2014 is the year that Tesla Motors will launch its third vehicle, the Tesla Model X, a family-oriented luxury SUV that already has thousands of reservations on the books. At a recent London conference, Tesla CEO Elon Musk revealed that the Model X will only be available with a dual-motor all-wheel drive system, and will carry a slightly-higher price than the Model S.
The revelation is contrary to prior statements from Musk, who had hinted that the Model X would come in both rear-wheel drive and all-wheel drive configurations. Thus far Tesla has not rolled out an all-wheel drive version of the Model S, though such a variant wouldn’t be too difficult to build. But it could be that Tesla is merely reserving the all-wheel drive option for Model X buyers.
The addition of all-wheel drive means a pirce increase, though not that much. Musk says the Model X will cost more by a “low single digit percentage”, implying perhaps that the Model X will start around $75,000 or so. It makes sense for the larger Model X to cost a bit more, though that is the opposite direction Musk has promised to take Tesla.
I’m still sitting here waiting for my affordable Tesla Model E to break cover. 2017 can’t come soon enough.
Source: Autoblog Green