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Published on January 16th, 2013 | by Christopher DeMorro

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NAIAS 2013: Tesla Model X, Supercharger Make Auto Show Debut

It has been almost a year since Tesla Motors unveiled its Model X SUV to a select group of journalists and bloggers. This year at the North American International Auto Show, Tesla finally trotted out the Model X for consumption by the rest of us lowly peons, and they brought out one of their new Supercharger charging stations as well.

Just don’t call it a concept car or a production vehicle; Tesla calls this Model X a “design prototype”, which means they are wedded to the overall design (including those sweet falcon-wing doors) though details can change. Based on the Tesla Model S platform, some key changes to the Model X include all-wheel drive thanks to an additional electric motor mounted at the front wheels. 0-60 mph time is said to be in the 5-second-or-less range.

Like the Tesla Model S, the Model X gets a front-mounted trunk called a “frunk” and a massive LCD touchscreen control center. Most impressive though is the amount of room those awesome falcon-wing doors afford when fully-open. Tesla claims these doors open in less space than a minivan, though we wouldn’t try opening them in a parking garage. Just sayin’.

We couldn’t get the best of shots because of the constant crowd around the Tesla booth, but we did get a chance to check out the Tesla Supercharger fast-charging system. The 480-volt system can deliver a 50% charge in an hour around 30 minutes…and it looks pretty neat as well.

No word on when the Model X will be available, or what it will cost. But with a backlog of Tesla Model S orders in the tens of thousands, the Model X probably won’t come to market until 2014 or later, though there are reportedly close to 2,900 of these electric SUV’s already on reserve. In other words if you want a Tesla Model X anytime in the next couple of years, you might want to plunk down a $5,000 cash deposit sooner rather than later.

 


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Chris DeMorro is a writer and gearhead who loves all things automotive, from hybrids to HEMIs. When he isn't wrenching or writing, he's running, because he's one of those crazy people who gets enjoyment from running insane distances.



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