• Jan 6, 2012
Remember that time back in October when we told you that the all-electric crossover from Tesla, the Model X, would be revealed ahead of the 2012 Detroit Auto Show? Well, scratch that. That information was, apparently, inaccurate. Dubitable. Counterfactual even. Instead, it seems that February 9th marks the day the X is to be spotted.

The news comes courtesy of the nerds enthusiasts over at the Tesla Motor Club forum. A member read in a recent copy of Barclays Capital research report that the Tesla's design studio in LA would be the setting for the Model X reveal. We contacted Tesla to confirm, and were told that, "Yes, there will be a February 9th Model X event."

The upcoming reveal won't have been its first, however. The vehicle was shown to some institutional investor types just before Christmas and, going by a handful of tweets that went out across the internetz shortly thereafter, they were impressed. Quicker than a Porsche 911 and roomier than an Audi Q7, they say. Throw in all-wheel drive and this could get pretty interesting.


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      • 3 Years Ago
      "The vehicle was shown to some institutional investor types just before Christmas..." I'm surprised there isn't photo on the net already
        Joeviocoe
        • 3 Years Ago
        I am sure they took their cameras away before letting them in the room. There is nothing worse than a poor quality leaked photo being the first impression for a luxury vehicle buyer.
      PR
      • 3 Years Ago
      This is sweet. I've gotten sick of the people whining on the internet about "small" EV's (even though some of them are mid-sized or larger). Hopefully this will just be a start of an entire line of SUV's from Tesla, that will grow to include much cheaper models built off of their blue-star platform. And before folks talk about how expensive it is, a Lincoln Navigator is 55K-60K, and a Cadillac Escalade is 65K-75K. A BMW X6 is 60K-90K. This is the market that Tesla is playing in. Each one of these gas guzzlers that is replaced with an EV does MORE to reduce oil use than replacing 2 or 3 small to mid-sized gas cars. So before anyone tries to say "Not Green" (Dan) just realize that you can't get everyone to change what they want to drive, so sometimes you have to "bring the Mountain to Mohammad".
        JeremyD
        • 3 Years Ago
        @PR
        I see tons of high end SUVs like you mentioned around here (Colorado) Considering the price, the market is huge for both the Model S and the Model X. Torque numbers should be impressive too, I wonder what towing capacity will be like.
          Giraffe Sense
          • 2 Years Ago
          @JeremyD
          Towing capacity might be impressive, but the range would plummet.
        krona2k
        • 3 Years Ago
        @PR
        Certain customers should prefer EVs, they're quiet, responsive, smooth and stress free to drive. The only challenge they have are range and cost, looks likes within five years both those issues will be solved (though not together) and maybe within ten years both together. Not a moment too soon either.
        EZEE
        • 2 Years Ago
        @PR
        Hear hear! I know people don't like SUV's (I once posed the question, 'would an electric SUV still be evil?' and the answer from most was, 'yes'), but this is such a no brainer. The price range is perfect, and has the potential to haul families, stuff, etc. The model S is great, but for all of PR's reasons, this has the potential to be a smash hit.
      Dan Frederiksen
      • 2 Years Ago
      will tesla die before it's ever produced.. plus I think it's another product mistake to cater to the careless and wasteful with EVs but it could work. there might be some with half a conscience and enough money. not the right way though. not the fastest way to transition the world.
        Sukairain
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Dan Frederiksen
        So long as it will help with the spread of public EV charging infrastructure and help bringing about faster charging methods, I am all for Tesla. I do agree on the point that Tesla products are still priced out of reach for most Americans today. Average new car in America is $30,000 in 2011, The Leaf remains the only EV that's truly designed for the people. I hope Nissan can increase the range and charging of the Leaf in 2012 and years to come. Still, if I had $65k, I would much rather purchasing a Tesla S rather than a Mercedes E350, BMW 5 series, Audi A6, or Caddy whatever.
          Joeviocoe
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Sukairain
          I think it is a false assumption to think that any company must produce a product for the masses in order to be called a "success". Even if Tesla never brings a $25k car to market, and just keeps selling $100k and $60k cars... they will be profitable.
