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Tesla Model X charges ahead at L.A. debut

Tesla Worldwide Debut of Model X

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Tesla Worldwide Debut of Model X on February 9, 2012 in Los Angeles, California.

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.