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2014 Tesla Model X

Updated September 19, 2012

Building on the same drive-train as the Model S, Tesla Motors plans the release of a crossover body version in 2014. Luxury appointments and high technology everywhere you look, and that’s just in the driver’s seat. Onlookers will notice the complete absence of engine noise and tell-tale tail pipes, but only after picking their jaws off the ground at the sheer beauty of this luxury machine, the 2014 Tesla Model X. And did we mention it’s an electric vehicle? Who says you can’t have it all?Model X 17" Touchscreen Control Panel

Interior

The Tesla Touchscreen is 17” diagonal, and is the futuristic centerpiece to the dash, giving quick and beautiful access to vehicle information, navigation, entertainment, audio, video, hvac controls, and more. The beautiful backlit LED instrument display takes over for more archaic dials and gauges showing vital information regarding state of charge and vehicle speed.

Model X’s crossover body style has up to three rows of seating, enough to carry seven passengers total. Depending on your needs, the rear seats fold for more cargo space. Leather seats and steering wheel are accented by fine wood coverings. Heated seats are power-adjustable 12 ways for optimum comfort.

Exterior

Model X Falcon WingsIt would be unfair to all other doors to call these entry points “Doors.” Beautiful and functional, the ‘falcon wings’ open up and out of the way to reveal a low door sill that is comfortable to enter and exit. Access to the the 2nd and 3rd row seats is more manageable, even in confined parking spaces or smaller garages.

Available Xenon headlamps, LED fog lights, electrochromatic mirrors, and convenience lighting make night entry and driving easy and safe. An HD backup camera makes reverse a safer option than ever before. Automatic wireless entry means you don’t even have to touch the car to get in. The smooth exterior line and panoramic glass is accented by gleaming chrome trim and custom alloy wheels.

Drive-train

Most electric vehicles don’t offer much in the area of range and power, in keeping with their smaller price tags. Built on the same platform as the Model S, the 2014 Tesla Model X is available in multiple configurations, the main points being range and power. The standard-range 60 kWh battery pack will give you up to 230 miles range, while the 85 kWh battery pack will give you up to 300 miles.

The available all-wheel-drive performance configuration features the higher capacity battery pack and electric drive motors both front and rear. This particular model beats five seconds zero-to-sixty miles per hour, better than some coupes on the market today.

Recharging

The standard 110-volt charger will return about 30 miles per hour of charging, while the available twin on-board 20kW chargers can recover about 60 miles of range every hour charging. There are also available SuperChargers which are being installed in many locations around the country that can cut that recharge time in half, should you find yourself on the road in need of a charge.

Reservations

Prospective buyers of the Model X will have to make their reservations for the vehicle starting at $60,000 for the standard model, and up to $100,000 for the 2014 Tesla Model X Signature Edition. Deliveries are expected to begin in 2014.

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