Perhaps the biggest reveal of 2012 for fans of luxury performance all-electric vehicles (or, perhaps, anyone automotively inclined with a pulse) is set for the 9th of February when Tesla Motors pulls the shroud from its Model X crossover at its new Los Angeles design studio. And now, we have been given a strong hint of what to expect.

The upstart California startup has just sent out a new version of its invitation to customers, and included on the summons is a partially-silhouetted image of something seemingly very sleek and very sexy. Indeed, it must be the Model X. While there is some of the same design language used in the Model S sedan, the teaser suggests a vehicle with a shorter hood, a taller roof and less-pronounced creases in its sheet metal.

While we'll have a presence at the event, you can witness the unveiling in real time from the comfort of your own home. CEO Elon Musk has tweeted that the reveal will be shown live on the Tesla Motors website at 8:00 pm (we presume that's Pacific Standard Time). He also adds, "Most cars are pretty blah. This is not."

After seeing the image above and adding the "Quicker than a Porsche 911 and roomier than an Audi Q7" statement we've heard previously to the equation, we're going to give him the benefit of the doubt. For now.


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      JeremyD
      • 3 Years Ago
      I got to sit in the Model S last night with my wife at the Tesla store... what an amazing car. The pictures dont do the car justice, you have to see it in person. Anyway, I asked the wife what she thought of the car, if she was interested in us getting one. She said she loves the car, but wants something more like an SUV. I guess we are in luck! So far out next car may be the Model X, the Mitsu PHEV SUV, or maybe even the AMP Jeep.
        2 Wheeled Menace
        • 3 Years Ago
        @JeremyD
        Haha.. you came back with the same healthy glow from the Tesla store as i did, eh? I think they do really have something here. Especially since these cars are very competitively priced against their luxury internal combustion bretheren. ( ever priced out a BMW 5 series? ... )
        goodoldgorr
        • 3 Years Ago
        @JeremyD
        So you're interrested to buy, i knew that this were a shopping website.
          Chris M
          • 3 Years Ago
          @goodoldgorr
          Yes, they're interested in buying, but they aren't going to order here, they will go to a Tesla store or the Tesla website to do their shopping.
          goodoldgorr
          • 3 Years Ago
          @goodoldgorr
          Don't harrass the shoppers doing their shopping in autobloggreen.
        marcopolo
        • 3 Years Ago
        @JeremyD
        @JeremyD Very interesting how your wife preferred the SUV. SUV's seem to have become the preferred vehicle for wives! The misconception among female motorists that SUV are safer, and "I can see all around" seems to have a lot to do with 'empowerment' ..........
          Letstakeawalk
          • 3 Years Ago
          @marcopolo
          It's a "womb replacement" vehicle - kind of like how sports cars are referred to as "male appendage extensions". SUVs are seen as large and comforting, capable of carrying your brood safely in any condition. That's why women like them.
          JeremyD
          • 3 Years Ago
          @marcopolo
          LOL, very true... that and the fact that SUVs typically cost more!
          Grendal
          • 3 Years Ago
          @marcopolo
          SUV's are a girls best friend! If she's willing to go electric, my wife would want an X over an S.
        PR
        • 3 Years Ago
        @JeremyD
        Don't forget the upcoming Toyota RAV4 EV....
          JeremyD
          • 3 Years Ago
          @PR
          Thats another consideration... but I think the RAV is only available to a limited market AFAIK.
          mchlrus1
          • 3 Years Ago
          @PR
          Model x >ugly rav
      Brian H
      • 3 Years Ago
      Yeah, I downloaded the image and fiddled the brightness and contrast a bit. Definitely a crossover, with dramatic styling. http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7025/6794219563_d550c365e9_m.jpg
      Joeviocoe
      • 3 Years Ago
      Haha... did anybody notice that the Premiere event for the Model X is going to be at Elon's Space X facility?
        Brian H
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Joeviocoe
        That's because Elon will be camped out there tracking the Dragon, which launches Feb 7.
        Joeviocoe
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Joeviocoe
        oops aparently Tesla has a design studio in the same place Hawthorne
        Grendal
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Joeviocoe
        It's the same place they premiered the Model S to the public.
        Grendal
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Joeviocoe
        I wish it were launching the 7th but they have recently delayed the lauch citing the fact they need to do some more tests to the Dragon. That spacecraft has got to be 100 times more complex than a car. I really hope it succeeds when they do launch it.
      Letstakeawalk
      • 3 Years Ago
      Wow, 0-60 in less than 4.6 seconds? That's pretty impressive - but I'm not sure why they would make the Model X faster than the Model S...
        Sean
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Letstakeawalk
        I'm guessing that both front and rear axles on the X will have a drive-train similar to what the S has on its rear axle.
          Roy_H
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Sean
          I believe that is a stated option.
        Joshua Santos
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Letstakeawalk
        They highest-end Model S does 0-60 in 4.4 seconds.
          Letstakeawalk
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Joshua Santos
          Some sites clock the Porsche Carerra at 4.6 to 62, others say 4.4 to 60. I went with the higher estimate... I imagine that would *not* be the base Model X, but the ToTL that would even match the speed of the ToTL Model S. Still, it staggers my mind...
      Grendal
      • 3 Years Ago
      I don't understand why you think an SUV, and actually this is a CUV, is not a good move. I'm currently looking out at a parking lot in the US and over half the vehicles I see are SUV's or SUV-like vehicles. So that tells me that there is a huge market for that type of vehicle. And to disregard that market would be a bad business decision... They are not light and certainly less aerodynamic than a car but they are what people want and are willing to pay for.
      josephdennie
      • 3 Years Ago
      I would love to see electric cars like the tesla and others gain a foot hold and soon before gas gets to 10 dollars a freakin gallon and its looking more and more that way given how iran is still wanting to close the straigt of hormuz due to the united states sanctions.. I wish i could light a fire under the feet of these automobile manufacturers and get them moving faster. We have to resolve our energy crisis and soon. A big thumbs up for tesla as far as im concerned.
