Here’s a first look at the all-electric Tesla Model X. SUV/Minivan. The new model will apparently cost about the same as the Model S sedan (around $57,000), which is going into production this year. At the launch event in California, CEO Elon Musk confirmed that the Model X will start production late next year.
An aim of the model X is to be more family friendly, with what appears to be quite a lot of both luggage and people space. Hm, I wonder if Tesla chose “X” for the model tag to target middle-ageing, reasonably well-off, style–conscious, tech–saavy, eco–conscious Gen Xers with growing families?
The Model X can fit “7 real adults” in three rows of seats, and can also fit their luggage. Because it doesn’t carry a combustion engine, the car is able to have two luggage compartments: one in front, one at the rear. Very handy, as quite a few SUVs don’t have a great deal of luggage space, for the size of car they are. Musk says it trumps the Audi Q7 in that regard, and he owns one himself.
Notice the “falcon-wing” doors. No, not gull-wing, that’s falcon-wing. Got it? Good. Much cooler than gull-wings. When opened, the doors rise up, but not out to the side of the car very much, to allow for parking close to other cars in that tight car park. They also allow for easy acces to the third row of seats, Tesla says.
The Model X is fast, stylish and needless to say, all-electric. It can go from 0 to 60 mph in 4.4 seconds, which Musk repeatedly and proudly states is quicker than a Porsche 911 Carrera. Musk also says they set about creating an electric vehicle that has more functionality than an SUV, that’s cooler than a minivan, and has more performance than a sports car.
What do you think of Tesla’s new offering?
Tesla Model X Images: Tesla Motors, Inc.