Over in sunny LA, Tesla has taken the covers off of its third car model - the Tesla Model X.

Following the original electric vehicle from the Silicon Valley startup - the Tesla Roadster - and the Model S, the Model X is an SUV that is designed to give soccer moms an alternative to the usual array of gas-guzzling cars of the same size.

Featuring "Falcon Wings", we think it looks a bit like the bastard offspring of a Ford Focus and the DeLorean DMC-12 from Back to the Future but there's no mention of time-travel in the press-release.

What it does mention is the optional Dual Motor All-Wheel Drive. This is a second motor that will give you a smoother ride in bad weather and on bumpy rides. It also increases torque by 50 per cent and power a 0-60mph time of less than 4.5 seconds. Not bad for a family motor.

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There's three rows of seats on offer so you can stuff in plenty of kids and the dashboard looks more like the control panel from the USS Enterprise. It packs a tablet-like device labelled the Tesla Touchscreen; a 17-inch device that gives you full control (with Google Voice integration) over all of the non-driving aspects of the car.

It boasts plenty of media and connectivity options and even packs a full WebKit browser.

There's no official price info yet (guesses are coming in around the $50-60,000 mark) but we do know that shipping will begin in late 2013 to early 2014.