Tesla Model X Appears At CES: Video Walkaround


While its name may suggest smartphones and laptops, the annual Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas has become an important venue for carmakers to announce new in-car technology.

The 2015 CES exhibition floor was littered with cars, including this pre-production prototype of the upcoming Tesla Model X all-electric seven-seat crossover utility vehicle on display at the Panasonic booth.

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While the Model X still won't go on sale for several months yet, Germany's TechVideo has provided a closer look at the car with a short walkaround video.

Panasonic is Tesla's lithium-ion battery cell supplier, as well as an investor in the company and a partner in the development of the carmaker's massive battery "gigafactory."

Tesla Model X at 2013 Detroit Auto Show

Tesla Model X at 2013 Detroit Auto Show

This particular Model X could well be the same pre-production vehicle shown previously by Tesla, and spotted driving on California roads.

The video gives a close look at the electric SUV's exterior and interior styling, with which many Tesla fans are probably quite familiar by now.

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The interior features a digital gauge cluster and a large, tablet-like display--as in today's Model S sedan--and three rows of seating that can accommodate up to seven occupants.

The roof-hinged "Falcon" doors should make getting in and out of the back easy--provided the Model X isn't parked in a garage with a low ceiling.

Model X deliveries are scheduled to start in the third quarter of this year, after multiple delays.

Tesla Model X at 2013 Detroit Auto Show

Tesla Model X at 2013 Detroit Auto Show

The Tesla SUV first appeared in January 2012, and was originally expected to begin deliveries in December 2013.

However, the launch was pushed back repeatedly. The most recent delay was announced in an earnings report back in November.

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Tesla has said it needed more time for additional quality and validation testing. It has not, as yet, shown a final production version of the Model X.

Given the surging market for SUVs and crossover utility vehicles, however, the first Tesla SUV is likely to do well in the market.

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