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Thursday, July 30, 2015

Check out China’s Tesla Model S Copycat

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Youxia Front

It’s electric and it looks like a Tesla Model S, but it’s called the Ranger X and it’s made by Chinese automaker Youxia. The car is powered by an electric motor producing 356 horsepower with 325 lb-ft of torque and it has a battery pack mounted beneath the floor. The Youxia Ranger X will do 0-62 mph in 5.6 seconds and has a range of 286 miles per charge.

The company says the Youxia features technology that’s used in the BMW i3 and the Tesla Model S. Safety technology includes adaptive cruise control and lane-keeping assistance. The inside of the Ranger X with its long center screen looks even more like the Tesla than the car’s exterior. Inspiration for the car clearly came from Tesla, but also from a classic ’80s television show.

Youxia Interior

According to Autocar, 28-year-old company owner Huang Xiuyuan is a big fan of Knight Rider and took the name Youxia from the show’s title in Chinese. It even has an LCD panel in the front of the car that can recreate Kitt’s lights.

The Ranger X will go into production later this year with pricing rumored to be around $32,000. As for Tesla, they’ve made no comment about this Chinese lookalike.


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