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2014 Tesla Model X All-Electric Gullwing SUV: New Info, Photos

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“We’ve got a rocketship next door, and you know as Governor Moonbeam that I like rocketships,” quipped California Governor Jerry Brown, at the introduction of the upcoming 2014 Tesla Model S, gesturing toward the big SpaceX facility next door to Tesla’s Southern California Design Center. “But I also like electric cars.”

Just as Brown has (especially in earlier days) been a political idealist and outlier, Tesla is boldly forging itself a following (and a market), and plenty of interest from the affluent green set, whether or not the mainstream is ready to jump aboard yet.

Falcon wings, faster than a 911

The new, all-electric Tesla Model X crossover, which was introduced on stage by Tesla CEO Elon Musk (also the man behind SpaceX), isn’t exactly a step toward the mass market. But it does take on premium utility vehicles with three rows of seating for up to seven, better maneuverability than a Mini Cooper, and a 0-60 mph time of just 4.4 seconds—that’s faster than a Porsche 911, Musk jeered.

But the real oohs and ahs of the evening came when Musk showed the Model X’s much-anticipated ‘falcon doors’—essentially gullwing rear doors, behind normal hinged front doors.

A secondary motion in the falcon doors’ action allows them to open in a way that keeps them very close to the side of the vehicle—requiring no additional garage or parking width. And as soon as you step onto the low floor and attempt to get into the third-row seat—as we captured Musk doing on stage with the following three frames, we see the point:

Tesla CEO Elon Musk, demonstrating the Model X third-row seat and falcon doors

Tesla CEO Elon Musk, demonstrating the Model X third-row seat and falcon doors

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Tesla CEO Elon Musk, demonstrating the Model X third-row seat and falcon doors

Tesla CEO Elon Musk, demonstrating the Model X third-row seat and falcon doors

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Tesla CEO Elon Musk, demonstrating the Model X third-row seat and falcon doors

Tesla CEO Elon Musk, demonstrating the Model X third-row seat and falcon doors

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  1. There is a video if you are interested.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZbDdJGpNJpQ
     
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  2. So...it's the same basic model as the Model S except a few inches added vertically...Not sure I like the new proportions. Opening the rear doors in the rain or a parking/ garage with low ceiling seems no picnic either. It does seem to be immensely spacious though, but so is the Model S and that is lighter so has better range. I wouldn't wait for this.
     
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  3. Thanks for providing real photos of the Model X, it looked a little odd in the pics provided by Tesla. I'm not really sure about it yet, I'm going to have to see more of it before I render a final verdict, but at least I now know that I'm more interested in buying the Model S.
     
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  4. Ok, I'm back already, after looking at more live shots and a few videos I'm very impressed with Model X. It's actually more SUV looking then I first thought, and the storage capacity is massive. I'm not sure about the falcon doors, like the door handles on the Model S I don't think they should make something simple into something complicated that could fail and refuse to open. Still if I were looking at both the Model S and Model X I'd buy the S, the Model S is versatile like a wagon or SUV but on the outside its a super sexy sports sedan. As for the Model X I'd have to say good work Tesla you've given the auto industry another reason to breakout in a cold sweat.
     
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  5. So the engineering question to solve was: How do we provide access to the rear seats in tight spaces? The answer: Gull wing doors.
    This car will appeal to the those families who want to move the children and their stuff, perhaps a family pet and all the other stuff on visits to Grandmom's house, etc. It's really an electric stuff mover...albeit, rather expensive.
     
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  6. Pretty awesome. But that booger green lighting isn't doing it any favors.
     
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  7. ok
     
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