Tesla Motors Inc (TSLA) Model X Pre-Orders Tally Rising Sharply

Tesla Motors Inc (NASDAQ:TSLA) Model X is gaining substantial traction even before its launch. The Model X has garnered many pre-orders before the expected launch in early 2015. According to Tesla Motors Club, pre-orders for Production stood at 9,555 all over the world and around 1,432 pre-orders were placed for Signature Model X.

Tesla Motors Inc (TSLA) Model X Pre-Orders Tally Rising Sharply

Tesla Model X to feature AWD, “falcon doors”

To book a standard Model X, one has to deposit $5000 while the signature version will be booked for $40,000. In its blog, the company clarified that those who have booked for upgraded models will be counted whereas cancellations will not be counted.

Tesla Motors Inc (NASDAQ:TSLA) Model X will be all-wheel drive only with a separate electric motor powering the front wheels. The wheelbase of Model S and Model X will be same, and the length of the Model X will be within 5 centimeters compared to that of the Model S. The Model X has a unique practical body style and stylish “falcon doors.”

Audi to give tough competition

The Tesla Motors Inc (NASDAQ:TSLA) Model S hasn’t dealt with a competitive threat because there is no other big automaker that can design a car to the level of the Model S and at this price point. The Model S is due for a software update, which would include a hill-hold function giving the car the ability to set ride height manually over a wider speed range and other changes.  However, the crossover Model X will have competition from these carmakers.

Tesla Motors Inc (NASDAQ:TSLA) Model X will get close competition from Audi Q8 e-tron, which is expected to cost around $130,000. The car is expected to be a real competitor for the Model X, but will be late by 2-3 years as Tesla is planning to launch Model X ahead of Audi Q8 e-tron.

Model X will have a battery pack of at least 80 kWh. Audi, on the other hand, has reportedly integrated the latest developments in the battery technology by increasing the range of the upcoming R8 e-tron from 134 miles to 248 miles. The battery technology would be more advanced by the time Q8 e-tron is launched in the market.

During the recent European tour, CEO Elon Musk stated that the battery cost would be less for the Model E sedan bringing it in the range of BMW 3 series-like with a base price target of $30,000 to $40,000. Model E batteries are anticipated to cost 30% to 40% less per kilowatt-hour than Model S batteries.

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  • QKodiak

    People who call the Model X doors a problem don’t understand the hours of engineering that went into making them practical, usable, and safe. If you have room in your garage to lift the rear door up in a “normal” SUV, you can lift the Tesla Model X falcon doors which open to the same height as the rear hatch. They are not that tall. Also, the doors have a button as well as sensors to allow children to safely operate the doors: so no squished appendages.

    About competition: a $130,000 (starting) PHEV from Audi won’t be nearly as popular as the Tesla Model X for the following reasons. The Model X will come out first giving them time to perfect it before the Q8 E-tron hits the market. The Model X will be safer, have more cargo space, passenger space; a wirelessly-updatable, internet capable, intuitive 17″ touchscreen interface; better acceleration and handling, 10x the electric range, Supercharging capability; doesn’t have a oil-chugging, pollution-producing ICE on board (that needs regular maintenance); and it has the crazy cool and practical Falcon Wing doors.

  • Bibbler


    Too Funny!

  • jonny

    Jim, just talking about the gullwing doors:
    This modification Tesla made, what Tesla calls it Falcon wings, seems to be the only practical and good looking doors. All cars in the market trying to look cool with the gullwing doors are so pathetic because those doors are simply not functional and that is so true there is no masd produced car in the market with the traditional gullwing doors. I suspect these doors by themselves will make everybody so envy, that people will line up to see it then dream with a model x.

  • jonny

    I have a feeling this Model X is going to sell by the thousands. This falcon wings doors seem to be a clever hook; think about it, if this works and it seems it will be very practical, every middle class soccer mom will want to justify the purchase based on that, plus the unbeatable space, plus the fuel economy and plus it is a stylish suv. If other vendors attempt to copy the doors like that, or the door handles it will be so obvious that it would like bmw or Audi clearly copying it. Maybe Kia would do it without remorse. Put the gray or black wheels on this white Model X and you will see what a sick car you will get. I am former Audi and now BMW owner, i admit my favorite car is now Teslas. If my state tries to harm Tesla sales, already decided as a protest and i will order a Model S and refuse to buy a car through dealers.

  • jonny

    Jim, you should have your head examined. This is not a joke. I think you are either a dealer owner afraid of Tesla destroying your business or you are a disgruntled fired employee.

  • gg

    plus one (me) who did not pre-order and still liked

  • disquser999

    at least 9,555 pre-order customers disagreed with Jim.

  • qifsha

    I have never seen a comment with so many lies and false rumours in it.

  • MikeDLA

    Jim if only you were running Tesla – everything would be better right?
    Thank you for your design feedback.
    Now please just stay in your mom’s basement with your modem.

  • Terry Ticker

    He probably lost his shorts shorting Tsla

  • 772

    This guy again

  • Albertico

    Why are you posting the same comment in every Tesla article?

    Alas, your dislike for the Model X design is not shared by everyone. Many find it a very attractive looking vehicle, if not the most attractive to date in the SUV segment.

  • Jim5437532

    The Tesla model X. is the ugliest car ever. They are the first manufacture that I know of that has made the gullwing uncool. I doubt those doors will do will in snow, ice and garages with low clearance.

    Tesla is one of the first auto manufacturers to have their production car’s computer connected to the Internet, which opens up customer vehicles to many security risks. Tesla recently hired a hacker, probably to try to combat the security threat.

    Tesla had a bad start in Norway. Tesla was not proactive in properly testing Tesla Chargers to make compatible with Norway’s power grid. Resulting with many disgruntled Norwegian Tesla customers that could not charge their cars. Despite complaining for several weeks to Tesla customer support and service the problems, the issues were not resolved. So customers went to the media. Tesla management claimed they didn’t know there was a problem until they saw it in the headlines. So there are also serious communication problems at Tesla. Despite customers complaining for many months in the US about Tesla charger connections overheating, melting and burning the problems have not been resolved. Tesla did not declare a recall until the Tesla fire hazards were reported to the media and government agencies. Allegedly even though a recall vote you out on on on on the weight on and ignore it would be very very that he already. Despite Tesla promising to address the Tesla charger connection fire hazards in a timely manner, Tesla has been slow. Tesla is still in denial about the Tesla charger fire hazards. Tesla is playing blame games trying to pin the rap on house wiring and wall outlets. There is no doubt that in some cases there are and will be bad house wiring and wall outlets; but that should not be used as a scapegoat. Tesla is putting itself in a position of huge liability that could destroy the company. Tesla is putting customers at risk gambling with safety.

    The Tesla model S. still has defects that make it a fire hazard. Tesla charger connections are still overheating, melting and burning. Tesla batteries are poorly located and poorly protected. Tesla is Junk.

    On 1/9/2014 Elon Musk said that replacement adapters that are part of the recall would be mailed out within two weeks. A month later Tesla customers have still not received the replacement adapters that are part of the Tesla model S. recall.

    Several people have been injured by faulty Tesla charge connectors. Tesla is big on making promises and hype, but short on delivery. Tesla needs to start making safety a top priority. Tesla needs to stop playing blame games and games with semantics. Tesla needs to stop lying. Tesla needs to be proactive instead of reactive. Tesla is being a follower of technology, rather than a leader. Tesla is a greedy corporation that has a disregard for safety. The Tesla model S. is an E-Pinto.