SPOTTED IN ACTION: Tesla's Model X could make its debut towards the end of 2015. Image: Automedia
Tesla is gearing to launch its first battery-powered SUV – the Model X. Spy photographers captured images of the new SUV is near production guise.
It is powered by front and rear electric motors that, says Tesla, "shift power from one to the other." Tesla claims its SUV can reach 100km/h in 4.4 seconds and has a claimed battery range of 482km.
The styling of the Model X is based on the Model S sedan. Inside, a large touchscreen display dominates the centre-console as it does in the sedan. Tesla says its new SUV can seat seven.
The new Model X will be equipped with "falcon doors", similar to gullwing doors but with a hinge in the middle. Tesla CEO and founder, Elon Musk explains that falcon-wing doors are different from gullwing doors, in that they open “more up than out”.
The reason for its falcon doors? Musk says it allows them to be opened in tight spaces while offering better access to the rear and third row of seats.
IMAGE GALLERY: 2015 Tesla Model X
Expect the Model X to launch with Tesla's new user interface scheduled for software update 7.0, also appearing in the Model S. All-Wheel Drive is expected to be standard, a system that is available in the Model S 85 and P85D.
Tesla reports its the new Model X could be revealed towards the end of 2015.