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2016 Tesla Model X Production-Ready Prototype Spied on I-280 in Palo Alto

Well now, if it isn’t the Tesla Model X we’ve been waiting for a nudge over 3 years now. Remember that February 9, 2012 is the day Tesla Motors unveiled the first ever Model X concept and production was scheduled for “the end of 2013.” Wishful thinking...
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Numerous delays (and customer deposits) later, Elon Musk and his EV-making gold mine told the company’s shareholders and Model X customers alike that the electric full-size crossover will enter production as soon as the “third quarter of 2015,” making the utility vehicle a 2016 model year car.

As you can see for yourself in the photo gallery below, the latest spy shots courtesy of Moriah Mahoney on Instagram and John Donnely on Twitter depict a white-painted Tesla Model X which is curiously mild camouflaged. Neat, huh? However, the purpoted 691 HP / 687 lb-ft (931 Nm) powertrain of the Model X 85 kWh Performance is even more impressive. Just Imagine the 0 to 60 stint this baby is capable of!

It’s not that concept from CES, but a production-ready X casually driving on Interstate 280 in Palo Alto, California, near the Tesla Motors HQ. The Tesla Fremont factory will manufacture the long-awaited X in 60 kWh, 85 kWh and 85 kWh Performance flavors. Besides the D-ified Model S underpinnings and Falcon Wing Doors, what else should you be looking forward to ’til debut?

According to the rumor mill’s spews and more or less official reports, expect the 2016 Tesla Model X to weight about 10 percent more than a Model S with similar powertrain specifications. To boot, the all-wheel drive-enhanced electric CUV is reportedly going to share some 60 percent of its bits with the D-spec Model S. "Early 2016" is the "delivery estimate for new reservations,” since you asked.


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