China’s latest new model to draw somewhat heavily on its source of inspiration has been unveiled: the Youxia X electric vehicle.
Car News China reports that its 28-year-old designer, Huang Xiuyuan, claims the ‘X’ first came to him in a dream last year.
We suspect he was actually dreaming about Tesla’s Model S, because it’s fair to say the similarities can’t be counted on one hand…
From the elongated, swooping rear end to the majority of the front styling, the X has more than a passing resemblance to the S - and includes Tesla’s now ‘trademark’ enormous touchscreen in the interior.
But Xiuyuan has taken his creation one step further, by venturing beyond the inspiration of Tesla to include one of the 1980’s favourite television cars.
We’re talking of course about Knight Rider’s ‘KITT’, as evidenced by the ‘speech’ LED lights that can be seen in the black front end screen (also optional: a cat’s head, for some reason, or a cobra).
But Xiuyuan is such as fan of the TV star car that he didn’t just draw inspiration from it, he named his car company after it.
Youxia comes from the Chinese name for ‘Knight Rider’. And the operating system accessed through that large touchscreen? It’s called ‘KITT OS’.
If you’re wondering, the Youxia X’s electric motor offers up a maximum of 260kW and 440Nm. Battery options will include 40, 60 and 85kWh, offering ranges of around 220, 330 and 460km respectively.
Youxia claims the 85 model will hit 100km/h from rest in 5.6 seconds. Youxia also claims a half-hour ‘supercharge’ will provide the 85 with 270km of range.
Prices will range from 200,000 to 300,000 yuan (AU$43,873 to AU$65,810) which includes a 90,000 yuan (AU$19,743) green-car subsidy from the Chinese Government.
Production is scheduled to start next year with first deliveries in 2017.
Images via Car News China
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