Back in October, AutoblogGreen reported 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 9 marks the day the X is to be spotted.

The news comes courtesy of the 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. AutoblogGreen contacted Tesla to confirm, and was 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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      Nick Allain
      • 2 Years Ago
      I would think X would imply AWD. I'd also suspect this will use the latest and greatest in batteries, have two electric motors (one driving front, one rear), and be shockingly awesome to look at. I'd also expect the looks to write checks your average autoblogger can't afford - myself included.
      dinobot666
      • 2 Years Ago
      None of those features really sound like what makes a true green car. These are basically just electric toys for rich people who can afford to have them as a status symbol. I guess the Nissan Leaf is the only true electric vehicle that can make inroads to the general buying public.
        • 2 Years Ago
        @dinobot666
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          Synthono
          • 2 Years Ago
          Tesla is providing an important service, proving that electric cars can be for human beings, not just the miserable self sacrifice brigade who would endorse self-flagellation if they could swing a flimsy ecological argument for it. Yes, they're expensive, it's a small company doing new tech which can't compete with the majors in price, so they (very smartly) went premium for their own-brand products. People who want all "true green cars" to be miserable commuters are why EVs haven't gained traction with the general population. Normal people don't want to live in misery just to have the ability to loudly gloat about how they're so much better than you because they're slightly more environmentally conscious. The Leaf is catching on because it's actually a good car that happens to be electric, I'm surprised you don't hate it because it has the gall to include luxury features and is relatively nice to live with.
          dinobot666
          • 2 Years Ago
          But Tesla is getting government loans to produce toys. Tesla as a company doesn't even have a sustainable business model. That's where I don't agree with what they are producing and how they're producing it.
        Evan McMiller
        • 2 Years Ago
        @dinobot666
        Jeezus you people know no bounds...so driving slower even when all electric is what makes you "grean"? That's the reason people hate electric cars...they're seen as boring, small appliances for boring people.
        Grendal
        • 2 Years Ago
        @dinobot666
        @dinobot666 Tesla has always stated that they intend to produce a car for the masses. But they aren't a multi-billion dollar company and so they have to start with what works. Build a better drivetrain first and work all the problems out. Build a battery pack that will do what people want - go a decent distance. Then build a car around it that is equal to or better than its equivalent car from other manufacturers. Start small, do it right and build up to mass production. Start with high end buyers who can afford your new tech then when you can compete against them build a car that anyone can buy. Seems like a reasonable business plan...
      Trent
      • 2 Years Ago
      The 800 pound elephant in the room is range?
        Domenick
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Trent
        1) 800 lbs? That's a small elephant. 2) I would expect an 85 kWh version will be available as in the Model S, which should be rated for at least 250 miles.
        k9182
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Trent
        If it's roomier than a Q7, it should be a pretty large vehicle, which means they can stuff a lot of batteries in there.
      XJ Yamaha
      • 2 Years Ago
      This will be great to load the family into for a nice long trip to.....oh, nevermind.
      Michael Bertovich
      • 2 Years Ago
      Hip Hooray for another big stupid electric car that no one can afford.
        michaelm
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Michael Bertovich
        Michael, what is stupid about this car ?
      Max Mindel
      • 2 Years Ago
      I'm sure this will look as good as the Model S. It may not come with the same choices for batteries I think though. I suppose that will depend on its weight. If its to heavy to get 160 miles out of a 40kwh battery, perhaps it will have 3 different battery choices that yield approximately the same 3 160, 230 and 300 mile distances or perhaps they will not include the 1st battery choice that is available on the S. Economically I am certain though it will save money like the Model S. If you want to see a comparison of the Model S to lots of different cars, you should check out http://http://teslarumors.com/Teslanomics-Menu.html. You can also read about what to expect on the Model X.
        Max Mindel
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Max Mindel
        oops, error on the link. It's http://teslarumors.com/Teslanomics-Menu.html. Also take a look at: http://teslarumors.com/News.html
      IBx27
      • 2 Years Ago
      I think X goes for AWD too. I'm looking forward to seeing what this looks like and how it performs.
      OfDukes
      • 2 Years Ago
      I recently got all excited about the Model C. My biggest gripe, I don't want a sedan. HELLO MODEL X!!!
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