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Tesla Model X photos emerge; official release September 29

Tesla Model X photos emerge; official release September 29 image

Text: Anton Andres / Photos: Tesla Motors | posted September 03, 2015 12:28

Tesla now accepting reservations for Model X

Members of the Tesla Motors Club have begun sharing production model photos of the Tesla Model X. The online configurator for the Model X is now up but only accessible to those placing an order for the all-electric crossover.

The Model X is Tesla's first crossover and, according to the company, shares about 60% of Model S components. Pictured in the configurator is the top of the line Signature Series. Among the standard features in the top of the line model include an Autopilot self-parking system, leather seats with heating and cooling options, two flat-folding third row seats for adults and many more. Tesla is also offering an incentive for current Tesla owners with the Founder's Edition. Model S owners that have referred ten new buyers will have the option to buy the Founder's Edition at base model prices. The first person to reach this 10 referral point will be given this model for free.

Model X rear

For its exterior design, not much has changed from its concept model shown back in 2012. It still retains the coupe-like roofline, along with the low profile wheels and raised ground clearance. All in all, the Model X shares many design features with its sedan counterpart, the Model S. Another key feature retained from the concept are the Falcon doors.

For models fitted with the 90 KwH battery pack, the Model X has two electric motors with 259 PS powering the front wheels and 503 PS powering the rear wheels. Tesla claims a zero to 100 km/h time under four seconds and a top speed of 250 km/h. Range estimate for the Model X is at 386 kilometers on a single charge. Ludicrous Mode is a $10,000 option.

Model X interior

Inside, it features the touch panel seen in the Model S. The panel controls many of the interior functions and also serves as the crossover's infotainment system. All in all, the interior will be familiar to Model S owners. Unlike the Model S however, the Model X offers a forward facing third row seats whereas the Model S comes with rear facing jump seats. Both second and third row fold flat into the floor and utility it further enhanced with Tesla's front trunk enthusiasts call the 'Frunk'.

To avail of a Model X, a $5,000 deposit is required while those ordering a $132,000 'Signature Series' model will have to make a deposit of $40,000. The first batch of Tesla Model X will be be handed over to customers on September 29 at their Fremont plant, according to a tweet by CEO Elon Musk.