Tesla Chief Designer Says Model X Almost Ready
Consumers have just warmed up to the Tesla Model S, but the automaker is prepping its next wave of T-badged electric cars, including the Model X crossover, and the entry-level Model E.
It's been a while since we first previewed and rode in the Model X at an event early last year, but fast forward to present day, and Tesla chief designer Franz von Holzhausen told German car magazine, Auto Bild, that the Model X is nearly ready. According to the report, all that's left to do is to put subtle finishing touches on the crossover. Production of the Model X expected to start in late 2014, almost a year longer than originally planned. As previously reported, Tesla delayed Model X production to focus on and keep up with the influx of Model S orders.
The prototype we checked out last year featured plenty of details that'll undoubtedly change, such as the side mirror-replacing video cameras and perhaps the falcon-wing doors. However, we expect to see several Model S cues such as its magnificent 17-inch hi-res, multi-touch display. Also from the Model S will be the under-floor battery packs (60 or 85 kW-hrs). The Model S is one of the quickest American four-doors ever built, as proven by the sport-tuned Model S with the 85 kW-hrs battery that accelerated from 0-60 mph in 4.2 seconds in MT testing.
After the Model X will be the Model E, which slots underneath the Model S in terms of size and price. Reports have suggested the Model E will be the entry-level Tesla starting around $40,000 and sell at much higher volumes than the Model S. The Model E is slated to debut at the 2015 Detroit auto show. And it doesn't end there for the California-based carmaker, either. A roadster, a truck, and a city car are also in the books, though it's still too early to speculate anything.
Source: Auto Bild