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2015 Tesla Model X: Electric Crossover Will Be All-Wheel-Drive Only

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Tesla Motors' second mass-produced all-electric vehicle, the Tesla Model X crossover, is less than a year away from production.

But we're already gleaning some new details about this model. As our companion site Green Car Reports recently learned, there won't be a two-wheel-drive version of the Model X. Tesla recently revealed that's no longer part of the plan, and that all-wheel drive will be a standard setup in all Model X vehicles.

A Tesla spokerperson cites strong customer feedback and a preference toward all-wheel drive—as well as how the system should offer dynamic benefits—in addition to the natural traction advantages of AWD.

The Model X, which is expected to make it to production with the prototype's gullwing-style 'falcon' doors, shares its platform and some of its underpinnings with the Model S; otherwise it will have what Tesla calls a Dual Electric Motor All Wheel Drive system that should deliver torque to all four wheels without the usual decrease in efficiency that accompanies it for gasoline-engine vehicles.

At the time of the Model X prototype's original debut, Tesla CEO Elon Musk teased a 0-60 mph time of just 4.4 seconds—a second faster than the standard Model S—so we're eager to see what other changes in running gear (and power figures) the new model features.

Check in with Green Car Reports if you'd like to catch up on all the Model X news. And in the meantime, see our full review of the 2014 Tesla Model S.


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