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Mike Stevens | Feb, 10 2014 | 5 Comments

Tesla’s first SUV, the upcoming Model X, will be offered in all-wheel-drive form only - at least initially.

A quick scan of the Model X’s page at the Tesla Motors website reveals that front-wheel-drive is not listed among the scheduled model options.

Rather, only a pair of all-wheel-drive configurations is shown - namely the Model X and the Model X Performance.

Both feature a dual electric motor setup - that is, one motor at each axle - with one model offering a 60kWh battery pack and the other a 85kWh unit.

Specific outputs for the motors is still to be revealed, although Tesla promises a 0-100km/h time of just 4.4 seconds.

The Model X is now set to commence production in late 2014, with US deliveries starting in early 2015.

MORE: Tesla Model X Revealed


Tesla Model S Nears Australian Launch

Tesla appears on-track to meet its scheduled second-quarter 2014 Australian launch for the new Model S sedan, according to recent customer communications.

One expectant buyer, with a sizeable deposit already being held by Tesla for some time, confirmed launch timing with TMR in August last year.

This month, the same customer received word from Tesla that Australian delivery is slated to begin as early as April - or as late as June.

"In the next month or so, we will be announcing pricing and options for Australia, and will be inviting customers to configure their car and finalize their order based on the reservation sequence number,” the American carmaker said in an email.

It is understood that Tesla has scheduled an initial production run of 500 Model S cars bound for right-hand-drive markets, including the UK, Hong Kong, Japan and Australia.

MORE: About the Tesla Model S

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