Tesla Unveils High Performance Electric SUV
Shown to journalists at its Design Studio in Los Angeles, the Model X is set to go through its final testing over the coming months before going on sale. Tesla said it will be priced to compete with premium SUV models, with rear and four wheel drive versions available.
Powered by two electric motors, the unique electric all-wheel drive drivetrain that allows it to detect slippage and redirect power and torque to wheels with the most grip, but without the usual sacrifice in acceleration or efficiency expected on a conventional car. Performance is expected to rival sports cars, with 60mph reached in less than five seconds from a standing start.
Inside, the car has a luxurious interior with the option of a panoramic sunroof. Tesla’s 17-inch touch screen system controls the usual dashboard functions, as well as running apps and an internet browser.
Passengers are seated in three rows of seats, with access through ‘Falcon Wing’ doors which open upwards to allow enough space for an adult to stand in front of the second row – ideal for fitting child seats. The second row also slides forward to give access to the back row.
Space is boosted by a flat battery pack, located under the cabin floor, and a secondary boot is available at the front of the car, where the engine would normally be.
Available to order now, production is scheduled to begin at the end of 2012 with the first deliveries due in 2013. This summer, Tesla will also launch the Model S sports saloon to an order bank of more than 7,000 reservations. The carmaker said it aims to build 5,000 vehicles this year, before ramping up to a 20,000 unit run in 2013.