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Tesla Crosses Over Model X

LOS ANGELES Tesla eager to push electric ever further into the unveiled a practical all-wheel-drive, crossover utility at a red-carpet befitting a movie premiere.

CEO Elon Musk. never to understatement, all but called the Model X a vehicle that delivers we love about automobiles freeing us from the shackles of

We ve created a car that has more than a minivan, more than an SUV and more performance a Porsche 911 Carrera , Musk making his obligatory comparison to a automaker during a small for the press before the formal Thursday night.

It remains to be if Musk makes good on last claim there is but one X prototype, and he wasn’t about to let us it. But the X is an attractive enough automobile, sleek lines, a curvaceous and striking “falcon wing” doors that open wings.

The X is the second mainstream automobile Tesla, and it builds upon of the technology and tooling of the Model S We’re still waiting for the Tesla promises to begin within five months but says it’s time to ahead.

The reason for bringing the X out now, Musk said, is to that we really can do more one car, that we can leverage the in the Model S into another

As much as Musk loves to say his is more Silicon Valley Detroit, he’s once following the auto industry by maximizing the versatility of an existing

The X shares roughly 60 percent of its with the S, but it is a bolder and more challenging effort. It rides on an S lengthened four inches to true three-row seating and for seven people. (The S an optional rear-facing third-row just big enough for children.)

The X an identical version of the S powertrain, a 3-phase AC induction motor and gearbox, to drive the rear But in a twist, Tesla will the option of a small motor at the for all-wheel drive.

The X and the S share the pancake-style lithium-ion battery mounted below the floorboard the axles. But because the crossover weigh 10 to 15 percent more the 4,200-pound sedan, it will 10 to 12 percent less range the 60 or 85 kilowatt-hour packs Tesla offer. Expect 200 miles or so the smaller pack and 270ish the larger.

Pricing is expected to be on par with the S, which starts at $49,900 and climbs to $97,900 (after the federal tax credit) as you add options and a battery.

More striking its spec sheet is the Model X s with rear doors arc upward and outward on double-folding Musk says the design greater access to the second and rows, and demonstrated their space by standing upright one while remaining in the car. cool, but clearly in beta

It took more than one employee to oh-so-carefully close and at one point they didn’t completely.

The tall roof which generous skylights allows adults to sit comfortably inside. And plenty of cargo space at the and under the front hood. the showman, Musk compared the X to the Q7 to highlight the space inefficiency of SUVs.


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See how ridiculous it is?” he gesturing toward the third row of the Q7. can t get in there. It s laughable. There s no back there. You d need to be a

He paused, then added a final flourish, Look at little mouse hole. It s bad.

Yes, Mr. Musk, the X is practical, but it looks a bit like the child of a Buick Enclave and a BMW Turismo.

Tesla took us for a quick The X is everything you’d expect of an vehicle: smooth, swift and There is a satisfying whoosh of torque off the line, which Musk might not be blowing when he says the X will hit 60 mph in a 4.4 seconds.

Interior surfaces are so and smooth as to seem unreal, and we bet on the exquisite wood and aluminum seeing production. But the X, like the S, a massive 17-inch capacitive-touch LCD screen front and center in the and adds iPod Nano-like screens in the steering wheel.

As expect, there was no shortage of gushing over the X as Musk to deliver us a cleaner, greener, efficient future. Even Gov. Jerry Brown was for a star-studded gathering after unveiled the car for the press.

Tesla will build the X at the in Fremont, California, where it is assembling the Model S. Look for it in

Photos: Basem Wasef/Wired.com. Tesla Motors

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