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Model X will have falcon wing doors says Musk

Tesla CEO Elon Musk was on hand recently at a Q&A session in Norway and he offered up some information on current and future Tesla vehicles.
 
One of the vehicles that Musk talked about was the upcoming Model X. Musk explained that the Model X will have the same wheelbase as the Model S, and that its length will be within 2” of the sedan. The Model X, however, will be quite a bit taller given that it’s a crossover (and to provide additional headroom for the third-row passengers).
 
Since the Model X will be heavier than the Model S, Tesla figures that the X will have about 10% higher energy consumption.


Tesla Model X Concept
 
Musk also stated that the production Model X would definitely retain the "Falcon Doors" for rear seat occupants. The rear doors are hinged in the roof instead B-pillar, which should allow for easier entry/exit in tight parking spaces. All-wheel-drive will be standard on the Model X with a separate electric motor driving the front wheels.
 
Speaking of AWD, the Model S will receive AWD as an option once the Model X goes into production. Tesla promises that AWD versions of the car will have the same driving range as the current RWD version; something that rarely (if ever) occurs with gasoline- or diesel-powered vehicles.


Tesla Model S
 
“Typical experience of AWD is that the efficiency will be worse. We've worked really hard to not have that same effect,” explained Tesla CTO JB Straubel. “We found some clever ways with dual motor AWD, not just mechanical linkage. To make that an efficiency neutral option breakthrough. Flat efficiency tradeoff.”
 
Software updates coming to the Model S will add a hill-hold function and allow manual selecting of ride height over a wider range of speeds.  Feature updates coming down the road will include guidance lines on the backup camera, adaptive cruise control, and Musk also promised that Model S cars coming off the line in the near future would have more comfortable front seats. The new seat can be retrofitted into existing cars.

Source: Tesla Motors Club



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RE: One thing...
By McGaiden on 2/11/2014 4:16:13 PM , Rating: 1
Their stated aim was 2016 and 2017 as last resort.

In a recent interview, their design chief went out on a limb and said we could see one in early 2015.
(Source: http://green.autoblog.com/2013/12/16/tesla-model-e...

The company came back to the press and essentially denied what he said. It was a moment of candor from his side, so it's likely they are aiming for a 2015 release but don't want to commit to one because they understand it's better to underaim and overperform than the other way 'round.

Nevertheless, we should probably realistically expect Model E in 2016 and possibly as soon as 2015 if we're lucky. There's still almost 2 years to the last few months of 2015 if they are aiming for a pre-Christmas release.


RE: One thing...
By flyingpants1 on 2/11/2014 5:00:55 PM , Rating: 2
quote:
it's likely they are aiming for a 2015 release


Did you not read the article you linked? It says the Model E might be shown at an auto show in 2015. Not released.

When it was announced in 2012, the Model X was supposed to start delivery in 2013, volume in 2014. Haven't even seen the production model yet. Expect delays.

The battery factory is a requisite for the Model E and it's not even close to being built yet. I'm saying Q1 2018.


RE: One thing...
By Reclaimer77 on 2/11/14, Rating: -1
RE: One thing...
By flyingpants1 on 2/11/2014 6:05:15 PM , Rating: 2
Yes, just like the Model S and Roadster were vaporware.


RE: One thing...
By Spuke on 2/11/2014 6:36:47 PM , Rating: 1
quote:
Yes, just like the Model S and Roadster were vaporware.
No, none of those were vaporware. Again, making sh!t up.


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