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What Edmunds Says

The 2015 Tesla Model X is a midsize SUV that utilizes many of the same components as Tesla's successful Model S sedan but packages it in a more family-friendly body style.

Pros

Should have enough range for daily use; sleek styling; seven-passenger configuration.

Cons

Unknown long-term reliability; vertical-opening rear doors compromise cargo utility; out of the price range of most midsize SUV buyers.

Available Model X Models

Base

  • 0-cyl. Electric engine 
  • Direct drive transmission 
  • All-wheel drive 

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2015 Tesla Model X SUV

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What's New for 2015

The 2015 Tesla Model X is an all-new model.

Introduction

Lost among the sometimes hyper commentary regarding the Tesla Model S sedan is that it's simply a very nice, very fast car. It's sleek and seductive, with luxury, performance and price beyond any electric vehicle on sale today. Tesla hopes to extend its win streak with the all-new 2015 Model X, a crossover-style version of the popular sedan.

Buyers who like the Model S but deem it ill-suited to their needs -- too small, too low -- will find a lot to like about the Model X. Its standard third row of forward-facing seats offers true seven-passenger seating, compared to the optional rear-facing jump seats in the Model S. Unique gullwing-style rear doors (Tesla calls them "falcon doors") use dual hinges to reduce opening and closing arcs in tight spaces and allow freer access to the rear seats.

Improved versatility doesn't mean excessive growth, however. Tesla will build the Model X on the same platform used for the sedan. Although the Model X will be taller and slightly longer than the Model S, it won't grow any wider.

The Model X will use 60-kWh and 85-kWh battery packs. A second electric motor driving the front wheels gives the Model X standard all-wheel drive, a feature that will eventually migrate to the Model S. Tesla hasn't released range estimates yet, but says heavier all-wheel-drive hardware and reduced aerodynamic efficiency due to its larger frontal surface area mean the Model X will consume 10 percent more energy than the sedan.

Currently, the EPA rates the Model S's smaller battery at 208 miles of range. The larger unit returns 265 miles. Tesla's challenge will be to extract at least 200 miles of range from the heavier Model X. What probably won't change is the whipping acceleration we've come to love. Tesla claims the Model X's Performance trim level will cover zero to 60 mph in 4.4 seconds, about the same as the sedan.

Like the sedan, the Model X requires compromise. Although the crossover will benefit from Tesla's most current hardware and software updates, long-term reliability is still an issue for this new automaker (we encourage you to follow our 2013 Model S long-term road test updates to learn how this high-end EV performs in daily life). Long-distance road trips also require careful planning of charging cycles, although Tesla's growing network of high-speed charging stations makes this easier. The "falcon doors" also won't please everyone, especially those who'll find no space on the roof for cargo boxes or racks.

The first Model X units should arrive next spring. The Model X should start at around $71,000 for the base model and around $96,000 for the Performance edition (before state or federal tax credits). If you want one, expect to leave a refundable deposit of $5,000 for the base model or $40,000 for the Performance model.

The Model X will have the luxury EV crossover niche to itself, or at least until Audi launches its Q8 E-tron crossover, rumored to arrive in 2017. Check back for the full review of the 2015 Model X, including specs, driving impressions and buying advice as it becomes available.

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