be produced and sold alongside the 5008 rather than replace it.

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Zotye T200 mini SUV

Under Zotye’s new naming structure, all sedans and hatchbacks will be placed in the Z series (currently including the Z100, Z200, Z200HB, and Z300), while all SUVs will be designated by the letter T. In the next three years, the T series will be expanded beyond the T200 to include the T300 compact and T600 mid-size.

2013 Zotye T200 Mini SUV 1.3 MT Classic 1.3 MT City 1.3 MT Elite 1.5 MT Elite
Price: MSRP (Chinese Yuan)
To be announced
Date of Market Launch
To be announced
Powertrain
Engine
Mitsubishi 4G13S1 1.3L (1299cc) L4 16V DOHC
Mitsubishi 4G15 1.5L (1488) L4 16V DOHC
Bore, Stroke (mm)
71, 82
76, 82
Peak Power (kW/rpm)
68.5/6000
78/6000
Max. Torque (Nm/rpm)
114/4500
134/4500
Transmission
5-speed manual
Suspension Front
MacPherson struts
Suspension Rear
Five-link independent
Drivetrain
Front engine, rear-wheel drive
Brakes (front/rear)
Disc/drum
Top Speed (km/h)
Steering
Hydraulic power assited
Fuel & Emissions
Combined Fuel Economy (L/100km)
6.5
7.6
Tank Capacity (L)
46
Emission Level
China/Euro IV OBD
Dimensions
Overall Length (mm)
4005
Overall Width (mm)
1570
Overall Height (mm)
1704
Wheelbase (mm)
2420
Track (front/rear, mm)
1305/1310
Ground Clearance (mm)
195
Curb Weight (kg)
5
Seating Capacity
454-1158
  1.3 MT Classic 1.3 MT City 1.3 MT Elite 1.5 MT Elite
Exterior  
Tires
205/70 R15
Front Fog Lamps
S S S S
Power Exterior Mirrors N S S S
Alloy Wheels N S S S
Rear Window Wiper N N S S
Interior  
Power Door Locks N S S S
Power Windows S S S S
Remote Key N S S S
Tilt Steering Column S S S S
Steering Wheel Multi Controls N N S S
Leather Seats S S S S
Number of Speakers 2 2 4 4
Radio/USB/MP3 S S S S
CD Player N N S S
Air Conditioner Manual Manual Auto Auto
Safety  
Driver’s Front Airbag N N S S
Dual Front Side Airbags N N N N
ABS+EBD N S S S
Backup Radar N S S S