2014 Tesla Model X: Pricing, Specs and Release DateJanuary 17th, 2013 by Armaan Almeida
[3/11/13 Update: The release date for the Model X has been pushed back one year to Q4 of 2014]
The 2014 Tesla Model X is the first production SUV we’ve ever seen with gullwing doors, and if Tesla can deliver on promises (and stay financially afloat long enough to bring it to market), the Model X should be a winner.
Today, buyers have few choices when it comes to electric crossovers and SUVs. The Toyota RAV4 EV is impressive, but is only available in a handful of markets and doesn’t exactly excel at range. And Ford’s Transit Connect Electric ceased production when retrofitter Azure Dynamics went belly-up. Tesla has become the world leader in electric cars with both range and power, so we expect big things from this impressively styled new three-row SUV.
Performance: Power Plus Range in an SUV Package
The base Model X will use a modified version of the same electric powertrain found in the Model S sedan. That means huge torque, effortless acceleration and a range of approximately 150 to 300 miles, depending on the buyer’s choice of lithium-ion battery pack sizes.
An AWD version will be available, using Tesla’s new Dual Motor All-Wheel Drive system, which uses a second electric motor to drive the front wheels, increasing torque by 50% and providing extra all-weather stability. Acceleration for the AWD Model X Performance will come in under 5 seconds, Tesla says, making the EV quicker than nearly every internal-combustion SUV on the market.
Pricing and Availability
Tesla hasn’t yet released Model X pricing and release date info, and the car shown here is still in the prototype stages. The EV company promises a closer-to-production “beta” model early next year, and we expect the Model X to go on sale in the latter half of 2014.
The California-based EV company’s Model S sedan recently received a price hike, and we don’t expect the Model X to ring in at $50,000 as first reported. Pricing should start at $60-$70k after Federal EV tax incentives for the shortest-range version, topping at around $120,000 for the Model X Performance with AWD and the largest available battery pack.