Tesla Model X just weeks away, Elon Musk tweets

Elon Musk tweeted this afternoon the first Model X production cars will be handed over from Tesla Motors’ Fremont plant on (drum roll, please)…Sept. 29.

The first Model X vehicles rolling off the production line list for $132,000. The cost, Musk explained, is because these signature models come “fully loaded.” Features include leather interior, wood or carbon fiber trim and an autopilot feature with self-parking and automatic lane steering.

Musk tweeted that the base Model X will cost $5,000 more than the Model S “due to greater size & body complexity.”

The Tesla Motors chief had promised the Model X would be released in September. The Tesla Motors Club message board lit up Tuesday when the automotive company emailed prospective owners to configure their new models.

“My excitement knows no bounds,” wrote one Tesla owner. Others ruminated on the seat, window, door and cup-holder designs.

The crossover SUV has a falcon wing door design and seats seven. And those seven passengers can drive very fast – the Model X reaches 155 mph at top speed and gets to 60 mph in under 4 seconds, according to the company.

Musk also tweeted that as the company said last year, the Model 3 sedan will begin production in 2017. He said it’s dependent on a “fully operational” Gigafactory, which is under construction in Nevada. Musk said the Model 3 will be unveiled in March, and repeated the previous price estimate of $35,000.

Are you anxiously awaiting your new Model X? Contact the Mercury News at lhansen@mercurynews.com.


Photo: The Tesla Model X. (Bay Area News Group archives)


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