Tesla Model X Reservations Top 6,000 Cars Over Plug In Weekend
Reservations for Tesla’s all-electric Crossover SUV, the upcoming Tesla Model X, eclipsed 6,000 orders over the weekend, marking an appropriate milestone to coincide with Plug In Day 2013.
After a careful review of a reservation-logging forum post on the TeslaMotorsClub website—where details of the 5,966th Model X to be reserved was posted on Friday, and a member confirmed on Sunday reserving car number 6005—we can safely speculate that more than 39 Model X cars were reserved over the Plug In Day weekend.
Perhaps not surprising, many Model X reservation holders appear to be existing Tesla customers, with either a Roadster or a Model S already in their garage. Citing their happiness with the brand, many are looking to buy the Model X as a replacement for an existing SUV or non-electric car.
Built on a slightly modified version of the chassis found in the award-winning Tesla Model S sedan, the Model X comes with seating for seven adults; a choice of either a 60 kilowatt-hour or 85 kilowatt-hour battery pack; and the option for all-wheel-drive capability via two powerful electric motors. Despite its larger and heavier body, compared to the Model S, the extra torque of the optional all-wheel drive system gives the Model X a similar performance to the S, reaching 60 mph in less than five seconds.
Perhaps the most divisive feature of the Model X however is its patented Falcon Wing rear doors. Instead of conventional hinged doors, the two rear passenger doors lift up above the car in a similar way to gull wing doors, but also fold as they do so, promising easy access to all seats.
Inside, the Model X looks and feels a lot like the Model S, with a large, 17-inch touch-screen center console. It has a light and somewhat sparse interior. The Model X offers many of the same customizable features you’d find in the Model S, Tesla’s first mass-produced car.
With refundable reservations starting at $5,000 for the base-model Model X and refundable reservations for the Model X Signature starting at a hefty $40,000, it isn’t clear at this time how many of each variant have been reserved—nor how many customers have ordered the 60 kilowatt-hour battery pack versus the more powerful and longer range 85 kilowatt-hour pack.
What's truly remarkable is the number of reservations with deposits considering that the price of the Model X has not yet been announced. It's likely to be in the same range as the Model S, which carries an official pre-incentive MSRP of between $70,000 and $95,000, depending on the model and features.
We’ll likely find out more about Tesla’s Model X reservation numbers at the next Tesla Motors quarterly shareholders meeting. Deliveries are not due to start until next year, so there’s still plenty of time for reservation numbers to climb higher.
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