Guys, guys, guys! Hey you guys, Tesla is really, finally, going to come out with a real vehicle other than the Model S (because, let’s face it, the Roadster doesn’t count). That’s right, the long-awaited and much ballyhooed Model X is finally coming. Originally, the new crossover was supposed to be released in 2014, but Tesla wanted to get things just so. Now, the release date has been pushed to sometime early in 2015, which hopefully does not turn into sometime during the summer of 2015.
In case you don’t know, the Model X will be a much more utilitarian electric vehicle. It boasts three rows (the third row actually will be optional), a liftgate, and some ultra-cool falcon-wing doors. In fact, with both doors open on one side, there is a huge opening in the side of the vehicle. Tesla claims that the opening allows third-row occupants to get in and out without moving the second-row seats at all. The doors are supposed to allow people to get into and out of the vehicle without having to stoop, and they can be programmed to raise only so far up, avoiding contact with low overhangs.
The announcement from Tesla conspicuously said nothing about pricing or how many Model Xs will be made each year. Of course there are all kinds of figures being thrown out by others in the industry right now, but those are likely just pure speculation or at best educated guesses.
The launch of the Model X is supremely important for Tesla. Investors, other automakers, and the public in general will be watching eagerly to see if the electric carmaker can pull off another hit like the Model S. If it flubs the Model X, most people will likely write Tesla off as a one-trick pony and chalk the Model S up to luck. If the Model X is as well put-together, expect to see the company’s star shine that much brighter.