By on September 1, 2015

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Prospective buyers of Tesla’s coming Model X SUV can go online Tuesday and pick out their color and options for their cars, which should be arriving at the end of September, Automotive News is reporting.

The online configurator popped up Monday night for potential buyers and forum users started posting pictures of their cars online. The pictures are the first from the automaker before its official reveal.

The interior pictures detail seating for seven adults and the Model X’s falcon doors that will reportedly sport sensors that keep passengers from getting out hitting the doors on low garages.

According to the Automotive News report, the Model X Signature series will start at $132,000 and can be configured with Tesla’s “Ludicrous Speed” update that’ll boost performance.

A standard Model X can also get the “Ludicrous Speed” update, but buyers would have to opt first for the performance package and then “Ludicrous Speed” beyond that.

Other features on the Model X include the option to have the car park itself, leather seating, heated and ventilated seats and the ability to return your federal rebate satellite radio.

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(Photos courtesy the automaker.)

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59 Comments on “Model X Buyers Can Spec Out Their $100K Cars, Add $10K in Speed, Still Get Rebate...”


  • avatar
    Car Ramrod

    Does the windshield really extend that far back? Weird.

    This thing looks strange like a ’96 Taurus.

    Anybody else notice that the front door appears frameless, but the rear has a HUGE frame?

    • 0 avatar

      It’s because they need structural rigidity for those doors. The A and B pillars are thick.

      Thing is, you can already see that the front passenger’s legs are gonna be COOKED BY THE SUN.

      Multiple Myeloma anyone?

      • 0 avatar
        Car Ramrod

        Down here in FL the range has to be impacted by how long the A/C will have to run to keep the driver cool.

        • 0 avatar

          Stop it Ramrod.

          The fanboys don’t want to discuss how AC or heated seats impact range.

          Nor do they want to discuss the cost of ownership.

          Nor do they want to discuss the logic behind simply buying a well-equipped ICE for 3 times less.

          Nor do they understand that Global Warming is nothing more than TAXES on ENERGY USE.

          Notice they don’t tax people in poor countries like this. It’s because they can’t. But Americans are idiots so they’ll just fill your kid’s minds with their agenda in Hollywood films and then capitalize on their stupidity later.

          SUBSIDIZING THE RICH smh.

          Now Rich people can have a toy that your broke self can only dream about!

          And they can use the HOV lanes while you wait in traffic like the plebeian SHEEP you are.

      • 0 avatar
        Steve65

        Windshield glass blocks UVA and UVB. I’d have thought a know-it-all like you would know that.

      • 0 avatar
        Master Baiter

        Glass blocks UV, so no cancer risk.

        • 0 avatar
          TonyJZX

          and thru all this the car will be backordered for the next 3yrs, Musk will get even richer and Tesla stock will double… damn free market

          no one will say the obvious, the car is fine, it fulfills its design spec, the audience love it, it will sell

          capitalism at work

  • avatar
    SCE to AUX

    The class-envy editorializing about EV subsidies ‘for the rich’ are getting old. We get it.

    Tesla customers will buy their cars anyway, regardless of the rebates. Nissan is the company whose sales have benefited more. Besides, this is a GOVERNMENT policy, not something the car companies forced upon us.

    Take it up with your legislator.

    • 0 avatar
      Russycle

      While you’re at it, mention the billions of dollars we’re spending to subsidize the gasahol industry.

    • 0 avatar
      velvet fog

      I don’t care if it runs on unicorn farts and cures the common cold, a $100k car doesn’t deserve a rebate. I get that the role of rebates to drive adoption, but they should drive adoption by making the technology available to more people, not buying down the price for people who can already afford it.

      As far as talking to my legislator, I don’t have the money for a personal lobbyist to tell them how I feel about the whole cesspool of rebates, subsidies, incentives for “alt fuel” vehicles.

