The yet unnamed all-electric SUV is silently performing some tests in the desert in Faraday Future’s latest teaser.
Tesla rivals come and go in the online world, but Faraday Future is here to stay. It’s demonstrating there’s more to it than just a set of nice renders showing that Model S or Model X “killer” some of the other unknown companies have been publishing in recent times. In the case of FF, the Chinese-backed American startup is putting the finishing touches on a direct competitor for the Model X, an all-electric SUV seen here hiding underneath a thick amount of camouflage while doing some fast-paced testing in the desert.
The disguise will come off in January 2017 at CES in Las Vegas where FF is going to unveil the production version. It’s going to be assembled at a new 900-acre factory in Nevada following an investment of $1 billion, which will generate around 4,500 jobs in and around the facility.
Details about the pure electric SUV are scarce at this point - we don’t even know its name – but rumor has it a 98-kWh battery will give it enough range for at least 300 miles (482 kilometers). It’s going to ride on what FF is calling the “Variable Platform Architecture” set to underpin all of the company’s future models. An all-wheel drive layout will likely be available as an option at least, and we won’t be too surprised if the electric SUV will be offered in an AWD-only flavor.
The production model’s debut will occur at the same event where in January this year FF made a splash with its bold FFZERO1. With a total output in excess of 1,000 horsepower, the futuristic single-seater concept was presented as being able to hit 60 mph (96 kph) in less than three seconds before topping out at 200 mph (322 kph). That being said, the FFZERO1 was just a concept to get everyone’s attention, without any plans for a production version.
Source: Faraday Future