2016 Tesla Model X with 2011 Tesla Roadster Sport, photographed by owner Bonnie Norman
Once again Tesla Motors CEO Elon Musk has released some new product information, this time on the 2016 Tesla Model X electric crossover utility vehicle.
And he did it via his most frequent method of communcation: Twitter.
The news is that the online configurator for the full array of Model X versions, powertrains, and prices will go live today (Monday, April 11, 2016).
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As noted by Engadget on Saturday, the first tweet by Musk saying that the configurator would go online today was subsequently deleted.
Musk later confirmed in another tweet, however, that the Model X configurator would still go live today.
As always, however, Tesla doesn’t necessarily produce cars in the order the customers entered their requests.
The highest-specification versions, in this case the Model X P90D with the highest-output motors and largest battery pack, come first (after a special limited-edition Founder’s Series to kick off production).
More basic, and hence less expensive models, come later—meaning that a “base” 70D version starting at $80,000 would likely be further down toward the end of the queue.
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As of March 31, Tesla says it had delivered 2,400 Model Xes from January through March, and an additional 208 during the fourth quarter of 2015.
Its production rate has now reached 750 Model X cars per week, it says, which should allow it to start filling what is rumored to be a five-figure waiting list for the expensive luxury SUV.
2016 Tesla Model X owned by Ron Merkord, March 2016 [photo: David Noland]
The company stopped commenting on how many reservations it had for the Model X more than a year ago, however, so we don’t really know what the queue looks like.
Much of the recent excitement among Tesla owners and fans has centered on its 200-mile, $35,000 Model 3, which Tesla says will start production late next year.
But until then, the Model S and now Model X must still continue selling in sufficient numbers to keep the company’s lines running for the next two years.
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