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Tesla CEO Elon Musk has already confirmed that the Californian electric car company will be unveiling its third model, the Model X crossover, on February 9, but now we have the first teaser image of it.
The teaser shows the Model X’s svelte profile and a tiny portion of its grille, though the rest of the vehicle remains hidden.
The teaser was part of an official invite emailed to registered Tesla fans and posted on the Tesla Motors Club forum as well as on Autoblog Green.
It confirms the unveiling of the Model X in full at the company’s design studio in California on February 9, and also reveals that the vehicle will feature a blend of “utility” and “performance”. You can take this as meaning the Model X will feature even more novel items than the already innovative seven-seat Model S sedan.
Tesla plans to build the Model X alongside the Model S at its newly established plant in Fremont, California, the site of the former Toyota and GM NUMMI plant. Production numbers of the electric crossover may reach as high as 15,000 units annually.
Pricing will be set as high, or higher, than the Model S, which has a starting price of $57,400 ($49,900 after tax credits), and it will feature all-wheel drive, though we can't say whether it will be standard or optional.
In previous comments Musk revealed that the Model X would arrive less than two years after the Model S, which puts it right on time with our earlier prediction of a 2013 or 2014 model year launch. This also means that the vehicle unveiled in less than two weeks will likely be a prototype or “beta build” as Tesla likes to call them.
Be sure to tune in on February 9 for all the details.