Last week Tesla officially unveiled its latest model, the Model X crossover. Four days after the automaker started taking reservations for the new electric crossover, Tesla has already received over 500 reservations (which translates into $40 million in sales), making it the fastest selling Tesla ever. When it was unveiled last Thursday at Tesla’s design studio in Southern California, traffic to teslamotors.com increased 2,800 percent, and two-thirds of all visitors were new to the website.
In order to reserve the Model X, buyers need to put down $5,000 for a regular production model or $40,000 for the Model X Signature. Deliveries of the limited-edition Model X Signature are expected to begin in late 2013, while the standard Model X deliveries will start in early 2014.
Just in case you missed the news last week, the Model X crossover shares its platform with the Model S sedan and has three rows of seats, with room for seven passengers. The Model X has a unique set of features – including Falcon Wing doors that open up and out-of-the-way, rather than out like traditional doors. Tesla states that the Model X has about the same exterior dimensions as the Audi Q7, but with 40% more interior room.
The Model X will be offered in three drivetrain configurations: rear-wheel-drive, dual motor all-wheel-drive, and a performance dual motor all-wheel-drive model. Tesla claims that the Model X Performance version will accelerate from 0 to 60 miles per hour in 4.4 seconds. Pricing is expected to start around $50,000 after the federal tax credit, and Tesla hopes to sell between 10,000 – 15,000 units per year.
The introduction of the Model X has also boosted interest in the Model S sedan. New Model S reservations following the Model X unveiling were up 30 percent.