Tesla Model X
|Tesla Model X|
Tesla Model X concept
|Production||Late 2014 (planned)|
|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|
210 mi (340 km)
|Wheelbase||116.5 in (2,959 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. Production is scheduled to begin by late 2014.
Initially Tesla planned for production to start by the end of 2013 and for deliveries to commence in 2014.
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 is between 10,000 to 15,000 cars a year.
In August 2013, Tesla confirmed that they "expect to deliver small numbers (of the Model X) at end of 2014, with volume production in 2015."
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 60 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 4.4 seconds, outperforming many sports cars and the fastest CUVs as well. The Model X is available in all-wheel drive (AWD) versions. The AWD versions of the Model X 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 only the models are only available in four-wheel drive.
The Model X has falcon-wing doors (a hinged version of gull-wing doors) for rear passengers which open upward allowing the leading edge of the door to remain tucked closely to the car. The website also mentioned that the falcon-wing doors will make passengers exit the car easier. The Model X offers room for seven adults in three rows of seats and their luggage. For this purpose, the Model X has two trunks: the standard rear trunk and an additional front trunk (frunk) under the front hood where internal combustion engines are usually found.
The interior looks similar to the Model S' interior, though the Model X seats seven. Both feature a 17" touchscreen control panel in the center of the dashboard. Instead of using scroll wheels like the Model S, the Model X features two touchscreens on the steering wheel for multi-function control.
Production and sales
Prices for the Model X have not been announced but Tesla is taking reservations. The standard Model X requires a US$5,000 deposit, and the Signature model requires a US$40,000 deposit. 
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