If imitation is the best form of flattery, then Tesla Motors should be pleased when it sees the new electric sedan from Chinese-carmaker Youxia Motors.
But it’s doubtful that Elon Musk, CEO of Tesla, will see the new Youxia X as a compliment. This new sedan goes beyond being a just a battery-electric competitor, with an appearance that closely copies Tesla’s Model S.
The side profile, the similarly-shaped front “grille” and the tablet-sized infotainment screen positioned in the middle of the console on the Youxia X are almost exact matches to the Model S. Even the exterior handles recess into the doors, like on the Model S, and the carmaker’s logo on the front of the grille appears very Tesla-esque.
Youxia’s performance claims will also sound familiar, with statements this electric sedan can go from 0-60 mph in 2.8 seconds. Tesla just released an upgrade for its high-performance Model S P85D, which engages “Ludicrous Mode” to run a sprint in the exact amount of time.
The P85D achieves this supercar performance with two motors: a 259 horsepower motor in the front and a 503 horsepower motor in the rear. However, the one electric motor powering the Youxia X peaks at 270 kilowatts (362 horsepower).
Also similar to the Model S are the three different battery options available: a 40 kilowatt-hours pack offering 137-mile range, 60 kwh with 205 miles or the 85 kwh pack for 286 miles. On its website, Youxia said its battery’s chip sampling rate is eight times better than both the Tesla and BMW i3.
The Youxia X does have a few features that distinguish it from the Model S. While Tesla uses its own proprietary operating system, Youxia’s software is based on Google Android 5.0, which is supposed to be compatible with Android and Apple phones.
And the front end features a programmable display, allowing drivers to change from the carmaker’s logo to a Knight Rider-style light display or any other design (including the Batman logo, as suggested by Youxia).
Tesla wasn’t the only carmaker that Youxia copied for this electric sedan. If drivers want to supplement the sound, the Youxia X can imitate any number of sports cars. Lamborghini, Porsche, the Ferrari 488 GTB and the Jaguar F-Type are listed as some of the sound options.
Production of the Youxia X is scheduled to begin at the end of 2016 – about six months earlier than the Tesla’s economy-priced Model 3 – with pricing estimated to fall between $32,000 and $48,000.