What is Model X?
In 2015, Model X SUV is expected to finally debut. Borrowing many of its elements from Model S, Model X will set itself apart by catering to both SUV enthusiasts and women as well. After realizing that the Model S was too male centric, Tesla CEO Elon Musk decided to create a balance with Model X. According to a report by the Washington Post, women are responsible for buying 40% of the nearly 17 million cars sold in the US. Moreover, almost 50% of SUV buyers belong to the female demographic. Aside from its size, Model X is also distinguished by its unique Falcon Wing rear doors. The electric car is expected to cost between $50,000 to $70,000.
What are its features?
Model X will be heavier than model S, weighing 10% more while sharing 60% of the latter’s content. Model X would be offered with a choice of two lithium-ion battery packs, rated at either 70 or 85 kW·h, while the performance model would be expected to run from 0 to 60 mph (0 to 97 km/h) in about 3.1 seconds. Given its speed, Model X would outperform many sports cars and even the fastest SUV as well.
Model X would feature the falcon doors, a pair of rear articulated gull-wing doors. It would also have enough room for seven adults and several luggage with three rows of seating and two trunks at the front and at the back.
When will it be released?
Originally, Model X was planned to begin production by the end of 2013, preparing for deliveries in 2014. But the initial plan was delayed, rescheduling production late 2014 so that Tesla may focus “on a commitment to bring profitability to the company in 2013” and reach its target of 20, 000 Model S cars in 2013. In 2013, production was expected to make 10, 000 to 15, 000 Model X cars a year. After other delays in production, high volume deliveries for retail customers could be expected in the third quarter of 2015, while new reservations would have to wait until 2016 before they could get their deliveries.