Tesla Motors makes no compromises in terms of the propulsion system for its future Tesla Model X. The electric SUV will be available exclusively in all-wheel drive along with a package of two electric motors, one for each axis.
After the brave debut of the Tesla Motors brand with the electric Roadster model and continuing the success story with Tesla Model S, probably the most popular electric vehicle ever presented by a car manufacturer, the California-based company prepares to confirm the trend by launching in 2014 the new Tesla Model X SUV.
Tesla Model X – Design & Engine & Price
The news coming from Elon Musk, the 42-year old manager being present at the London inauguration of the first European Tesla Store are interesting: the first electric SUV prepared by the American car manufacturer will be available exclusively with all-wheel drive version. Moreover, its price will not “explode” and will have about the same level as that of Model S.
“The Model X price will be very similar to the Model S. It’s probably going to be a slightly higher starting price because the Model X will only be offered as all-wheel-drive. So it’ll be dual-motor all-wheel drive,” according to the Tesla Motors CEO, Elon Musk.
If the Tesla Model S goes on the European markets around EUR 72,500 (and reaches a top price of €97,550), the future Tesla Model X SUV will probably be available at a starting price around EUR 80,000.
Under the Tesla Model X bonnet will be the same battery system found on the Model S (available at order with 40, 60 or 85 kWh lithium-ion battery pack), but the propulsion will be provided by two electric motors: one for the front axle, the other for the rear axle – Tesla didn’t offered so far much information. The system is officially called Dual Motor All-Wheel Drive and, after the debut of the Model X will be offered as an option on the Model S.
The future electric Californian SUV was anticipated in February 2012 by a prototype with the same name. Tesla Model X interior can accommodate seven passengers in three seat rows.