At the Q2 2015 Financial Results announcement, Tesla CEO Elon Musk announced that the deliveries of the Tesla Model X will commence in the end of September. He also said that the online configurator of the Model X will go live probably in 2 or 3 weeks’ time.
The Model X will share the general assembly line with the Model S sedan at Tesla’s Fremont, California factory. The deliveries of the pure electric crossover will be limited initially, owing to external factors affecting production.
In its letter to shareholders, the company stated: “While our equipment installation and final testing of Model X is going well, there are many dependencies that could influence our Q4 production and deliveries.” An issue at even a single supplier could create constraints that would result in the production reducing by approximately 800 units for the quarter.
The Model X will feature three-row seating configuration. One of the most attractive feature of the 7-seat EV will be its Falcon Wing rear dors that fold up and out of the way and offer an easy access to both second- and third-row seats.
It will be the world’s quickest 0-60 mph (0-97 km/h) accelerating crossover with a time of just 3.2 or 3.3 seconds, thanks to the Ludicrous mode upgrade.
While announcing the Ludicrous mode for the Model S last month, Mr. Musk said: “We will offer ludicrous mode on the [Model] X, it will be 10 percent heavier car, so you’d expect the X be 3.2 or 3.3 seconds [in 0-60mph acceleration], probably 3.3 seconds due to higher centre of gravity.”
All-wheel drive will be standard. The new 90 kWh battery pack will be offered on the crossover and it can be expected to offer a maximum driving range of around 282-285 miles (454-459 km). Other battery pack options should also be offered for making the crossover more accessible.
The Model X will share 30% of parts with the Model S, lesser than what the company originally thought.
“At the end of the day we originally thought the X would have a lot of commonality with the S, but in order to make the X great we really had to go to the point where only 30 percent of parts are common between X and S. So there’s a huge amount of bodywork that’s involved with the X and that’s our main focus right now.”