      • 0 avatar
        dtremit

        I get the sentiment you’re expressing — but focusing on which consumer gets the rebate is really missing the point of having the rebate in the first place

        Electric car rebates exist because of a belief that society as a whole benefits if a certain number of people are driving electric cars. That benefit doesn’t really increase or decrease depending on whether Joe Six-Pack or Daddy Warbucks is buying the EV.

        In aggregate, the more people there are with electric cars, the more it makes sense to have infrastructure for them — and a thousand Teslas generate the same infrastructure demand as a thousand Leafs.

        On the individual level, presumably a given electric car displaces an individual gasoline car. In that case, the Tesla driver probably would be driving something with a lot bigger engine than a Leaf driver.

        Now, you could make a good argument that we ought to directly subsidize EV infrastructure, rather than individual EV purchases. That I’d line up behind.

    • 0 avatar
      Lack Thereof

      Bush-era “work truck” subsidies got spent on $80,000 leather-trimmed crewcab short-bed 4×4’s to shuttle business owners around the suburbs.

      Not sure that this is much different at all.

    • 0 avatar
      shaker

      Focusing your anger on EV rebates is like your dermatologist focusing on your acne pimples while you’re sporting a huge MELANOMA*. The Gov’t pisses away a thousand times as much on things less helpful to the American public.

      *From driving a car with a DRASTICALLY-SLOPED WINDSHIELD.

      ACTUALLY, EV’S WITH REBATES CAUSE CANCER-I READ IT ON THE INTERNET

    • 0 avatar
      probert

      You do know that most off your military budget goes to defending oil supplies, and distribution routes. And that 9/11 and thousands of other deaths, that you no doubt make noise about caring about, are the direct result of oil policy. Bring that up to your legislator – and next time you run your car while you’re in the piggly wiggly, so the AC can keep it cool – think of all the dead Americans who made that possible.

    • 0 avatar
      shaker

      Like it or not, the first (100,000 or so) of the Toyota Prius had a tax rebate as well – that may well have helped establish and maintain the model, and helped Toyota establish the market.

      It would not be a stretch to say that, in some measure, the countless millions of gallons of gas saved by cars like the Prius around the world may have a small part in reduced demand and the lower prices we have today.

      EV adoption has the potential to make a much bigger dent in demand, possibly to the point that our entire domestic need for oil could be covered by domestic supply.

      We need even more than that, as our military still needs oil – better have it be supplied from “home base”, you know.

      Don’t forget that our demand for oil propped up the Saudi royals, and their political system that germinated Al Qaeda and most of the 9/11 terrorists.
      Iran, ISIS and Putin like their oil bucks, too.

      Lest we forget as we floor the pedal on our… hellcats.

  • avatar
    anti121hero

    Looks kind of like a KIA.. And some other cars… Very bland.

  • avatar
    DeeDub

    There’s no way adults of normal height fit in the third row, not with that squashback roofline.

    • 0 avatar
      RideHeight

      Shhh… the elephant in the room has noticed you.

      Yeah, this just looks like a Model S that soaked up a lot of moisture.

      But not when those flappy doors are open!

    • 0 avatar
      heavy handle

      Other than a “short bus” (Sprinter, Transit, Promaster), adults don’t fit in the third row of any modern SUV, even a Suburban.

      That’s not what the third row is for. It’s for occasionally taking the neighbor’s kids (as well as your own) to the ball park.

  • avatar

    I’m still impressed anyone can start up a new car company in 2015. Tesla is still a novelty in most places, and the owners clearly have to pass an enthusiasm test to be able to buy one.

    Will they take the car back like Ferrari if you paint it Nyan Cat or something else unapproved ?

  • avatar

    $100,000???

    I expected the Tesla Model X to be the AFFORDABLE Plug-in Electric vehicle that the American public would be able to AFFORD – so that we could stop the rise of CO2 emissions and SAVE THE PLANET EARTH from the evils of GLOBAL WARMING???

    I thought this and the P85D would be priced in sub-6 figure salary so that the AVERAGE AMERICAN homeowner (home renter) would be able to buy one???

