The Tesla Model X is reportedly about to enter production in late 2014. Finally, right? It’s been a long time coming for the company’s second large-scale production vehicle. The lengthy delays the Model X has suffered from has made us even more interested to see what the production version is going to look like. But Tesla is now accepting reservations for the Model X and has said that deliveries are expected to begin in the fall of next year. Do a little calculating and it does look like those initial reports of production beginning early next year are all true.
This is huge news, especially for those clamoring for Tesla to finally build the Model X after years of testing and development. We’re a part of that group, too, and like everybody else, we’re very interested to see whether the production Model X will mirror the concept, or go in a more conservative direction.
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The real highlight of the Model X's exterior design are those Falcon wing doors.
The SUV dimensions and configurations remain largely the same with the production Model X. Even the front section’s design looks tantalizingly similar to the Model S sedan. The front grille does look like Kia ’s, but we’re not going to call Tesla out on that so much.
The real highlight of the Model X’s exterior design are those Falcon wing doors. It’s been a while since a company was audacious enough to try and pull something like this off, and yet Tesla looks like its keeping these doors on the production version of the Model X. It’s an incredibly bold move that should attract a huge swath of customers looking for something functionally funky with their new SUV purchase.
Another unique design characteristic of the Model X is the extended glass roof. There aren’t enough clear images, but when we pieced it together section by section, it does look like the glass extends from the dashboard all the way back into the rear spoiler.
Tesla’s really swinging for the fences with the Model X’s design. If the production model sticks to the same script, it’s going to turn a lot of heads.
Even if its fully occupied, there's still ample cargo space to speak of, further highlighting the vehicle's SUV credentials.
The Model X’s interior is pretty spacious. There are actually three rows of seats in there, capable of fitting up to seven adults. Captain seats in the second row are a nice touch, offering each passenger his own space.
Even if its fully occupied, there’s still ample cargo space to speak of, further highlighting the vehicle’s SUV credentials.
Moving to the front, Tesla spared no expense in bringing the wood to its design. Quite literally, too, because the dash has some wood surfaces to complement the technologically advanced Tesla Touchscreen, an enormous display that essentially functions as the brains of the vehicle, allowing you to access and control a huge amount of information and entertainment features on the Model X.
Like every other Tesla model, the Model X prides itself on being a fully electric vehicle with no gasoline engine to speak of. Instead, it has a pair of electric motors that are mounted on the front and rear of the vehicle.
The Model X is also tipped to carry the same battery packs that the Model S, including the standard 60 kWh and a more performance-oriented 85 kWh battery. With these powertrain options in tow, the Model X will hit 60 mph in just under five seconds, a remarkable number for an all-electric SUV.
Tesla has made no indication on the actual price tag of the Model X. Our guess is predicated on the cost of the Model S sedan, which has a starting price of $69,000 and tops out at $93,400 for the 85 kWh Performance Series.
Using that as a starting point, it’s possible that the Model X will sell for about $80,000 all the way up to about $115,000. These numbers are pure speculation so don’t be shocked if they are off a little..
There aren’t a lot of SUVs out there that can boast of the qualities the Model X has. Some are being developed, but most are still in the concept phase. But if there’s one electric SUV that’s picked up some steam in recent months, it’s the Audi Q8 e-tron.
Back in February 2014, Autocar reported that Audi was in the process of developing an electric powertrain technology that could be used outside of the R8 e-tron. That’s when it first broke that a Q8 e-tron was actually in the works.
The Q8 e-tron reportedly comes with a more aggressive design language than the existing Q7. Word of a more coupe-like appearance was actually being thrown around. You know what other electric SUV has a "coupe-like appearance"?
The Model X, of course!
Gallery Audi R8 E-Tron
Here’s to hoping that the Model X doesn’t stray too far from its concept. We know one thing for sure, and that is the Falcon Wing doors will, in fact, be on the production model, as confirmed by Elon Musk himself. We just hope the rest of it carries over from concept to production.
- Falcon wing doors look cool
- The Tesla Touchscreen looks straight out of the future
- Impressive performance capabilities
- We’re admittedly worried about its price
- Is there really any electric SUV quite like it?
- Servicing could be a problem if the Model X is overused