While opinions are very divided on the appearance of the car as well as the controversial doors, the preorder numbers are saying that the Model X definitely has huge market potential.
Tesla has announced that it received $40 million worth of reservations for the car in just one day.
That makes the Model X the fastest selling Tesla of all time. The preorders vastly outpaced the Model S as well as the limited production, over $100,000 Roadster.
And the sales boost is not just limited to the Model X. Tesla also said that the Model S has seen a 30 percent bump in reservations over the same time period. With many expecting Tesla to release its earnings shortly, all of this news could make for a very positive week for the fledgling automaker.
The Model X is expected to start with limited deliveries in late 2013 and more regular availability in the first half of 2014.
The Tesla Model X has the potential of becoming the first electric car with broad market appeal, especially if its pricing can be kept in check. To do so, Tesla is sharing some 60 percent of the parts between the Model S sedan and the Model X, which will reduce both manufacturing cost and manufacturing complexity.
Then there’s the design of the Model X, which is both elegant and functional. The “falcon wing” doors, for example, are designed for easy access to the interior, even in the confines of tight parking spaces. It’s three-row design will accommodate up to seven passengers, while still leaving room for luggage or cargo.
Performance promises to be impressive as well, with the run from 0-60 mph taking just 4.4 seconds in the base Model X. An upcoming Performance version will be even quicker, although details on how much quicker are currently lacking. Maximizing appeal, the Model X will be built in both rear-wheel-drive and all-wheel-drive versions.
The Model X is scheduled to go on sale in 2013, priced between $60,000 and $90,000 depending upon model and options. If you want to reserve one of your very own, Tesla will take a $5,000 deposit, fully refundable, to hold your place in line for a 2014 delivery.