With its Fremont factory now ready to produce its long-awaited Model X crossover SUV, Tesla Motors [NASDAQ:TSLA] has officially opened early online configuration for existing reservation holders of the Model X Signature Series, Transport Evolved is happy to report.
As eager and excited fans on the Tesla Motors Club discovered earlier today, the signature series Model X — a special, premium-spec, limited-edition 90 kWh version of the long-range all-electric SUV — will be priced from $133,200 before Federal and state incentives, including a mandatory destination and regulatory document fee of $1,200.
While the online configurator is only available to confirmed Model X reservation holders, some helpful screenshots from reservation holders teaches us that as promised, Tesla Motors has given the Tesla Model X some interesting tweaks which set it apart from previous prototype vehicles we’ve seen.
Most noticeable among these is a change to the vehicle’s windscreen, which now has no cross-beam and extends all the way from the hood to the start of the second-row seats, as well as sun visors which fold into the side of the car rather than use the usual roof-mounted positioning. This not only improves visibility for the driver, but helps provide a light and airy interior for all.
As we noted a few months back, the Model X also comes with an automatically-retracting rear spoiler. While this was not shown on the original prototype vehicles, we’d guess its use on the Model X will help improve both road handling and range, especially at speed.
Like Tesla’s popular Model S full-size sedan, the Model X comes with a host of optional extras, allowing customers to pick the exact specification they’d like for their vehicle. As with the Model S, Ludicrous Speed Upgrade — announced just a few months back for Model S cars — Model X customers can improve their car’s 0-60 mph acceleration time from the standard 3.8 seconds to 3.2 seconds for an extra $10,000. Meanwhile, a subzero weather package — which adds all-round heated seats, heated steering wheel, heated windshield wipers and washer nozzle heaters — is available for an additional $1,000.
We should note however that Tesla says via the online configurator that adding this option “May delay delivery by up to one month.”
For those who wish to tow with their Model X, a two package is available at point of order for $750. While the Model X comes with a receiver hitch as standard for use with hitch-mounted bicycle and ski carriers, the official Tow Package adds the necessary 7-pin electronics harness and tow mode software package to enable towing of up to 5,000 pounds.
When it launches later this fall, the standard Model X will come with the Model X’s already famous full-automated falcon wing rear doors as standard, as well as GPS navigation system, daytime running lights, power-folding and heated side mirrors, Supercharger capability, GPS-enabled homelink, parking sensors and blind spot warning, automatic emergency braking and 8-year, infinite mile battery and drive unit warranty. Optional extras will include Tesla’s highly-anticipated autopilot semi autonomous-drive functionality, smart air suspension, ultra high-fidelity sound with satellite radio, premium package, ventilated leather seats with heating and cooling, and flat-folding third-row seats, but it’s worth noting that all of these will be available as standard for Model X Signature series customers.
With an all-wheel drive system as standard, Tesla quotes the Signature Series as having 259 horsepower at the front wheels and 503 horsepower at the rear wheels, capable of an electronically-limited 155 mph where legal.
It’s worth remembering however that the Model X Signature Signature Series represents a high-spec Model X model rather than an entry level car. This means it’s likely that other electric motor options will be available when Model X order books open to the general public, which should bring down the entry level price substantially. Given the price difference between the entry-level Model S 60 and high-spec Tesla Model S 90D, we’d expect an entry-level, no-frills Model X will be available for somewhere between $80,000 and $90,000 before incentives.
While Tesla has yet to reveal the pricing for the rest of the Model X range, it is now accepting reservations for non-signature Model X orders. For $5,000, customers can reserve their space in the queue for the high-tech vehicle, with deliveries expected early in 2016.
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