It's not a secret that Tesla's oft-delayed Model X crossover will finally be in customers' hands this month, and now we've got an event to go along with the launch: next Tuesday, September 29th in Fremont, California — home of Tesla's factory. It's expected that Tesla will lay out pricing and options for the X at that time. Early deposit-holders have already been invited by the company to spec out their vehicles on a private site, but that's been for the limited edition, fully loaded "Signature" model — beyond those early builds, there will be some more variability in how much (or how little) buyers will need to spend.
The Model X, with its bigger interior and unique "falcon doors" — is an important model for Tesla, but arguably not the most important one in the company's pipeline: everyone is looking at the upcoming Model 3 to help bring volume where the pricy Roadster and Model S have not. (The Model X will be just as expensive as the S, keeping it well out of reach of the mass market.) The 3 is expected to hit dealerships in in 2017.
At the same time, shares of Tesla Motors Inc. rose 3% on Monday as the electric-car maker sent out invitations for the official launch of its Model X. The SUV will roll out the Fremont, Calif., assembly line on Sept. 29 as Tesla's Chief Executive Elon Musk previously disclosed. An event is set for 7 p.m. that day. The invitation had no other details and showed a shadowed Model X with its distinctive falcon-wing doors up. The car is the third Tesla vehicle to be sold, after the discontinued Roadster and the current Model S sedan.The Model X is thought to appeal particularly to women and families with children and its launch has been slightly delayed. Tesla has promised a third car, the mass-market Model 3, in the next two years. Musk has said the company will start taking Model 3 orders in March 2016. The Model 3 is expected to cost $35,000. A fully loaded Model X sells for $132,000 without upgrades, while a base Model S starts at $75,000.
On the official site it says: “Model X combines the space and functionality of a seven seat sport utility vehicle with the uncompromised performance of a Tesla.
Every Model X comes with all-wheel drive standard, powered by two independent, digitally controlled electric motors. Brilliantly functional Falcon Wing rear doors fold up and out of the way to allow easy access to third row seats.”
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