Tesla Motors has achieved it once more. This California electrical automotive firm has launched its third mannequin, a seven-passenger crossover sport utility automobile it calls the Mannequin X. The brand new Tesla was rolled out on the firm’s design studios in February 2012 and goes on sale in 2014. The brand new mannequin provides quite a few options not present in different CUVs together with Open Falcon Wing doorways and ease of third row entry. The automobile made its public debut on the Geneva Auto Present in March 2012 and is on show at different main auto exhibits all through 2013.
The upcoming Tesla Mannequin X will be part of the Mannequin S, a luxurious sedan that’s the present providing from this EV producer. Its first mannequin, the Tesla Roadster was launched in 2008 and was retired a couple of years later after promoting 2,000 copies. All Tesla fashions are constructed at a California meeting plant.
The Mannequin X is a rear-wheel drive mannequin with non-obligatory all-wheel drive. This automobile is powered by a typical 60 kWh system or an non-obligatory 85 kWh electrical energy pack. The twin motor all-wheel drive system is anticipated to rocket the Mannequin X from 0 to 60 mph in beneath 5 seconds, beating most each SUV on the market and matching the efficiency of many sport automobiles.
The physique strains of the Mannequin X are nearer to a raised sedan than they’re to a CUV. Tesla says that the mannequin has exterior dimensions approximating the Audi Q7, whereas providing 40 p.c extra inside room. Tesla notes that the Mannequin X is designed to hold seven massive adults and all their baggage. Determine that Tesla will place the Mannequin X to compete towards immediately’s bigger European CUVs.
Behind the wheel, drivers may have entry to an outsized 17-inch touchscreen. This function places all the motive force controls inside simple attain and contains infotainment choices similar to audio, internet entry and good cellphone connectivity. Onboard charging info may also be displayed. Leather-based seating surfaces, energy equipment, ambient lighting and quite a few storage compartments will likely be among the many many inside options of the Mannequin X.
Extra particulars in regards to the Mannequin X will likely be launched this yr. What we do know is that this mannequin shares some 60 p.c of its content material with the Mannequin S and weighs roughly 10 p.c greater than the sedan. To realize its all-wheel drive capabilities, the Mannequin X will function electrical motors at each the entrance and rear wheels. Its normal working vary is about 210 miles with a 270-mile vary attainable with the improved drive system.
Using on 21-inch tires, the 2014 Tesla Mannequin X is an imposing automobile. Its AWD function doesn’t imply you’ll want to take this CUV off-road, however it’ll supply the dealing with assurance that competing fashions supply. With its electric-only vary, no emissions, robust efficiency and roomy inside, the brand new Tesla mannequin ought to simply promote out its anticipated 10,000 to fifteen,000 unit construct capability with little drawback.