Youxia Ranger X looks almost identical to Tesla's electric saloon and will go on sale in China later this year

These are the first pictures of the Youxia Ranger X - a Chinese-made copycat of the Tesla Model S.

Its makers say the Ranger X, which looks almost identical to Tesla's executive saloon, is powered by an electric motor producing 352bhp and 325lb ft, with electricity coming from a battery pack mounted under the floor. The saloon is capable of reaching 62mph in 5.6sec and has a range of 286 miles in top-spec form.

Youxia also says the Ranger X features technology used on the BMW i3 and the Model S. The company says the car’s handling has been developed by “the world’s leading engineering companies”.

Safety technologies include adaptive cruise control and lane-keeping assistance.

By comparison, the entry-level Tesla Model S is powered by a 324bhp electric motor and is capable of reaching 60mph in 5.2sec, with a top speed of 140mph. 

Inside, the Ranger X features a large central screen, reminiscent of that found in the Tesla, and includes sound symposers to make its engine note sound like other cars.

Youxia’s owner - 28-year-old Huang Xiuyuan - is reportedly a big fan of the 1980s TV programme Knight Rider, and has included in the car elements inspired by the show. The company's name, Youxia, is apparently the title of the Knight Rider programme in China.

The car's front bumper even features an LCD panel that is capable of recreating Kitt’s oscillating LED lights. The Android-based operating system used by the car’s infotainment services is also called Kitt.

Production of the Ranger X is due to begin later this year, with Chinese media reporting that the car will be priced from around $32,000 (about £20,497). In the UK, the Model S costs £45,800 including the government's £5000 EV grant.

Tesla declined to comment on the car when contacted by Autocar.

Copycat design in China has recently been highlighted with the Land Wind X7, a clone of the Range Rover Evoque. Jaguar Land Rover boss Ralf Speth has said companies are "powerless" to stop Chinese manufacturers from copying their designs, after JLR’s challenge against Land Wind was thrown out by the Chinese courts.

Earlier this year, Chinese car designers hit out over claims that copycat designs were once again becoming more prevalent in the country. Speaking at the Global Automotive Forum in June, Changan design boss Chen Zheng said: “We have a lot of copycats but we also have a lot of audacious designs. Globally there are also disputes and arguments over similar designs. 

"The truth is that car designs are becoming more and more homogenous. The situation is chaotic."

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28 July 2015
want one. Must be better than a Tesla. Chinese engineering is second to none. No chance they will have cut corners.

29 July 2015
Apart from a similarly blocked out nose, there's no resemblance to the Tesla. I'm all for calling out Chinese copiers when it's true, but in this case it isn't.

7 September 2015
more interesting than the Model S. Credit where credit is due. Particularly since the Chinese aren't exactly known for original design.

28 July 2015
This copying thing. It isn't just wrong, it is utterly pathetic. And a very poor reflection on a country with over-blown aspirations to greatness.

28 July 2015
I don't remember any such vitriol being aimed at Ford when they produced the 2001 Mondeo, which was a 1999 Passat unsuccessfully attempting to hide behind vaguely rhomboidal headlights. The likeness was commented on, certainly, but no negative criticism was made. And Ford aren't the only ones to have done it, many examples of the same thing have occurred over the years. Compare the 1981 Vauxhall Cavalier to the Rover SD1 launched 5 years previously. And those are from long-established major manufacturers, not companies trying to play catch-up. Their designs may not be original, but the Chinese haven't invented copying either, they've simply copied it.

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28 July 2015
It's a distant relation rather than a copy... I rather like it. Was expecting to see something like the Landwind X7 which really is a spitting image of the RR Evoque.

28 July 2015
Trouble is, to some people all Chinese cars look the same....

I don't need to put my name here, it's on the left

 

28 July 2015
Has been said for a long time that once Chinese manufacturers had sorted out the greasy bits of car development and production, design effort would start to ramp up quickly. While this is still obviously a copycat design, it appears to have some original, aesthetically okay ideas in it too. Could it mark a turning point?

28 July 2015
it is mish mash of an accident with a Tesla, Audi A8 and 2 Toyota's/Lexus'

28 July 2015
Sorry that looks bugger all like the Tesla, it might have the overall shape, but then a lot of cars do these days as they are computer generated, but the details are NOTHING like the Tesla, which is a very complete and well designed car, this looks like a kids toy that you find in the pound shop.

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