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, Tesla Motors
For the past few years the Model S
has been the main focus of Tesla Motors
, but that will soon change. In 2014, we can expect the Model X
to grab an SUV-sized portion of the spotlight with the unveiling of the production prototype, first drives
, and customer deliveries scheduled for the latter part of the year. For now, though, the new vehicle is still having its final production-spec lines lovingly sculpted in a clay model.
Its unfinished state isn't stopping Tesla CEO Elon Musk
from dropping more hints about what we can expect, however. While speaking at a store opening in London, England recently, he was asked directly about the as-yet-unrevealed price tag and had this to say (at minute 23:48):
â??"The Model X price will be very similar to the Model S. It's probably going to be a slightly higher starting price because the Model X will only be offered as all-wheel-drive. So it'll be dual-motor all-wheel drive."
Boom! Although the Model X portion of the Tesla website
claims (at least, as of this writing) to be available in rear-wheel drive and
all-wheel drive, that, apparently, is not the case. If you're worried that this will raise the price too much - what a billionaire and others consider "slightly higher" may vary - Musk quantified the increase somewhat, saying the price difference is a "low single digit percentage."
Other interesting tidbits from the substantial Q&A session included a mention that the first right-hand drive Model S would be delivered personally by Mr. Musk to a "high-profile" person (our money is on Richard Branson
) with much fanfare at around the end of next March.
While we have included the entire video of the London appearance below
, the quality is pretty poor and perhaps mostly suitable for hardcore aficionados. (You can skip straight to the Model X-related bit by clicking here
.) To help make it up to you, we've thrown in a bonus clip from a BBC Newsnight interview with Elon, discussing, amongst other things, Tesla's Supercharger
plan for Britain and what he thinks of Top Gear's Jeremy Clarkson.Continue reading Tesla Model X will be AWD only, will cost 'slightly' more than Model S [w/video]
Tesla Model X will be AWD only, will cost 'slightly' more than Model S [w/video]
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