Few cars have captured the imagination like the Tesla model S. The all-electric super saloon keeps cropping up in films and television series, with the occasional YouTube video showing it destroying supercars in quarter mile drag races or pinning a mobile phone to the seat back under acceleration.
An SUV version has been in the works for a couple of years now, touring the motor show circuit, but it seems like the car is finally ready for production later this year. Interest piqued? Read on…
Not all details are available for the Model X just yet, but one thing we do know is the powertrain. The Model X will pack the same 60 or 85kWh lithium-ion battery packs as the Model S, but exclusively powering all four wheels.
We don’t have any specifications on the motors yet but, considering the X is directly developed from the S, we’d be surprised if it was very different – which means the X could offer between 300hp and 700hp. That should allow for some alarming 0-60mph times – the Model S does it in as little as 3.2 seconds.
You should still be able to enjoy a 300-mile range in familiar Tesla-style, with interior trappings like that large, central tablet. One notable departure from the norm though is a pair of gullwing rear doors.
The rear doors could be useful though, as they allow easier access to the rear row of seats. The Model X is a seven-seat SUV and, with the battery pack housed in the floor, there ought to be plenty of room for occupants.
New Tesla Model X price and release date
With the UK launch scheduled for early 2016, prices aren’t available for the Model X yet – estimates put it at roughly equivalent to the cost of the Model S. That means a range from £55k to £85k before the government £5,000 EV grant.