Tesla announces Model X performance range. And yes, those Falcon Wing Doors are staying

Tesla Model X
If you reserve a Tesla Model X today, you probably won’t be getting it until early 2016.

This isn’t all that surprising, especially if you’re one of the 20,000-plus customers who has already placed a deposit on the all-electric crossover. The car has been the subject of multiple production delays so far, so Tesla fans are all too familiar with a little wait time.

The Model X’s debut was originally slated for the end of the 2013, but it was pushed back to 2014 and then 2015. For new reservations, you’ll have to wait until 2016. The company’s focus on Model S production and overall profitability have been the major culprits for the crossover’s rescheduling thus far, but those nifty ‘Falcon Wing’ doors have proven troublesome as well.

Speaking at the 2015 Detroit Auto Show, Tesla CEO Elon Musk said, “It’s been two steps forward, one step back. Really, it was important to me that the doors were not just a gimmick, but a fundamental improvement to the functionality of the cars.”

Unlike gullwing doors, the Model X’s units open up, not out, tucking themselves inward to save space. The unique design has reportedly given Tesla some issues with sealing, but they should make passenger egress (especially from the third row) easier in the long run.

There is some good news though, as the automaker has posted the Model X’s powertrain range on its website. The electric car will be offered with 60 kWh, 85 kWh, and 85 kWh ‘Performance’ options, all of which will benefit from a dual motor all-wheel drive system.

Tesla did not confirm power outputs for each system, but it makes sense that it will follow the Model S’ scale. If so, the 60 kWh and 85 kWh units should produce 380 horsepower (the 85 kWh battery provides extended range), while the 85 kWh Performance option could provide the P85D’s 691 hp and massive 864 pound-feet of torque.

A 691-hp electric CUV with Falcon Wing doors? That’s good enough to take your breath away.

Considering Tesla’s penchant for delaying the car, though, we don’t recommend holding it.


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