    I will go, video and drive this thing – make a video and then spend the next 2 years defending myself from Tesla FANBOYS who want to low-ball the off-the-lot cost of these things.

    Along with the P85D which is $135,000 until I say otherwise.

    guess the Jeep HELLCAT has its work cut out for it?

    Well – at least that one will be less than $100,000.

    There is no “+$10,000 for speed” when you buy a supercharged HEMI.

    • 0 avatar
      SCE to AUX

      Actually, the Signature Series is a lot more than $100k:

      http://insideevs.com/tesla-model-x-signature-series-240-miles-range-60-3-8-seconds-132000/

    • 0 avatar
      SunnyvaleCA

      Big Truck: I’m not sure why you thought an SUV would cost much less than the $100k+ car on which it is based. One thing the various hellcats don’t let you do: solo use of the carpool lane here in California. Plus, various businesses are putting in electrical chargers for bonus points with the government; in addition to these chargers giving you a prime (and available) parking spot, they also are often free to the user. As far as the price… what vehicle would you rather have that has these perks? I’d rather my commute car be a P85D verses a Volt or plug-in Prius. There’s plenty of time to enjoy a hellcat when the carpool lanes aren’t active, so just get both!

      The average American homeowner (home renter) can’t really afford a hellcat either. Apartment renters might not do well with either vehicle: no place to charge the electric and retribution from other renters over the obnoxious noise of the hellcat.

      >>> There is no “+$10,000 for speed” when you buy a supercharged HEMI. <<<
      The $10k premium is the "supercharged hemi" option itself. You can get many of those cars with a less powerful engine that costs less.

    • 0 avatar
      mcs

      SRT = Scared to Race a Tesla.

    • 0 avatar
      28-Cars-Later

      C’mon BTSR Musk had to limit his losses per car, of course it will be like 100K.

    • 0 avatar

      “There is no “+$10,000 for speed” when you buy a supercharged HEMI.”

      Well, that’s because it IS the option you apply for more speed. It just so happens that, with ICE, it isn’t as easy to add speed through software modifications, which is one of the benefits of Tesla’s technology. Besides, do you complain about Porche’s option costs? They’re ridiculous. THAT is the type of car Tesla is competing with, not some $40k FCA product. You know this.

  • avatar
    APaGttH

    Ummm, I thought the promised price point was going to be…oh never mind.

  • avatar
    WhiskeyRiver

    Consumer Reports has already virtual driven the virtual car and given it 200 points out of 100 possible and NHTSA has given it 6 stars out of 5 for safety.

    My virtual gunmetal grey one sure is pretty.

  • avatar
    Master Baiter

    Doesn’t look like it wants to go off road with that lack of ground clearance and minimal suspension travel.

    • 0 avatar
      RideHeight

      Often hard to tell on this site when snark is happening but did anyone ever seriously purport that this would be even a mild off-roader?

      That seems like going logging in a pair of Santonis. BUT given the Teslites anything imbecilic is possible.

  • avatar
    VenomV12

    Blah blah blah, I want to know if this thing can tow anything at all and what its range will be under heavy load. I am so sick of these lazy auto journalists and their publications and their half-assed testing. Take the new Volvo XC90 for example, Volvo decided that 4 cylinder engines are the way to go, fine, get off your butts, go to U-Haul, get the biggest trailer it can tow and fill it up and then tell us how the engine sounds under load, what the range is, etc etc. Tired of the regurgitated PR press releases, puff pieces and embargo nonsense where the tail wags the dog and the automakers are controlling the narrative.

    • 0 avatar
      nickoo

      Number of cylinders has very little to do with towing capability.

    • 0 avatar
      SCE to AUX

      The Model X is rated to tow 5000 lbs.

