The Tesla Model X isn’t news. We’ve known the SUV version of the ground-breaking electric Model S was on the cards but Tesla has just confirmed some details of the upcoming car via its official website.
The big news is that the powertrain has been finalised. According to its updated website, Tesla has chosen not to offer the single motor setup as found in rear-wheel drive Model Ss but, considering market demand, is only offering dual motor four-wheel drive as standard.
Having a motor on each axle means the car has what Tesla calls a “constantly variable torque split” between front and back wheels. In layman’s terms, that means improved grip, all-weather ability and acceleration. This setup will be offered in 60 kWh, 85 kWh and 85 kWh Performance guises with top models offering nearly 700hp and outrageous performance figures to match.
The other notable admission by the company is it’s keeping the ‘falcon wing’ upward-hinged rear doors. These features, normally the reserve of concept cars, look good and, Tesla says, gives easy access to the second and third rows of seats in tight car parks.
Eccentric electric or genuine class contender?
Like the sound of the Tesla Model X but don’t want to wait for its late-2015 release date? Take a look at our aggregated review of the Model S saloon or, if you want an SUV with electric power but can’t stretch to a Model X? Take a look at our review of the Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV.