It seems that Tesla Model S has got its Chinese copycat in form of Youxia Ranger X. Ranger X is very similar to Tesla Model S and is powered by an electric motor producing 325 lb ft and 352 bhp. The electricity is provided by a battery pack installed under the floor of the car. The executive saloon can reach up to 100 kph in 5.6 seconds and has a range of 450 kilometres in top-spec form. Youxia has stated that the technology utilized in Ranger X is used on the Tesla Model S and the BMW I3. The Chinese car manufacturer has further mentioned that the car’s handling has been developed by the leading engineering companies of the world. Safety technologies in the car include lane-keeping assistance and adaptive cruise control.
On the other hand, Tesla’s entry level Model S is powered by an engine of 324 bhp and the car reaches 100 kmph in 5.2 seconds, with a top speed of 140 mph. The interiors of Ranger X is very similar to Model S, including a large central screen. The car has sound symposers to make its engine note sound. Youxia Ranger X is the brainchild of the company’s 28-year-old CEO Huang Xiuyuan. The android-based operating system of the car is called Kitt and the front bumper has a LCD panel which is capable of recreating Kitt’s oscillating LED lights.
The production of Younia Ranger X is expected to begin later this year. According to the reports by Chinese media, the car will be priced in the range of US$32,000- US$48,000. The pricing amount includes 90,000 yuan offered as green car subsidy by the Chinese government. This is expected to affect the sales of Tesla Model S in China. Tesla has declined to comment on the matter. The issue of Chinese auto manufacturers copying the designs of international brands has affected some of the leading global car manufacturers such as Jaguar Land Rover, as the consumers opt for locally made luxury cars offered at cheaper prices.