Tesla Could Start Deliveries Of Model X This September
Deliveries of the highly anticipated Model X, Tesla’s first electric crossover, could commence this September. That’s the word from company CEO Elon Musk, who at the 2015 Annual Shareholder Meeting in Mountain View, California, said that the first examples of the 2016 Tesla Model X will reach their customers late in the third quarter of 2015, Autoblog reports.
That’s two years later than initially announced, but it’s better late than never, right?
So what kept Tesla from releasing the all-electric SUV on time? Well, it seems it has something to with its fancy falcon-wing doors, which require large torsion springs and extensive testing to withstand the test of time. They might be cool to look at as they reach for the sky, but they need to be as reliable and strong as regular doors. Apparently, this was rather difficult to achieve. According to Musk, Tesla engineers have also been working on the vehicle’s rear seats and "a few other things that people aren’t aware of," but no specific details were given.
Now that this is no longer a problem, production of the Model X can finally go on as planned. If Tesla’s initial claims are still in place, Musk’s company should build at least 10,000 SUVs a year. Pricing is likely to start from around $82,000 for the base model, before the $7,500 federal tax credit.
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Why it matters
Much like the Model S, the Model X promises to be a revolutionary vehicle. So far we know it will work on the same principles, but deliver enhanced roominess and some sort of off-road capability. Knowing Tesla, the Model X should have a lot more in store, which is why it’s not exactly surprising that development took this long. We should find out more about it soon enough.
Read more about the upcoming Tesla Model X in our speculative review here.