Last night Tesla took the wraps off the Model X crossover, which has room for up to seven passengers and shares 60 percent of its parts with the Model S. The Model X rides on the same platform as the Model S and even comes with the same 230 and 300 mile battery packs as the Model S. Unfortunately since the Model X is larger and heavier than the Model S, its driving range will be about 10 percent less than the sedan.
One unique feature on the Model X is its rear doors, that Tesla is calling “falcon wings.” The Falcon wings may look like the gullwing doors from the DeLorean DMC-12, but the doors on the Model X not only lift up, but they fold in as well. Tesla says that the rear doors make it easier to fit into tight parking spaces.
Tesla says that the Model X “is designed from the ground up to blend the best of an SUV with the benefits of a minivan, as only an electric car can.”
The 2014 Model X will be offered with three drive configurations. The standard Model X sends it’s power to the rear wheels, while the dual motor version has an electric motor for each axle. Tesla is also going to offer a Performance version all-wheel-drive version. According to Tesla, the standard Model X will reach 0-60 mph in approximately 4.4 seconds.
Tesla hasn’t released the official pricing for the Model X, but it will be slightly more expensive than the Model S. Tesla hopes to sell 15,000 units annually once it arrives in early 2014.
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