Tesla Model X
|Tesla Model X|
Tesla Model X at the 2015 CES
|Assembly||Tesla Factory in Fremont, California|
|Designer||Franz von Holzhausen|
|Body and chassis|
|Class||Full-size crossover utility vehicle|
|Body style||4-door SUV|
|Transmission||Single-speed transaxle gearbox|
250 mi (400 km)
|Wheelbase||120.5 in (3,061 mm)|
|Length||197 in (5,004 mm)|
|Width||82 in (2,083 mm)|
|Height||64 in (1,626 mm)|
The Tesla Model X is a full-size crossover utility vehicle (CUV) in development by Tesla Motors. The prototype was unveiled at Tesla’s design studios in Los Angeles on February 9, 2012. The Model X is being developed from the full-size sedan platform of the Tesla Model S, and will be produced with it at the Tesla Factory in Fremont, California.
Production was initially scheduled to start by the end of 2013, and later postponed several times in order for the company to achieve Model S production targets and to focus on overseas rollouts. As of November 2014[update], the company expects to begin deliveries for retail customers in the third quarter of 2015.
Initially Tesla planned for production to start by the end of 2013 and for deliveries to commence in 2014. However, in February 2013, the company announced that production had been rescheduled to begin by late 2014 in order to focus "on a commitment to bring profitability to the company in 2013" and to achieve their production target of 20,000 Model S cars in 2013. As of March 2013[update], Tesla's production target for the Model X was between 10,000 to 15,000 cars a year. The prototype Tesla Model X had no side mirrors, instead having small cameras mounted on each side that displayed on the dashboard, but U.S. safety regulations were not ready, and the cameras were replaced with mirrors.
In November 2013, Tesla confirmed the company expected to deliver the Model X in small numbers by end of 2014, with high volume production planned for the second quarter of 2015. However, Tesla announced in February 2014 that in order to focus on overseas rollouts, the company expects to have production design Model X prototypes by the end of 2014, to begin high volume deliveries for retail customers in the second quarter of 2015. In November 2014 Tesla again delayed the start of deliveries to retail customers, and announced the company expects Model X deliveries to begin in the third quarter of 2015, while deliveries for new reservations are to begin in early 2016. Among the reasons for delay are problems with the gullwing doors and cooling the motors when hauling trailers.
The Model X will weigh about 10% more than the Model S and will share about 60% of its parts content. Tesla Motors expects to offer the Model X with a choice of two lithium-ion battery packs, rated at either 70 or 85 kW·h (the same choices available on the Model S), and expects the performance model to be able to go from 0 to 60 mph (0 to 97 km/h) in about 3.1 seconds, outperforming many sports cars and the fastest SUVs as well. The Model X's all-wheel drive system will use two motors (one for the front and the other for the rear wheels), unlike conventional AWD systems which only have one source of power. The Model X was planned to be available in rear-wheel drive, but the release of rear-wheel drive models was cancelled and models are only available in four-wheel drive.
The Model X features rear articulated (hinged) gull-wing doors marketed as falcon doors. The doors open upward allowing the leading edge of the door to remain tucked close to the car. Tesla's website says the falcon-wing doors will make passenger egress easier. The Model X offers room for seven adults and their luggage in three rows of seating and two trunks, front and rear.
The Model X is projected to offer an optional towbar. The availability of this was confirmed by Tesla's European communication manager in 2013, when asked by Norwegian TV2. Even many hybrid cars lack this option, or are weight-restricted compared to their fossil-fueled counterparts.
Front view of the Tesla Model X Design showcased at the opening of Tesla Motors' Palo Alto store.
Rear articulated (hinged) gull-wing doors.
Back view of a Tesla Model X at the North American International Auto Show
Production and sales
Prices for the Model X have not been announced but Tesla started taking reservations for the Model X in February 2012. The standard Model X requires a US$5,000 deposit, while the no longer offered Signature model required a US$40,000 deposit. As of September 2014 more than 20,000 Model Xs have been reserved.
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