Article VHWB Tesla Model X production starts in earnest, pricing revealed

Tesla Model X production starts in earnest, pricing revealed

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Jonathan M. Gitlin
from Ars Technica on (#VHWB)
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Several months ago we found out pricing for the fully loaded "Signature" edition Tesla Model X electric SUV. Now, we've got a better idea of what the cheapest Model X will set you back: $80,000 before any options and tax rebates or incentives. That's for the 70D, which has all-wheel drive (a motor for each axle) and a 70kWh battery (pricing for the 90D and P90D haven't been announced). That's $5,000 more than the equivalent Model S sedan, which hits 60mph a little quicker and has a slightly longer range than the SUV but not the same funky rear doors.

The distinctive Falcon wing doors are Tesla's approach to making an SUV with all the utility of a minivan; that was how Elon Musk described the design brief back in September. By opening up and out, they're supposed to give better access to the rear seats while taking up less space than a traditional door. There are three different interior layouts. The base 70D is a five seater, but there's also a six seat version (three rows of two) for an extra $3,000, and seven seats are yours for $4,500.

Tesla released the pricing information for the 70D Model X at the same time it told customers with preorders that they can begin configuring their vehicles. Screenshots of the online configurator provided by Tesla to Ars state that Model X deliveries will begin in early 2016, starting with range-topping P90D orders. "Lesser" 90D Model Xs follow by mid-year, with 70D deliveries before 2017.

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