Tesla Begins Taking Orders for “General Production” Model X Crossover SUV, Priced From $80,000

At the end of September in a suitably exclusive handover ceremony at the Tesla Fremont production facility, Tesla Motors CEO Elon Musk personally handed over the keys to the first four Tesla Model X electric cars off the production line — plus picked up the keys to his own Model X.

Place your Model X order today -- but be in for a wait.

Place your Model X order today — but be in for a wait.

In addition to being the first production Tesla Model X cars to be made, those vehicles were Tesla ‘Founders’ Edition’ examples of the Tesla Model X: high-end, every-option-box-ticked Model X cars only available to Tesla Motors [NASDAQ:TSLA] board members and Tesla investors. With a rumored price tag around $130,000, these high-end models were followed shortly afterwards on the production line by Tesla’s ‘Signature Series’ Model X models: cars which were reserved at $40,000 a piece by Tesla fans and shareholders eager to be the first to own a Model X.

While the entry-level Model X 70D starts from $80,000 before incentives, the high-end P90D is an eye-watering $115,500

While the entry-level Model X 70D starts from $80,000 before incentives, the high-end P90D is an eye-watering $115,500

So far, only Tesla Model X Founders’ Edition and Model X Signature Series cars have been made, but half an hour ago, Tesla gave us the news we’ve all been waiting for: the general order books are now open for Model X sales, with the entry-level Tesla Model X 70D Available from $80,000 before incentives.

To see the order page however, you’ll still need to place a reservation — something which will set you back $5,000.

For that, customers will get a 70 kilowatt-hour battery pack capable of an EPA-estimated 220 miles per charge, as well as a 6.0-second 0-60 mph time and a 140 mph top speed. Five-seat interior comes as standard, as does over-the-air updates, Tesla Supercharger compatibility, centre console with Tesla’s quick connection phone dock, GPS-enabled Homelink, automatic keyless entry, automatic rear liftgate, and of course, the usual cavernous Tesla Model X loadbay, frunk and rear.

For those who want a higher-end Model X, the Tesla Model X 90D with 257-mile range, 4.8-second 0-60mph time and 155 mph top speed, is available from $95,500 before incentives, while the range-topping P90D — complete with 250-miles of range and 3.8-second 0-60 mph (3.2-seconds with optional Ludicrous package) — is available from $115,500

The full option list for the Tesla Model X. Click on the photo for a larger version.

The full option list for the Tesla Model X. Click on the photo for a larger version.

For autopilot functionality, drivers will need to pony up an additional $2,500 at the point of ordering, with the feature also available post-delivery for $3,000. Subzero weather package — with heated heats throughout, heated steering wheel and heated wipers and washer jets — will add an additional $1,000, while Tesla’s ultra high-fidelity sound package will add an extra $2,500. Smart air suspension, offered as standard on the Tesla Model X 90D and P90D, costs an extra $2,500, while the premium upgrades package — including self-presenting driver’s door, HEPA air filtration with bioweapon defence mode, activated carbon air purification, ventilated front seats, leather arm rests, steering wheel and lower dashboard, Alcantara headliner and accents, LED ambient interior lighting, LED fog lights and three-position dynamic LED lights — will set you back $4,500.

For those wanting to tow, Tesla will fit a towing package for just $750, but we note those who specify it will also need a Tesla Model X 90D or P90D with air suspension or a Model X 70D with $2,500 air suspension package. Also worth paying attention to is the towing capabilities, which change according to wheel size. Pick 20 inch wheels, and your Model X can tow up to 5,000 pounds. Opt for the larger, fancier 22 inch wheels, and you’ll only be able to tow 3,500 pounds.

As for delivery dates? While customers can now reserve their Model X, we note that Tesla Model X 70D orders placed today won’t be fulfilled until mid-to-late 2016. Those opting for a Model X 90D will have to wait until mid-2016 to get their car, while only those opting for the high-end $115,500 Model X P90D can look forward to getting their car this side of next summer.

Are you happy about the new Model X price list? Do you think you’ll be placing an order soon? Or does this particular electric car just sit far outside your budget?

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