Tesla isn't holding its Detroit Auto Show press conference until tomorrow, but there's a new Model X on the stand today. This one is white – and, in a nice touch, it's simply called "white" – and has an updated interior and new wheels. We doubt those wheels will ever make it to production, since they have carbon fiber spokes that are pure flair, not structural.

Inside, the surfaces, materials and colors are updated from the silver/gray model unveiled almost a year ago, with black and white featured in alternating fashion. The big touch screen in the dashboard is the same as in the Model S, but it "floats" (as you can see here) instead of being flush (see this). What we hadn't noticed before is the tight squeeze third-row occupants will feel on their knees (see this).

Tesla representatives told AutoblogGreen that this Model X is an updated design prototype, not even a beta version (the first beta is expected in 2014). That said, the minor evolution that we see here is getting closer to what the production model will look like.

Speaking of tomorrow's press conference, we were told it will mostly be a review of what Tesla accomplished in 2012, even though some of the numbers we're most interested in (i.e., sales) won't be revealed until February. Still, we did hear that the way pre-orders and production rates are going, Tesla is on track to sell 20,000 Model S vehicles in 2013. That's calendar year 2013, by the way, which for Tesla matches the Model Year. We like it when companies keep things simple.


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      24994J
      • 1 Year Ago
      I understand that since the S seats 7, but the X should not.
      Ford Future
      • 1 Year Ago
      The front end has an interesting mean dog look. That will probably sell.
        Drakkon
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Ford Future
        Except you'll never get to hear it growl. It will be a mean dog that goes WOOOOOOOOOOooooooooooooooo
        Giza Plateau
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Ford Future
        It's a panda bear with a small mustache.
      wtrmlnjuc
      • 1 Year Ago
      Judging by the third row seats, looks like it's the same size (or close to) as the Subaru Tribeca.
      Making11s
      • 1 Year Ago
      I'm on Autoblog. I understand that vehicles by the same manufacturer often share platforms, but literally everyone else's platform sharing does a better job of hiding that fact with design and body style differences. You'd be hard pressed to find someone that would say the Explorer looks like a lifted Taurus or that the Pilot looks like a lifted Accord.
      cdwrx
      • 1 Year Ago
      Looks like they took a Model S and inflated it. All the details are nailed but the proportions are completely off. The Model S is a sedan class leader in looks, but this is nothing special as SUVs go. Tesla can and must do better.
        Ashton
        • 1 Year Ago
        @cdwrx
        I agree, the Model S looks great, and I realize that Tesla wants to use the same "skateboard", which is fine, and will help keep costs down, but I don't think the X should use any other parts from the S, it just doesn't look very good.
      Making11s
      • 1 Year Ago
      I love the Model S, but I don't get this thing. If you're going to build an SUV/CUV, it needs a boxy rear end to carry stuff. This just looks like a lifted Model S hatchback with a third row of seats. I love Tesla, but they don't get a free pass. The X6 annoys me for the same reason.
        ThomasP
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Making11s
        The X6 doesnt really bother me because it's purpose is not to haul cargo. But i agree with you regarding the Model X. I feel like they could have made more hatch-like, increasing the cargo space, without making it look any less sporty. In fact, making it look like a proper hatchback may even make it look MORE sporty. Like the Panamera wagon vs the Panamera sedan.
        wtrmlnjuc
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Making11s
        Lots of the parts were probably recycled for the prototype. The beta should look different, like the Model S Concept (2009) and the Model S Beta/FInal Release.
        Letstakeawalk
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Making11s
        " This just looks like a lifted Model S hatchback with a third row of seats. " Well, here's the thing...
        Erik Goossens
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Making11s
        If you watch the original video of the unveiling of the Model X, you see that the trunk is huge, despite its looks. Check out 8:00 on http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZbDdJGpNJpQ And then there's still the frunk...
          Ashton
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Erik Goossens
          Get the Frunk outta here! (i just felt like saying that)...
          Making11s
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Erik Goossens
          Great. So if I take the rear seats out, a family of 4 MIGHT be able to get themselves and their luggage to the airport, assuming the luggage isn't tall enough to get in the way of the steeply raked rear window.
      askroon
      • 1 Year Ago
      Think they need to go back to the drawing board with this one. The bulbous rear end and massive rear doors make the design look disproportional and bubbly. Also the grille looks like a cross between a Hyundai and a Mini Countryman.
      bK
      • 1 Year Ago
      I like everything about the tesla except that flat panel touchscreen. They gotta at least make it so i will not look out of place...
      Giza Plateau
      • 1 Year Ago
      I agree with the cleaner dash and freestanding display. I'd put the display on a swivel and not an integral part of the car. Put aircon on the dash as real buttons and let the tablet be off the shelf navigation, internet and music. People can use their ipads or whatever. Avoid the complexity and proprietary standards. Keep it simple. No gimmicks. Alas, the car shall never be.
      ferps
      • 1 Year Ago
      I am a huge fan of the Model S, and I don't like this at all. It reminds me of the BMW 5GT and X6, the Honda Cross Tour, the Acura ZDX. All are ugly, impractical cars that haven't sold very well. Tesla should make a proper SUV rather than a lifted fastback.
      ebauer427
      • 1 Year Ago
      There's not much legroom in the 2nd and 3rd rows. Looks downright uncomfortable to me.
      Avinash Machado
      • 1 Year Ago
      Nice.
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