A video surfaced on YouTube last week purporting to show a prototype of the coming Tesla Model X electric crossover driving down a road in Palo Alto, California. Even a cursory glance will tell you that’s exactly what you’re looking at.
The Tesla Model X has been hyped for several years now, ever since it was unveiled early in 2012. But while the crossover was originally to start production by the end of 2013, that start date has been moved back to Q3 of this year following extensive testing, and likely some difficulty implementing the vehicle’s planned “falcon-wing” doors.
As the Tesla Model X in this video clip is moving along at a fair pace, we obviously don’t get to see the side entry doors in action. But the shape and design looks unchanged from those of the prototypes that we’ve been shown already, so there’s no reason to suspect that feature won’t make it onto the production vehicle. The Tesla Model X is slated to inherit its dual-motor AWD system from the D-badged versions of the Model S, and will ship with a towbar, making it the first production electric vehicle ever capable of towing a trailer.