Tesla has revealed its newest electric vehicle, the 2015 Tesla Model X, at its California Design Studios. Tesla CEO Elon Musk stated the prototype crossover automobile on display was the business’s most advanced to appear at a launch so it is unlikely to vary dramatically from the vehicle that will be put into production. The automobile will be offered in both rear and four-wheel-drive versions. The latter packs two independent electric motors – one on the rear axle and the other in the “engine bay” – with a “Performance” four-wheel drive model able to accelerate from 0 – 60 miles per hour in under 5 seconds.
The prototype crossover automobile on display to the assembled media is based upon the exact same platform as Tesla’s Model S however, it is slightly heavier. As a result the 2015 Tesla Model X‘s range is anticipated to be around 10 percent less than the Model S, which has a current range of 160 miles extendable to 230 or 300 miles with a battery pack upgrade. The Model X offers the choice of a 60 kWh or 85 kWh battery pack.
As shown in a teaser image tweeted by Tesla CEO Elon Musk earlier in the day, the Model X’s new “falcon-wing doors” are two-piece articulated gull wing doors. Instead of offering access to the front seats, they make access simpler for those in the 2nd and 3rd row seats – that’s right, the 2015 Tesla Model X has three rows of seating, all front facing, and it’s made to seat 7 adults with cargo space in the rear and front. Access to the rear seats will be much simpler as the doors help to offer adequate space for anyone not tall enough to be on an expert basketball team to stand up in the car.