Tesla Motors will reportedly unveil its electric slated-for-launch-in-2014 Model X crossover ahead of the vehicle's official world debut at the 2012 Detroit Auto Show in January. Previous reports had hinted that the Model X would be unveiled at the 2011 Frankfurt Motor Show. Needless to say, that unveiling never occurred.
The upcoming crossover will be built on the same platform as the automaker's Model S rides on. Tesla chief executive officer Elon Musk confirmed to Autocar that the Model X will be a blend between a MPV and a SUV. Autocar quotes Musk:
Musk says it will have class-leading interior volume, so we'd assume that seating for seven is a design priority, as it was with the Model S. Gilbert Passin, Tesla's manufacturing boss, talked of the automaker's ability to manufacture multiple body styles off the same platform:The time is right to unveil the car. I've seen the latest design for it and I'm very happy with it.
So, perhaps the Model X is but one variant of numerous to come, including the long-rumored $30,000 "mainstream" electric. Will Musk and Wall Street Journal scribe Dan Neil make a bet on the Model X?We can build many models on the same line. The Model S is just one top hat on a platform that is very modular. All our pressing modules are very adjustable and we're working on improving that flexibility even further and making it faster at the moment.