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While we’ve seen the Model X electric crossover concept before, the vehicle sitting at the Tesla booth at this year’s Detroit Auto Show is sporting a few modifications.
The main changes to the Model X are with the interior. Tesla calls the vehicle’s cabin an exploration in interior design, and it really is stunning with gorgeous black and white contrasting colors. The black-and-white look is reflected both in the three-rows of seats, as well as the stylish exterior, which features black and chrome accents that show off the white paint. The theme carries over to the vehicles dashboard which is equipped with the same huge touch-screen that was first seen in the Model S sedan.
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The Model X still has those very cool ‘Falcon doors’ and with production slated for late this year, its likely that design will be final.
The electric-only crossover will be available with either a 60 kWh and 85 kWh battery, as well as a handy all-wheel drive mode.
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As Tesla hopes to repay its DOE loan five years ahead of schedule, the American electric automaker will be delaying production on the Model X for at least a year.
Tesla originally was on schedule to repay its $465 million loan by the end of 2022, but announced earlier that it now has a target date of repaying the loan by the end of 2017. Unfortunately, those that are eager for the Model X to hit the market will have to be patient, as Tesla now plans on starting production of its electric crossover to late 2014.
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The Tesla Model X was originally slated to begin production later this year, with deliveries beginning early 2014. However, Tesla is also putting more focus on its surprisingly popular Model S, hoping to deliver 20,000 units of its sedan this year. With more focus being placed on the Model S and repayment of the loan, the Model X will just have to sit back and wait its turn.
GALLERY: TESLA MODEL X
[Source: LA Times]
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By Jason Siu
Tesla’s next project, the Model X crossover, is at least one step closer to reality thanks to a $10 million grant from the California Government.
Grand as that figure might sound, it’s only a small chunk of what the company will need to spend in developing its SUV. Tesla itself is providing $50,200,000 in funding for the project. Initially revealed early this year, Tesla’s largest product to date will enjoy California funding because of the 500 manufacturing jobs it will create in the state.
Said to run from 0-60 mph in under five seconds, the car will be powered by two electric motors sucking power from either a 60- or 80-kWh battery. The brand expects to offer up to 250 miles of range on a single charge in what will be the first electric crossover to hit the California market. It will also offer loads of storage space both in the cabin and under the hood where an engine usually sits.
It isn’t clear when the Model X will be available, but the latest report suggests the project is still moving forward.