      • 0 avatar
        VenomV12

        Maybe. Care to hazard a guess what the range will be when you tow that much? Guessing it won’t be pretty. Also, how will you get your Model X with a trailer behind it to charge at a supercharger? That should be a pretty good sight to see. I can pull my SUV with a trailer up to the pump lengthwise, fill up in a few minutes and pull straight out, Model X with a trailer, well that’s kind of impossible to do. Don’t think Ol’ Musky thought the stations quite through. Also as someone mentioned somewhere else, with those stupid gulping doors, you won’t be able to put anything on the roof. It will also be interesting to see how those gullwing doors fare when parked in a 2 car garage and all the stuff running down the middle for the garage door like the huge steel beam and the motor are uncomfortably close when those doors swing up. Also very low parking garages.

    • 0 avatar
      probert

      ith maximum torque at 0 rpm, I’ll bet it can tow fairly well.

  • avatar
    S2k Chris

    Only a bunch of dweebs would get their panties all twisted about fanbois and tax rebates and other classwarfare garbage and not want to discuss ZERO TO SIXTY IN 3.2 SECONDS. Mother Of God.

    • 0 avatar
      28-Cars-Later

      If they can develop better battery technology and actually offer more of a range (say 400mi from the current 265), Musk will be a trillionaire.

      • 0 avatar
        SunnyvaleCA

        >>> If they can develop better battery technology and actually offer more of a range (say 400mi from the current 265), Musk will be a trillionaire. <<<

        As far as I know, the battery technology is not part of Tesla and Tesla is doing little (or no) primary battery research. If battery technology improves greatly because of new technological breakthroughs, then all the mainstream car companies will jump on board with their own offerings (and established brand and established dealer networks, etc) and put Tesla out of business. Tesla's main benefit right now is that there is no direct competition because mainstream car companies are taking a wait-and-see approach.

        • 0 avatar
          28-Cars-Later

          Interesting point. I would imagine though if Tesla developed the tech and patented it, Tesla/Musk could be even richer though royalties in licensed technology.

          • 0 avatar
            SunnyvaleCA

            >>> if Tesla developed the tech and patented it <<<

            Maybe the breakthrough will come to Musk in a dream. Otherwise, without research, I don't see how Tesla is going to have a battery breakthrough.

    • 0 avatar
      RideHeight

      “ZERO TO SIXTY IN 3.2 SECONDS. Mother Of God.”

      Meh, skydive w/o chute, lots cheaper:

      “60mph is 88 feet per second(fps)
      The acceleration due to gravity is 32 feet per second per second
      so for every second you are falling you add 32 feet per second to your speed.
      first second you get to 32fps
      next second you reach 64fps
      third second 96fps
      so the answer is about 88/32 or 2.75 seconds”

      -Malcolm Sargeant @
      http://www.quora.com/How-fast-will-a-free-fall-take-me-from-0-60-mph

  • avatar
    nickoo

    Tesla is 100% hosed if the giga factory isnt priming to produce the next generation of batteries using the next generation production techniqueswhich are already being proven in labs and pilot production facilities and there is no evidence they are doing so. I hope the x hype puts tsla above 300 so i can by long dated bets against tsla cheap.

  • avatar
    probert

    Wow – the dim bulb parade is out in force. Even for TTAC this is an impressive showing. I think Farago just came in his pants.

  • avatar
    mchan1

    ANY Tesla autos should not/never be subsidized.

    If the buyer wants to do his/her thing in helping the environment, then let them buy it themselves WITHOUT the help of tax subsidies which are taken from other taxpayers’ tax dollars!

    Those that Can afford a Tesla does Not need to be subsidized by others!

    • 0 avatar
      SCE to AUX

      GM/Ford/FCA/Tesla/Walmart should never be subsidized.

      If a company wants to build a factory or store to provide jobs, let them build it themselves WITHOUT the help of tax subsidies.

      Companies that can afford to build factories do not need to be subsidized by others!

  • avatar
    jkross22

    Cool lookin’ car. Faster than any other vehicle of its type. Wickedly expensive.

    So, it’s an exotic SUV/SAV/CUV.

    I’m as interested in this as I am in a BMW M SUV. Also as likely to buy it.

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