          Grendal
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Sukairain
          @Joe Very true. Ferrari, Lamborghini, and McLaren only make specialized supercars. They all do reasonably well maintaining their niche in the market. Tesla has made promises for a 30K vehicle. I expect it to come in at around $39,900 after tax credit for the base model. Just like the Model S was $49,900 after tax credit. It would make no sense for Tesla to try and take on the Leaf and Musk is a shrewd businessman and knows where money can be made.
        Giraffe Sense
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Dan Frederiksen
        It's totally Tesla's prerogative to concentrate on premium cars if they wish. There's nothing written in the starts that says they should make cars for the masses, any more than there is for Porsche. And personally, I think that's the much smarter business model. Tesla should stay upmarket, with lower volume and higher markups. They're way too small to do anything else.
        Nick
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Dan Frederiksen
        EVs are expensive to build, so it makes perfect sense to sell them to a more affluent consumer segment to begin things....and then sell them for cheaper as costs come down.
        Chris M
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Dan Frederiksen
        Will Frederiksen Motors die before it's ever produced anything other than hot air? Well, yeah... On the other hand, Tesla Motors has already produced over 2,000 Roadsters, and has set up production for the Model S and battery packs and drive trains for several other manufacturers, too. Tesla is actually doing something, Dan just squawks because they won't build his delicate little dream car for him.
      • 3 Years Ago
      0-60 is not that valuable a stat, from a practical perspective (often it's about gearing): 50-70 is useful (freeway passing, pushing the aerodynamic load). That said, the slowest 2011 911 appears to be 4.9 seconds; the Model S Sport is allegedly 4.4. Does the trick door for the plug have a de-icer (or a way to pull it open if it's stuck)?
      Roy_H
      • 2 Years Ago
      So what's the status for the RAV4 EV? From: http://www.mysanantonio.com/business/business_columnists/g_chambers_williams_iii/article/Toyota-recharges-2012-RAV4-line-2431569.php#ixzz1imQv7az9 No prices have been announced yet for the electric RAV4, which won't be available until December 2012 or early 2013. Toyota will sell the RAV4 EV to consumers through its U.S. dealer network, the company said, contrary to rumors that the vehicle would be available only to fleet and commercial customers.
        Domenick
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Roy_H
        From the Q3 201 Tesla shareholder letter. "Overall,the RAV4 EV development program remains on schedule and should be completed by early 2012, as planned. Thereafter, we plan to begin shipping complete powertrain systems for the RAV4 EV to Toyota, under a multi-year contract of approximately $100 million." I would expect to see RAV4 EV come to California (the only state where it's to be sold) dealerships earlier than late 2012, perhaps June.
      Ashton
      • 2 Years Ago
      Awesome, can't wait so get some sexy pics and juicy details!
      Nick
      • 2 Years Ago
      If it looks as good as the Model S......... :))
      Spec
      • 3 Years Ago
      I'm glad they are working on a cross-over . . . that is a good model type that needs to be represented in EV form. I hope someone also makes a PHEV cross-over for people that don't want a pure EV.
        JeremyD
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Spec
        Mitsubishi is supposedly bringing the Px-MiEV to market in 2013. PHEV with 30 miles all-electric range!
      • 3 Years Ago
      0-60 is an over-rated stat (often more about gearing): a more useful figure is 50-70 -- freeway passing pushing an aerodynamic load. That said, the slowest 2011 911 is 4.9: the Model S Sport is 4.4. I hope the trick tail-light door for the plug has a de-icer (or a handle to pull it open when it's stuck).
      Ford Future
      • 3 Years Ago
      Quicker then a Porsche 911. Impressive.
      Sukairain
      • 3 Years Ago
      Faster than 911! lol @ Elan Musk. Oh I can't wait, Silicone Valley is the future of American automobile industry, and consumer electronics, and telecommunication, and computers......
      markrogo
      • 3 Years Ago
      Time to start saving that $100K for the fully optioned 300-mile version. I expect it will be worth every penny.
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