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Model X Update email from Tesla

Received this in my email at 7:30am this morning:

Dear Model X reservation holders,

Falcon wing doors, all-wheel drive, and the most stylish way to combine an SUV’s utility with a sports car’s performance. Model X will be a production car that exceeds the promises made when we first showed the concept.
In the fall, we’ll start building Model X prototypes on a newly expanded and integrated production line at our factory in Fremont, CA. The first Model X cars for you, our reservation holders, will be produced starting in early 2015.

We’re pleased to confirm that the falcon wing doors will be a defining feature of this exceptional car. Not only do these doors look amazing, but they also make getting in and out of the Model X so much easier than would a conventional front-hinged door. You can even do it standing up.

We’ll also deliver a level of functionality and practicality that will exceed what you saw on the concept vehicle. We can confirm that all-wheel drive will come standard for Model X, and you’ll have the option to add a third row of seats to carry more passengers. You’ll also be able to fold down the second and third rows to create a flat platform for storage. When it comes to charging and long distance drives, Model X will be able to take full advantage of our rapidly growing Supercharger network.

These features combine to offer power, speed, and space – all packaged in an all-electric vehicle that looks and drives like it comes from the future.

We’ll have more to say about Model X in the coming months, so stay tuned for updates. Thank you for your confidence in Tesla.

Coming "Soon?"

Stock is up almost 9% so far today... Coincidence?

I think this is the first I have seen it mentioned that it's going to have fold flat seats.

Early 2015. I predict that this will miss ski season.

That is great news!! I was afraid they were further behind and would not be delivering until the second half of 2015.

When they say "newly expanded and integrated production line" are they talking about building the MX on the existing MS production line?

"you’ll have the option to add a third row of seats to carry more passengers." means that the standard will only sit 5?

This should be under the Model X discussion threads, but still good to learn about this announcement.

Do we have any idea of pricing vs. the Model S?

@Maxkiddo. Yes, more than Model S :)

"...you’ll have the option to add a third row of seats..."

I'm with Cindy123 on this... I, too, had always presumed the third row, and seven passenger seating, would be standard issue on Tesla Model X. What's the point of the Falcon Wing Doors, if the third row of seats is strictly optional? Perhaps they meant that the second row would have other configuration options... Such as the ability to have a pair of captain's chairs instead of a bench, for a six passenger configuration...? Or maybe even a fourth row of rear-facing jumpseats to have nine passengers?

@tes-s - they are building a second line at the factory that will handle S and X.

The fold flat seats was a suggestion made by someone at an event. Elon commented that it 'was a good idea and they'd look into it'.

I'd conservatively say this means the X will be out in June timeframe of next year.

Red Sage +100

I just posted the same point in a similar thread in the Model X forum:

"The primary reason for the falcon doors was to improve access to the third row. If you are making the third row an option, then why are the Falcon doors not an option??????? I see little point of the Falcon doors without the third row.

The Falcon door/3rd row combo was one of the primary selling points of the Model X at the reveal and ever since.

I am more than happy to pay for a third row, but the falcon doors and AWD should be an option as well."

Thanks @Nick. I always thought they would start a second line for the X. They've got a lot of cars to build!

Great news for all you X'ers. Happy to hear this for you.

Cup holders???

@Rheumboy: Cupholders included with 3rd row seat option.

i can't believe the level of stupidity that people are complaining about the third row being an option!!

what is wrong with it being an option? how does that increase the price of the car? you never knew the price to begin with. if you want the third row, order it with it. if you don't now, you can order it without. you guys acting like tesla took the third row away completely!

some people don't want a third row, they just want a higher ride height and more room to haul around their stuff. what is wrong with choice?!?!

how about if tesla made everything standard and you can only buy one configuration?!!? everyone has to pay for fully loaded model s?!?! how stupid.

Is the Falcon 9 mounted on the roof optional?

@eddiemoy Stupidity is the only word to describe it. Those people are whinning when they don't even know what the base price and option price will be.

Give the people a choice, AWD should be optional too. Extra weight, price and complexity, plus range reduction.

Typically, the 'choice' that is offered in crossovers, SUVs, or minivans... is a removable third row, or one that folds flat into the deck. I'm not so much angered by this, as I am... surprised. From my point of view, there really isn't any reason to purchase an SUV or crossover at all without an included third row of seating. Without the third row, you essentially have a wagon instead.

I'm certain that alternate configurations will be considered. I thought they would be relative to the arrangement of the second row of seats though. Bench seat, captains chairs, revolving, reclining, removable, fold flat type options -- the usual. But an 'optional' third row? Hmmm...

Is there a version of the Porsche Cayenne, BMW X5, Volvo XC90 or AUDI Q7 that only has two rows of seating, fore and aft?

@red, the cayenne is not offered with third row, the x5 is offered as an option, i think it is standard on the xc90 and q7.

Red and Eddie: There are several people who have commented here and on the TMC site that do not want the third row seat. Personally, I want it and will take it as an option. I think making it optional actually can increase the flexibility and increases overall demand.

I remember way back when we bought an Isuzu Trooper, after negotiating a decent deal, the salesman said that the second row seat wasn't included! Loggerheads, then wife tears. Finally, did the deal and ran out of gas 5 miles from the dealership. Thank god they're looking out for us.

I would order a third row of seats only if they can be moved entirely. It's just for those rare occasions you have 6 or more adults to drive around, maybe once or twice a year for me.

Fold flat is great, but even better if they are removable. I'd love to take the car on a road trip and use the entire space for camping out. Elon mentioned before that it should fit a queen size mattress. And still have the frunk for additional cargo, awesome, nobody else come even close!

Options = more profits + flexibility.

You don't want it, don't do a thing. You want third row seats (most will), then pay for it just like the tech package.

AWD is standard and mileage is offset with improvements. Did you expect all options to come standard at $120k or $75k base + loads of options that you really want?

Our Jeep (the original SUV) does not have a third row and I don't want to pay for one on our Model X.

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So much looking forward to seeing this and upgrading to it from my MS in four years time... Maybe sooner if the kids grow quickly...

Since we are talking about the X anyway.
X Question that I don't think has been asked.

Is AWD going to reduce the available rated mileage?
Two motors, still one battery?

I don't know the answer. Anyone wish to guess or tell us?


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