      Smith Jim
      • 3 Years Ago
      There are rich people like Larry David who can afford any car in the world yet he chooses to drive a Prius. The problem is that Larry David is a rare exception. Too many people make their car-buying decision based on low self esteem. These people feel the need to drive a status symbol. This is why I think it's a great idea to manufacture and sell green vehicles for rich people.
      Roy_H
      • 3 Years Ago
      Very good marketing. I don't think anyone really buys an SUV for sub 5 second acceleration to 60mph, but just making it available adds pizzas. And it's easy to do since it is build on the Model S platform. 99% will not bother with this highest end performance option, but just the fact that it is optional helps sales of the lower performing versions. I think the 4 wheel drive version will be very exciting because most braking is done by the front wheels. This will allow the Model X to recover more energy via re-generative braking than the Model S. It could go a long way to making the economy of the Model X similar to the Model S despite larger size, stop-and-go city driving may have the same range.
        Brian H
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Roy_H
        The X is not expected to go sub-5; you're thinking of the S-Performance model. And no free pizzas. It's got enough pizzazz without them.
          Letstakeawalk
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Brian H
          "Quicker than a Porsche 911 and roomier than an Audi Q7" Are they talking about the X, or aren't they? If so, then at least the ToTL X will be sub-4.6 sec.
        PeterScott
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Roy_H
        Actually FWD vs RWD regen isn't that different. Because under light braking the car is free rolling and you don't need to balance the car by braking at both axles. Under heavy braking, you need to brake at both axles and you need friction brakes, so most energy is lost. The more you drive an EV the more you will likely learn to stay away from heavy braking except in emergencies. But AWD does capture significantly more as aren't throwing away regen at one axles. The one paper I read on this had numbers like this for recovered energy in real world regen: RWD: 10% FWD: 13% AWD: 19% But the difference in net energy usage over the course was smaller than that because it was swamped by overall energy requirements. So AWD will help the Model X, but I don't expect it will catch the Model because the greater mass/poorer aerodynamics will swamp the AWD regen benefits. I remember Elon mentioning the possibility of an AWD model S. Now that might beat the base Model S in stop and go economy, since it would have the same Aero and only a small weight penalty.
      Dan Frederiksen
      • 3 Years Ago
      very rounded look. maybe finally some emphasis on aerodynamics. although an SUV is somewhat antithesis to aerodynamics. if nothing else it should be interesting to see. looks oddly bubbly
        Grendal
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Dan Frederiksen
        I'm sure aesthetics comes first, but Elon isn't stupid and knows that more range = more sales. And as you know, aerodynamics is important when it comes to energy efficiency... So unless they come up with an inexpensive, small sized, and long range pack in the near future, the emphasis for electric car makers will be to create a lightweight, energy efficient vehicle to maximize the range. But time will tell...
          Dan Frederiksen
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Grendal
          oh I know the importance : ) I also know that everyone is oblivious of the importance. but it might slowly be dawning on Elon. in some faint way.
      Grendal
      • 3 Years Ago
      What little we see looks pretty good and very curvy for aewrodynamics. The Model S had a Cd of .22. I bet the X comes in around .28 Cd or less. And will it use the same size packs? If yes, then 140, 210, and 260 mile packs? And will it have the 17" touch screen or something similar? We know it will use the same skateboard as the S.
        Dan Frederiksen
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Grendal
        model S is not .22 afaik.
          Dan Frederiksen
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Dan Frederiksen
          at first they said 0.27. has the 0.22 been said other places than the forbes article? 0.22 would be quite good. I'm skeptical of that number.
          Sean
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Dan Frederiksen
          According to Wikipedia it is http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Automobile_drag_coefficient
          Grendal
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Dan Frederiksen
          It's what Elon has said in interviews. I suppose he could be lying but that wouldn't make much sense over what most people consider a non-important selling point.
          JakeY
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Dan Frederiksen
          http://money.cnn.com/galleries/2011/autos/1111/gallery.tesla_model_s_electric/2.html CNN Money has the same number. You are right that earlier on in development, the number given out was .27. Now apparently the number given out is 0.22. However, I haven't seen that number attached directly to a Tesla press release or spec sheet, so that number may not be "official" yet. 0.27 is already excellent for a sedan with this kind of styling. 0.22 would be amazing.
      HVH20
      • 3 Years Ago
      Anyone else having a model x release party?
      EZEE
      • 3 Years Ago
      Nifty. It occurs to me that tesla has two interesting things going or it. The S and the X compete, with no apologies, with their ICE brethren. The 2nd...a takeoff on the first. Since an electric, at least for now, will be more expensive than an ice, why not make the content and performance that, or better than the standard ICE car. In other words, instead of going cheap, build it in a range where it can realistically compete? The volt, for example, really would be served well to have a caddy version. The caddy version could compete with the three series, and have the cache of the caddy logo. Produced in the right numbers, how could it not succeed?
        Giraffe Sense
        • 3 Years Ago
        @EZEE
        Agreed on the Volt. But Tesla already is tackling the higher end of the market. Their models offer pretty impressive performance, on par with current ICE premium cars.
          Brian H
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Giraffe Sense
          As far as 'more expensive', have a look at TeslaRumors.com . It gives TCO for various S versions vs. every model of every manufacturer. Bottom line, it costs less after 5 yrs, and much less after 10 yrs., than any car even remotely comparable
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