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Tesla Reveals The Model X, And It Makes An Impression

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On: Mon, Feb 13, 2012 at 11:43AM | By: Chris Weiss

Tesla Reveals The Model X, And It Makes An Impression

Well, Tesla didn't disappoint. After calling its Model X crossover "pretty revolutionary" for an SUV when teasing it, we thought for sure we were listening to marketing hype. But the car does indeed have some surprises up its sleeve.

Tesla introduced the Model X on Thursday night from its California design studio. It also streamed the live event over the Internet.

The new crossover is definitely sportier than pretty much any crossover or SUV we can think of. It effectively translates the Model S' styling into a larger form. The only real visual complaint that we have is that the roof seems a little too round and long - it has a little bit of "large head" syndrome like the 2012 Honda CR-V. Overall, though, we're impressed with how Tesla was able to give us the utility of a crossover while still presenting a car that we don't want to stop looking at.

Tesla also has one more pleasant surprise: gullwing doors in the rear. Actually, Tesla's variant of gullwings is something it calls "Falcon Wings." Not only do these open upwards, but they collapse inwards via hinges to create even more clearance. The gullwings are definitely stylish, and they make perfect sense in a crossover application, providing a large entry for second and third row passengers and cargo. The doors also allow opening in those tight parking spaces where you might otherwise have to crawl out the hatch.

Inside, the Model X has three rows of seating for up to seven. It also has two separate luggage compartments - one in back and one under the hood. The interior includes a Tesla Touchscreen unit and premium materials.

The Model X will come in both rear-wheel drive and dual-motor all-wheel drive varieties. Like other Tesla vehicles, the Model X will offer sporty performance. Tesla says the AWD Performance version will hit 60 mph in under 5 seconds.

Tesla will begin production on the Model X in 2013 with deliveries starting in early 2014. Because it will only offer 60 and 85 kW battery packs, and not the entry level 40 kW pack offered on the Model S, we'd anticipate prices to be higher. Interested buyers can make a $5,000 reservation now.

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Sami18 | 12:26PM (Mon, Feb 13, 2012)

The doors on this SUV are cool i haven't ever seen a car with those unless they were custom, i am pretty sure alot of people our going to like this model.


Stephy21 | 12:37PM (Mon, Feb 13, 2012)

This model is alot different i think it will do well in the market.

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