Published on June 17th, 2014 | by Christopher DeMorro


Tesla Model X Reservation Holders Get Updated Note

June 17th, 2014 by  


Revealed over two years ago, updates on the Tesla Model X have been few and far between. Yesterday, Tesla Model X reservation holders got a long-awaited update on their upcoming electric SUV, with the first pre-production models set to begin production this fall.

As for actual production vehicles, the first Tesla Model X SUVs destined for customers won’t roll off assembly lines until “early 2015” according to Tesla. That basically means anytime before July 1st, 2015 meaning it could still be another year before any keys exchange hands.

Tesla did include some meaningful updates in their little note though, including confirming that all-wheel drive will be standard on the Model X…as will those delightful falcon-wing doors. Tesla also confirmed an optional third row of seating, as well as a fold-flat cargo area for storing and hauling whatever you’ve got, and of course the Model X will be Supercharger compatible.

Funny enough, Tesla included two images of the Model X with the note; one being the brown concept missing the side mirrors (another one of Elon Musk’s many battles to modernize the auto industry) and the other being a likely production version with side mirrors. Probably just pulling from whatever images are available, but it still makes one wonder if sideview cameras aren’t still in the cards for the Model X down the road.

Read the whole note for yourselves, and lets hope some of those promised updates come sooner rather than later.


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  • vensonata

    There is a nice video promo with 7 tesla engineers getting in and out of the model x. Full standing headroom under the falcon wing could makes “crawling” entry into most cars obsolete. Yes, there were seven full sized adults with a huge amount of suitcases in the “frunk” and rear. Impressive.

  • Wayne Williamson

    I really like Tesla, but the gullwing doors have never worked in any past iteration autos. To make a statement like they are a defining feature, just make me wonder.

    • Bob_Wallace

      They don’t make a lot of sense to me. Perhaps they would be useful with people who haul their “elders” around a lot and would enjoy the easier entry/exit. I suspect they are more “Hey! Look at us!” features. More zero cost advertising.

  • Robert

    Seems like I would just smash my head into those awful falcon doors every time they opened. I would also be curious to see the third row seat. Probably won’t be able to fit anyone older than 5 back there judging by the roof line. Still nice to see a potential crossover that is all electric. I wouldn’t push it to say it is an SUV.

  • jdavies

    Can anyone enlighten me as to how the falcon doors can be closed? is there a button? Surely it makes sense for children to be able to close their own door after getting in or out, but they wouldn’t be able to reach it? button inside probably, but what about closing it after getting out?

  • nice

  • MargaretRLavallee

    Tesla also confirmed an optional third row of seating, as well as a fold-flat cargo area for storing and hauling whatever you’ve got, and of course the Model X will be Supercharger compatible.

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