Tesla Model X Spotted Hauling A Trailer

We’ve got more spy shots! In the latest two, via Teslarati, you can see a Tesla Model X mule/release candidate hauling a big trailer (presumably with weights in it) while hauling ass. Check ’em out:

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It’s been said before, but in case you missed that, Model X towing capacity is supposed to be close to 10,000 pounds. Here are more details from our earlier post on the topic:

a Tesla executive let slip that the Model X will have a Class III towing capacity and will tow “close to 10,000 pounds.”

That Tesla exec was Jim Chen, VP of Regulatory Affairs who was speaking at the Georgia Technology Summit back in April. He makes his comments at around 9:40 in the video linked here (embedding was disabled…) after discussing the falcon-wing doors on the Model X. After noting that this was not a much-discussed feature, Chen says; “This vehicle will have Class III towing capability. That means over 5,000 pounds, actually close to 10,000 pounds of towing capability.”

And he’s not wrong. A Class III rating allows for a Gross Trailer Weight (GTW) of up to 8,500 pounds. So if you have a 1,500 pound trailer you can lug around another 7,000 pounds of whatever. While not quite 10,000 pounds that Chen quotes, a Class III hitch can handle a wide variety of loads, including a medium-sized travel trailer or a decent-sized fishing boat.

It’s really hard to imagine, but the Model X is going to blow the competition out of the water. It is almost guaranteed to be the quickest SUV/CUV ever produced. It will be able to tow 8,500 or so pounds. It will supposedly have some amazing second-row seats. It looks sharp. It is a super-efficient electric vehicle. And it has falcon-wing doors. Elon, you a monster!


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