The Tesla Model X has the potential of becoming the first electric car with broad market appeal, especially if its pricing can be kept in check. To do so, Tesla is sharing some 60 percent of the parts between the Model S sedan and the Model X, which will reduce both manufacturing cost and manufacturing complexity.
Then there’s the design of the Model X, which is both elegant and functional. The “falcon wing” doors, for example, are designed for easy access to the interior, even in the confines of tight parking spaces. It’s three-row design will accommodate up to seven passengers, while still leaving room for luggage or cargo.
Performance promises to be impressive as well, with the run from 0-60 mph taking just 4.4 seconds in the base Model X. An upcoming Performance version will be even quicker, although details on how much quicker are currently lacking. Maximizing appeal, the Model X will be built in both rear-wheel-drive and all-wheel-drive versions.
The Model X is scheduled to go on sale in 2013, priced between $60,000 and $90,000 depending upon model and options. If you want to reserve one of your very own, Tesla will take a $5,000 deposit, fully refundable, to hold your place in line for a 2014 delivery.
If you want to be the very first on your block to drive a new Model X, you can put in a reservation for the Model X Signature version, expected to be available in late 2013. Exclusivity has its price, and the (fully refundable) deposit for a Model X Signature will run you $40,000.
If you’re serious about buying one, you’ll find additional details and conditions on Tesla’s Model X website page.