Tesla Motors Inc (TSLA) Reveals Model X Details, Delays

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Tesla customers and future Tesla customers have become accustomed to delays, but most agree it’s worth the wait.

The long-awaited Model X crossover, for those just now reserving one, wont find its way to their garage or driveway until “early 2016.” The company’s website made the announcement, yet, remained vague as to when those that had already reserved the Model X might see theirs delivered.

Over 20,000 people have made a deposit on the Model X, and it’s difficult to believe that they would have been surprised by the newest delay, albeit a delay for others. The Model X was originally slated for a release at the end or 2013. That was optimistically moved to “sometime in 2014” before that gave way to 2015. It’s believed that the components most responsible for the delay are its “falcon wing” doors.

Tesla Model X: Those damned doors

“It’s been two steps forward, one step back. Really, it was important to me that the doors were not just a gimmick, but a fundamental improvement to the functionality of the cars,” said CEO Elon Musk recently at the 2015 Detroit Auto Show.

The Model X’s unique doors are designed to open both up and inward and have been rumored to have sealing concerns. However, it seems that Musk is intent on fixing this problem rather than looking at an alternative. “In for a penny in for a pound,” if you will. The design has space saving in mind over “gullwing doors” and should benefit those exiting the third row of the vehicle.

While it must certainly be frustrating to those awaiting the Model X, those in waiting need only read reviews of the Model S to remind themselves why they want a Tesla. And many awaiting the Model X, have simply purchased the Model S Sedan and are likely well pleased with their decision. Additionally, for those that have been put on hold and awaiting their reserved car, they can take some solace in the fact that when it is delivered their will be more charging stations available to them.

The good news

If you’re waiting and looking for positives, the Model X will be offered with 60 kWh, 85 kWh, and 85 kWh ‘Performance’ options, all with a dual motor all-wheel drive system according to new details on Tesla’s website. The dual motor all-wheel drive system is only an option on the Model S.

If the Model S is any indication, when deliveries are made, the Model X will have been worth the wait.

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