Tesla Model X is finally here: the ultimate guide (+video)(Read article summary)
Tesla has pushed back the launch date for its Model X SUV multiple times, but the very first deliveries are expected before the end of this month. Here's our complete coverage of the hotly anticipated Model X over the years.
The first Tesla Model S electric sedans hadn't even been delivered when the company announced its Model X electric crossover utility vehicle in February 2012.
Since then, it's become one of the most anticipated new electric cars.
The Model X's incorporation of Model S styling and technology features into a more practical utility vehicle body--along with its unusual roof-hinged "Falcon doors"--made it popular from the get-go.
While Tesla has pushed the vehicle's launch date back multiple times, public enthusiasm doesn't seem to have diminished. Indeed, Tesla now says it has more than 20,000 orders for the car.
Tesla Motors [NSDQ:TSLA] originally planned to begin Model X deliveries in 2014, but like all of its production cars so far, there have been delays.
The very first deliveries are expected before the end of this month, though, so we've compiled all of our related articles for you to peruse.
The newest articles are at the top of each section, with older coverage further down.
The Model X is an electric crossover that's expected to use a platform based on that of the Model S sedan, with some version of that car's dual-motor all-wheel drive system. Tesla has shown prototypes before, so the styling is already somewhat familiar. And, of course, the Model X has those wicked Falcon doors.
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Spy shots and video
Anticipation of the start of Model X deliveries means that every time a prototype ventures out for testing, someone is sure to capture photos or video of it. Activity has increased considerably over the past few months, as Tesla completes final testing and prepares for its promised late 2015 launch date. Here are all of the spy shots and videos we've compiled so far.
- Tesla Model X Prepped For Delivery: Spyshots And Video
- Tesla Model X Spy Videos: Dirt Indicates Off-Road Tests, But What Do Sensors Do?
- Tesla Model X: Video, Spy Shots Of Prototype Testing On CA Roads
- Tesla Model X Photographed Undisguised In Road Testing
- Tesla Model X Caught On Video In Acceleration, Cornering Tests
- 2015 Tesla Model X Prototype Seen Testing On Southern California Roads
Tesla unveiled its first Model X prototype in February 2012, and originally planned to begin deliveries in early 2014. There have been several delays, but Tesla claims the firstvehicles could be delivered to customers as early as this month. For now, follow the twists and turns of the Model X development saga with these stories from the past few years.
- Tesla Delivery Goal Fell Due To Slower Model X Production Ramp: Sources
- Tesla Model X To Arrive In 'Three To Four Months,' Autopilot In Testing: CEO Musk
- Why Tesla Model X Electric SUV Is Late: Range, Towing, 'Falcon Doors'
- Will Tesla Model X Be Delayed Again? Analyst Says 'Reasonable Risk'
- When Will Plug-In Electric SUVs And Crossovers Go On Sale?
- Tesla Model X Was Tougher To Design Than Model S, Musk Says
- 2015 Tesla Model X Crossover Reservations: 13,000, Maybe
- Tesla Model X Electric Crossover Pushed Back A Year To Late 2014
- Tesla Gets $10 Million Of California Cash To Build Model X Crossover
- Tesla Raises $210 Million More In Dash To Produce Model X SUV
- RAV4 EV Not The Only Tesla-Powered SUV: 'Model X' Due 2014
- Report: Tesla Model X SUV Will Be Compact Yet Spacious
- Report: Tesla Model X Electric SUV Coming In 2014
Established luxury carmakers have been pretty slow to conjure up rivals to theTesla Model S, but there are already reports of a few potential Model X competitors. Audi will build an all-electric SUV based on its upcoming Q6, BMW is mulling a similar model, and as Tesla earns more respect from existing automakers, there may be more that follow.
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- Tesla-Targeting Audi e-tron quattro Electric SUV Concept Teased Ahead Of Frankfurt
- Audi Electric SUV To Target Tesla With LG Chem, Samsung Cells
- BMW Mulls Large All-Electric SUV To Counter Tesla Model X: Report
- Do BMW, Mercedes, Volvo Plug-In Hybrid SUVs Compete With Tesla Model X?
- BMW To Build All-Electric Tesla Model X Competitor Too, In U.S.: Report
- Audi Q6 Concept For 'Tesla-Fighter' To Appear At Frankfurt Show: Report
- Audi Q6 e-Tron All-Electric 'Coupe SUV' Confirmed For 2018
- Audi Q6 Electric 'SUV Coupe' Arrives In 2018 Or 2019: CEO
- Range Rover All-Electric Utility Vehicle To Challenge Tesla Model X?
- How Audi, BMW & Mercedes Plan To Compete With Tesla--And Why
- Targeting Tesla Model X: 2017 Audi Q8 e-tron All-Electric Crossover Utility
[hat tip: Brian Henderson]