Tesla Teases Model X crossover


Tesla Motors is gathering quite the automotive buzz with its mysterious Model X crossover. The California-based luxury electric car company is planning on unveiling the Model X at its new Los Angeles design studio on February 9th.

Recently Tesla began sending out invitations to owners beckoning them to attend the unveiling, and included a partially silhouetted image of the car. While we can’t devise much from the image, the Model X looks like it will pack Tesla’s signature sleek design, and appears to closely resemble the Model S – only with a shorter hood, longer measured roof, and of course, a more rounded rear.

When we recently had a chance to jump inside Tesla’s Model S at the 2012 Consumer Electronics Show we came away impressed. If that is any indication for what to expect with the Model X we certainly have high hopes.

According to a tweet by CEO Elon Musk, the reveal will be broadcast live on the Tesla Motors Website. Musk, who historically has never been one to mince words or hesitate from unabashed self-promotion, stated in his tweet, “Most cars are pretty blah. This is not.” What that means exactly remains to be seen, but we are positively intrigued nonetheless.

Another interesting circumstance surrounding the Model X is the company’s collaboration with Toyota. Since Tesla will be providing the electric powertrain for Toyota’s RAV 4 EV , including the battery, motor, gear box, and power electronics we can’t help but wonder if the Model X will share any similar design characteristics with its Toyota cousin.