The Tesla Model X whose design was revealed in February, 2012 was supposed to be ready to hit the market by the end of this year. The seven passenger SUV that uses Tesla Model S components has a more family friendly body style using 60-kWh and 85-kWh battery packs. The dash with a futuristic touch screen design, enables the driver to access the information and entertainment on the go.
The Falcon wings are one of the coolest features that open up and out of the way even in narrow parking slots with better accessibility. But these falcon wings stand in the way of utilizing roof racks that SUV buyers would want to use. Though some members of Tesla suggest that roof racks affect the aerodynamics and thus the range of the vehicle. Some of the other issues also include sealing of the falcon wings against wind and rain as well as the weight that scales upto 5,000 pounds. With this heavy body, battery with a 85-kWh would also struggle to exceed more than 250 miles of range.
A bigger battery would help with increasing the range of the vehicle, but the roof rack is still a major issue to resolve. Due to these various issue Elon Musk is now saying that the first model X SUV will roll off in second quarter of 2015, which mean full scale production will extend till 2016. This highly anticipated wait is undesirable but guarantees a polished product.
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