Tesla Motors has finally revealed the pricing for its long-awaited crossover, the Model X. The electric-powered car with upward-opening second-row doors has been priced at $80,000 excluding delivery charges.
Tesla Model X vs. Model S
On Monday, the pricing was disclosed along with a “configurator” for buyers who preordered the car. Tesla’s Model S is $5,000 more than the lowest priced version of its flagship sedan, the Model S. Delivery charges add another $1,200.
In terms of performance, as the Model X is bigger, its base version will be marginally slower than the Model S. The Model X can go from zero to 60 miles per hour in 6 seconds compared to 5.2 seconds for the Model S. Also owing to its bigger size, its range will lower at 220 miles vs. 240 miles for the Model S. Despite these shortcomings, the Model X is much more desirable as it has many attractions, including rear doors that open upward and a panoramic windshield.
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The Tesla Model X is eligible for federal tax incentives of up to $7,500. In addition, there are a few states that offer incentives. California offers incentives of up to $2,500.
For the Model X, the options list is similar to that of the Model S. However, a premium cabin upgrade is 50% costlier at $4,500. Tesla is offering three different interior layouts. The base 70D is a five-seater, but there is a six seat version that costs $3,000 more, while the seven seater costs $4,500 extra.
Still not open to all
What’s noteworthy is the fact that Tesla still hasn’t opened the Model X configurator to all, as it is open only on an invitation basis.
“It’s just that Tesla has cast a wider net with its latest round of invitations,” says The Verge.
It can be assumed that it will be made open to all eventually, but it is not known why this has not been done already. It could be that the waiting line is very long, so prices and options may change by the time the car goes on sale to the general public. Tesla’s website informs prospective buyers that deliveries for the 70D all-wheel-drive base model won’t be possible until late next year. Drivers who don’t want to wait that long can order either of the two upscale versions, including the P90D, which clocks a zero-to-60 time of just 3.8 seconds.