Tesla Model X to feature gullwing doors

Article by Anita Panait, on February 8, 2012

Tesla Motors will unveil a prototype of a new electric car model on Feb. 9 at its design studio in Hawthorne, California, even before it rolls out its Model S all-electric sedan this summer. The new electric car, the Model X, will be unveiled at 7pm to journalists, the investment community and customers who have reserved the Model S Signature series.

In a regulatory filing, Tesla described Model X as having "the functionality of a minivan with a design as cool as an SUV." The Model X is based on the Model S platform except that it carries several SUV design features.

The new model is expected to be available in three battery range options and will be assembled at Tesla's Fremont site. The company has yet to announce details on the pricing and exterior finish but expects to roll out the Model X in late 2013.

“It's pretty revolutionary for the SUV segment," said Tesla CEO Elon Musk. Andrea James of Dougherty & Co said the Model X targets the family demographic or “the adventurous single guy who wants to drive up in the mountains."

The model’s doors, which lift up and fold like wings of a bird, is something that some customers want to experience. Theo O'Neill of Wunderlich Securities likes the concept of the doors, which he describes as “the ideal solution for disabled children, or any parent who has to lean over to buckle a car seat."

Tesla Model X exhibits extraordinary style for an SUV which is entirely electric. Its unique design means that due to the unique Falcon Wing doors which open by moving up and out of the way, it boasts a spacious interior that makes it possible to stand up and move directly to the back view of the vehicle. The X has a design that’s quite similar to that of the Model S and the Audi Q7; however, its wheelbase is bigger than that of the Model S.

Where the X is superior is the interior space. It is 40% bigger than the Audi and is capable of carrying up to seven adults with plenty of space for the luggage. Available with all-wheel-drive, it comes with either the 60 or 85 kWh battery. For an SUV, it's already impressive but for an electric, it's all the more so. In fact, the X is capable of travelling from 0-60 mph in 4.4 seconds. Which is faster than a Porsche 911 Carrera.

TModel X benefits from a low center of gravity which grants it great handling performance and a certain style all its own.

Inside a 17-inch touchscreen display is the array of controls including but not limited to onboard charging points, access to the internet, vehicle apps and driver options.

Built at the Tesla Factory in Fremont, California, the Model X stands alongside other premium SUV and with production beginning in 2014.

Tesla is already confident of shipping 10,000 – 15,000 units each year and with these stats, it is easy to see why.

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