Tesla Model X

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Tesla Model X
Tesla Model X front view (16042113157).jpg
Tesla Model X at the 2015 CES
Production Q3 2015[1]
Assembly Tesla Factory in Fremont, California
Designer Franz von Holzhausen[2]
Body and chassis
Class Full-size crossover utility vehicle
Body style 4-door SUV
Transmission Single-speed transaxle gearbox
Electric range

270 mi (430 km)

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.[3] 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.[4][5][6] First deliveries are scheduled to begin in September 2015.[7]


Tesla Model X concept at the 2012 Geneva Motor Show

Initially Tesla planned to start production by the end of 2013 and for deliveries to commence in 2014.[8] 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 its production target of 20,000 Model S cars in 2013.[4][5][9] As of March 2013, Tesla's production target for the Model X was between 10,000 to 15,000 cars a year.[5] 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.[10][11]

In November 2013, Tesla said it expected to deliver the Model X in small numbers by end of 2014, with high volume production planned for the second quarter of 2015.[6] However, Tesla announced in February 2014 that in order to focus on overseas rollouts, the company planned to have production design Model X prototypes by the end of 2014 and would begin high volume deliveries for retail customers in the second quarter of 2015.[12] In November 2014 Tesla again delayed the start of deliveries to retail customers, and announced that Model X deliveries would begin in the third quarter of 2015,[1] while deliveries for new reservations are to begin in early 2016.[13] Among the reasons for delay are problems with the gullwing doors and cooling the motors when hauling trailers.[11]

A special "Founders Edition" Model is being sold to users of the Tesla Referral program. Owners of a Model S that have referred 10 new buyers will have the option to buy this special edition for the price of a base model. The first person to reach this 10 referral point will be given this model for free.


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 (optional 90 kW)(the same choices available on the Model S),[3] 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.[14] 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.[14] The Model X was planned to be available in rear-wheel drive, but the release of rear-wheel drive models was cancelled and models will only be available in four-wheel drive.

The Model X features rear articulated (hinged) gull-wing doors marketed as falcon doors.[15] 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.[5]

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.[16] Even many hybrid cars lack this option, or are weight-restricted compared to their fossil-fueled counterparts.

The driving range of the Tesla X is expected to be between about 170 to 230 miles (270 to 365 kilometers) before a recharge is needed.[17]

Production and sales[edit]

Prices for the Model X have not been announced but Tesla started taking reservations for the Model X in February 2012.[18] The standard Model X requires a US$5,000 deposit, while the no longer offered Signature model required a US$40,000 deposit.[5] More than 20,000 Model Xs have been reserved,[19] and the company confirmed in August 2015 in its Second Quarter 2015 Shareholder Letter that the first deliveries to customers will be be made in September 2015.[7]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b Sebastian Blanco (2014-11-05). "Tesla Model X delayed, again, but Musk says Model S demand remains high". Autoblog Green. Retrieved 2014-11-05. 
  2. ^ "2014 Tesla Model X - First Look". Road and Track. Retrieved 2012-03-14. 
  3. ^ a b Garrett, Jerry (2012-02-09). "Tesla Unveils Model X at Its Southern California Design Studios". The New York Times. Retrieved 2012-02-10. 
  4. ^ a b Ronald D. White (2013-03-08). "Tesla plans to repay loans early, delays Model X". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 2013-03-10. 
  5. ^ a b c d e Bradley Berman (2013-03-12). "Tesla Model X Production Won’t Start Until Late 2014". The New York Times. Retrieved 2013-03-12. 
  6. ^ a b Young, Angelo (2013-11-06). "Tesla Model X Release Date: Superficial Production Next Year; Deliveries To Customers In Full Effect Later". International Business Times. Retrieved 2014-01-01. 
  7. ^ a b Tesla Motors (2015-08-05). "Tesla Motors – Second Quarter 2015 Shareholder Letter" (PDF). Tesla Motors. Retrieved 2015-08-05.  Model X remains on track for start of deliveries in late Q3 2015. The first units will be delivered in September 2015
  8. ^ "Geneva show: Tesla Model X". Autocar. Retrieved 2013-03-14. 
  9. ^ Jay Cole (2013-03-09). "Tesla Delays Model X Production To "Late" 2014". InsideEVs.com. Retrieved 2013-03-10. 
  10. ^ CHM Revolutionaries: An Evening with Elon Musk. YouTube. 5 February 2013. 
  11. ^ a b Voelcker, John (9 February 2015). "Why Tesla Model X Electric SUV Is Late: Range, Towing, 'Falcon Doors'". Green Car Reports. Retrieved 8 April 2015.  Page 2
  12. ^ Jeff Cobb (2014-02-19). "Tesla Posts Strong Q4 Earnings; Projects More Growth This Year". HybridCars.com. Retrieved 2014-02-20. 
  13. ^ "Tesla Model X" Tesla
  14. ^ a b "Model X". Tesla Motors. Retrieved 23 August 2012. 
  15. ^ Tesla unveils gull-wing electric SUV: Model X. San Francisco Chronicle, May 7, 2013. The second-row doors "are like gull-wing doors, but we call them 'falcon-wing' doors," Musk said at the unveiling.
  16. ^ "What Norwegians look for in an electric luxury SUV: Towbar & skibox". October 27, 2013. Retrieved June 10, 2014. 
  17. ^ "Tesla Model X". Retrieved 2015-07-05. 
  18. ^ "Tesla Model X Reservations Hit 500 in 24 Hours - HybridCars.com". HybridCars.com. 
  19. ^ Danny King. "Tesla Model X reservations 20,000 strong and counting". Autoblog. 

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