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Tesla Model X charges ahead at L.A. debut

Tesla Worldwide Debut of Model X on February 9, 2012 in Los Angeles, California.
Tesla Worldwide Debut of Model X on February 9, 2012 in Los Angeles, California.
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Tesla Model X is coming. In 2014. With falcon wing doors!

The electric vehicle factory in Fremont, California currently assembling Tesla Motors' Model S, will soon shift gears (wink) to include construction of an all-wheel-drive, seven-passenger crossover utility vehicle.

The mean, clean, green machine recently rolled onto the red carpet for a celebrity-charged press unveiling that included a cameo by California Gov. Jerry Brown.

Company CEO Elon Musk says the Model X out-paces minivans and SUVs in style and functionality, and out-drives the Porsche 911 Carrera in performance (the public will have to take Musk's word on the last claim for now as only one prototype exists). 

Factoring in the $7,500 federal tax credit, prospective buyers can expect an opening price of $49,900 that hits $97,900 in 6.6 seconds, depending on options.

Wired Magazine -- which called its spin in the futuristic vehicle a "smooth, swift and silent" ride -- has a breakdown comparison of the car's components and technical specifications. Visually, they called the metal mama a "love child of a Buick Enclave and a BMW Gran Turismo."

Delivery of the Model S, the company's first mainstream offering, will happen within five months, the company said. Musk wants "to show that we really can do more than one car, that we can leverage the investment in the Model S into another vehicle.”