Inside, there’s the same beautiful, 17-inch touch-screen system that’s in the Model S. While we still haven’t put that system through the paces, it’s far and wide the best-looking, with the best display quality of any vehicle.
All-electric all-wheel drive
The Model X shares its platform with the Model S, with the battery stored flat just under the floor, but it differs in that there’s a dual motor system—enabling all-wheel drive, without the fuss of mechanical linkages connecting the front and rear axles. Tesla says that its so-called Dual Electric Motor All Wheel Drive will help improve all-weather traction without any sacrifice in efficiency or acceleration.
There’s no word yet on efficiency or driving range, but buyers will have a choice between 60 or 85 kWh batteries in the Model X. No word on pricing, either, but Musk has said that this new model will, as an all-electric luxury crossover, take on gasoline models like the Audi A7 in their own price class—so likely, in the vicinity of the Model S, or a bit more expensive.
Production of the Model X is set to begin in late 2013, with the first deliveries in early 2014.