The Tesla Model X Officially Launches Later Tonight

The countdown to the launch of Tesla Motors’ latest product is nearing zero, as the California-based automaker prepares to officially launch the Tesla Model X pure-electric crossover tonight at 8 PM Pacific Standard Time (11 PM Eastern Time, or 10 PM Central).

It’s been a long road to this point from the original Tesla Model X prototype‘s reveal in February of 2012. The electric utility vehicle’s development encountered multiple setbacks, some of which – it has been suggested – relating to the CUV’s so-called “falcon wing” doors, and the concurrent challenge of ensuring roof rigidity despite their rather small, displaced points of contact with the body.

At launch, just two variants of the Tesla Model X are expected: a 90-kWh “90D” version, and a more powerful “P90D” performance configuration. Models with additional energy storage capacity may follow. A tow bar will come standard, officially making the Tesla Model X the world’s first mass-produced EV with towing capability.

Live coverage of the Tesla Model X launch will be available tonight at the Tesla Motors website, at which point we should finally learn the electric CUV’s official base price. Stay tuned to learn more.

Aaron Birch is an automotive enthusiast and writer/filmmaker from Detroit, MI. As a rule, he only buys cars older than himself.

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