When Tesla Motors Inc (NASDAQ:TSLA) said they were pushing back deliveries of the first Model X crossovers, many were disappointed. But never fear, says CEO Elon Musk. Speaking at the automaker’s annual shareholders’ meeting this week, he updated their progress on the vehicle and a number of other topics.
Tesla to make production cars exciting
Musk said they pushed the first deliveries of the Model X back from late this year into spring 2015 for a number of reasons. He said his big problem with many automakers is that the car which ends up going into production doesn’t look nearly as great as the concept car upon which it was supposed to be based.
According to Ecomento, he emphasized that the Model X that finally gets produced will be much better than the one they show off in demonstrations. He said he believes it’s better to make a production car that’s “going to blow people away” rather than one that’s “pretty good.”
Model X to still feature falcon wing doors
Those worried about Tesla Motors Inc (NASDAQ:TSLA) skipping out on the falcon wing doors it has shown off on the concept version can put their worries to rest. Musk said those doors are still going to be one of the main highlights of the updated version when it goes into production. Tesla has been explicitly showing off how the falcon wing doors will work, so it would be a huge disappointment if it did not remain true to its word.
Tesla Motors Inc (NASDAQ:TSLA) also wants to include door-mounted cameras instead of traditional side view mirrors. However, it’s unknown whether the automaker will be able to do this because there are currently some laws in place that prevent this technology.
Expectations for the Model X
Tesla Motors Inc (NASDAQ:TSLA)’s Model X is expected to be able to seat up to seven people and sport four-wheel drive. The most expensive model is expected to have a range of about 260 miles on a single charge and also the ability to go from zero to 60 in less than five seconds.
While the design of the Model S mainly appeals to men, Musk said women will appreciate the Model X when it finally comes off the production line. He acknowledged that the Model S may be “a little too guy-centric,” so he said they’re hoping to fix that with the Model X.
One of the complaints about the Model S is the interior dimensions. According to Musk, it will be easier to move the driver’s seat forward in the Model X to allow shorter people to drive it. He also said they will improve forward visibility in the crossover vehicle.
Shares of Tesla Motors Inc (NASDAQ:TSLA) edged up by 2% in afternoon trading today.