The Tesla Model X is an all-new battery electric crossover vehicle.
The new model will aim to follow the success of the Model S premium sport sedan that initially debuted in 2012. It will combine leading EV technology with a premium driving experience in a crossover design capable of seating up to 7 passengers.
The Model X will come with an all-wheel drive system based on the dual-motor design that debuted on the 2015 Model S. Official specs and fuel economy estimates have not yet been released, but we know the Model S 70D with dual motors comes with a 70 kWh battery good for up to 240 miles of driving range and a 0-60 mph time of 5.2 seconds. Stay tuned for more detailed information closer to launch.
Perhaps the most notable exterior feature will be a four-door liftback design with distinctive "falcon-wing" doors. Little is currently known about interior equipment, although it's reasonable to expect a continued emphasis on technological integration akin to the excellent large touchscreen found in the Model S.
Pricing & Release Date
Official pricing for the Model X has not yet been released. Tesla has begun taking orders on their website for those willing to plunk down a $5,000 deposit. Shoppers should note this is double the $2,500 deposit required on the Model S.
A stipulation in Tesla's order policy states "base vehicle and option pricing may not be available at the time of your reservation." This isn't stopping buyers from submitting orders, however- according to Green Car Reports, Tesla is reportedly claiming that around 15,000 buyers have placed orders.
Rumors have swirled about production delays. However, as of a shareholder meeting in June, Tesla CEO Elon Musk stated that initial deliveries would begin "within a few months." According to the Tesla website, new reservations currently carry an estimated delivery time frame of early 2016.
Check out the 2012 debut of the Model X in the video below. Skip to 15:15 for the best part.