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    Tesla Model X Spotted by California Photographer


    • Spy shots reveal the general shape of the coming Tesla Model X Crossover

    Tesla's hotly-anticipated Model X continues testing in California and Los Altos shutterbug hushypuppy has snapped half a dozen photos of the electric carmaker's crossover rolling down city streets. The company has yet to reveal photos of the production vehicle.

     

    The vehicle is vital to the Palo Alto-based carmaker's future. The twice delayed Tesla Model X has attracted over 21,000 pre-orders and is predicted to push Tesla (NASDAQ: TSLA) shares up 70%. Deliveries are expected to begin in Q3 2015.

     

    High definition photos can be viewed at VWVortex.
    Source: VWVortex; HybridCars.com

     

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    Tesla definitely needs these sooner rather than later.  They have to expand their portfolio if they want to get into that wonderful realm known as profitability.  I really like what they're doing, and want to see them succeed, but the slow speed at which new models are rolling out is concerning.  They also need to get that upcoming lower-priced more mass market vehicle into production.  If they want to survive as a separate entity that will be a must.  If they hope to continue operating as an independent company they will need these models to hit the roads and really take off.  If they keep going as they have, mostly catering to a smaller niche due to their pricing and exclusivity they will eventually need to become part of something bigger as have companies like Lamborghini, Ferrari, and oh so many others.  I don't want to see that happen, I want to see Tesla get some new things out there and really take off, for there to be a big 4 American car companies, but they have a lot of work to do.

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    No gull-wing doors I'm guessing?

     

    Falcon-wing doors are still slated to be on the production vehicle. One of the engineering hangups was properly sealing the doors and the body, which has since been overcome. 

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    No gull-wing doors I'm guessing?

     

    Falcon-wing doors are still slated to be on the production vehicle. One of the engineering hangups was properly sealing the doors and the body, which has since been overcome. 

     

    I do love some crazy doors on a car.  Maybe they're just for show and less about functionality, but I don't care, non-traditional doors are just awesome.

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    It [bMW model] looks like a [any other BMW model].  They didn't change much of anything.

     

    It [Audi model] looks like a [any other Audi model].  They didn't change much of anything.

     

    It [Porsche model] looks like a [any other Porsche model].  They didn't change much of anything.

     

    It [VW model] looks like a [any other VW model].  They didn't change much of anything.

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    "Hotly anticipated"  LOL!  :rolleyes:

     

    What other vehicles currently have 21,000 or more pre-orders which require a substantial down payment?

     

    I'm more interested in this thing's release to the public than the Ford GT at this point, and that is one beautiful car that is going to be very rare.  That GT will be an amazing car, I'm certain, but Tesla models will have more impact on the future of the automotive industry.  Even if you don't care for them, they are pushing the boundaries of what you can do with an electric vehicle, helping to validate EVs as an option for the average consumer, and are allowing others to copy their patents which could result in better EVs from any number of manufacturers.  Whether you are in the market for their vehicles or not you should be anticipating whatever Tesla does next because it is a sign of what may very well be the future for whichever brands you do like.

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    "Hotly anticipated"  LOL!  :rolleyes:

     

    What other vehicles currently have 21,000 or more pre-orders which require a substantial down payment?

     

    It is hotly anticipated... by his parents.

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    "Hotly anticipated"  LOL!  :rolleyes:

     

    What other vehicles currently have 21,000 or more pre-orders which require a substantial down payment?

     

    It is hotly anticipated... by his parents.

     

     

    It's not a terribly expensive vehicle compared to the competition. It helps that I made a mint investing in recession-era Ford stock and don't purchase a new vehicle every year. 

     

    Of course, I think I should've put the money into selling sour grape juice. Business would be good!

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    Well if they cannot make a door handle work on a consistent basis, how are they going to make a reliable gullwing door assembly?  I am sure they will send out a diesel powered service truck quickly to haul it in though.

     

    Booyah, I will leave you alone on this and let you have your fun.  You are the perfect admin for the Tesla forum here.  I will never believe that an electric vehicle is practical at all, especially at Tesla prices, S or X.  I will not back down from that, but I also don't want to bite your ankles all the time.  Maybe just once in a while I will come into the Tesla section and post a devilishly clever remark, how's that sound?  :)

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    Read some 2013, company-hinted info that stated the Model X was going to be priced slightly higher than the base Model S. 

    If that's the case, the Model X is a HUGE gamble… not due to the pricing, but WRT the company's bottom (red) line.

    Model 3 is the future/ hope/ savior for the company, it should have arrived before the X and been here already.

    The clock is ticking loudly on Tesla...

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    Read some 2013, company-hinted info that stated the Model X was going to be priced slightly higher than the base Model S. 

    If that's the case, the Model X is a HUGE gamble… not due to the pricing, but WRT the company's bottom (red) line.

    Model 3 is the future/ hope/ savior for the company, it should have arrived before the X and been here already.

    The clock is ticking loudly on Tesla...

     Elon has billions in his bank account and his ego is on the line with Tesla.  I think Telsa will be okay for a while. 

     

    That said, one of the early pieces is apparently in place for the Model-3. From what I understand is the front motor setup in the P85D is likely to be the base rear motor in the Model 3. 

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    If that's the case, the Model X is a HUGE gamble… not due to the pricing, but WRT the company's bottom (red) line.

    Model 3 is the future/ hope/ savior for the company, it should have arrived before the X and been here already.

    The clock is ticking loudly on Tesla...

    Why should Tesla ignore the one of the most important segments for luxury automakers? Just off the top of my head:

    • Lexus RX350: ~40% sales
    • Porsche Cayenne: ~45% sales
    • Cadillac SRX: ~ 34% sales

    Lexus' other 11 models are fighting for 60%. The Cayenne saved Porsche. The SRX is in the top three sellers of its category. Two of these brands have wide lineups, yet their crossovers constitute over one-third of sales.

    Crossovers appeal to arguably the widest demographics. Go to any auto show and you'll find new couples to retirees checking out RR Evoque's and M-Class'. At college, plenty of young men and women would be driving Cayenne Turbo's and RR Sports, instead of sport-sedans. 

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    The Model X is based on the Model S. It's only financially prudent to make the vehicle before the Model 3. If Tesla immediately got to work with a new platform, they wouldn't have the capital and confidence to build a necessary charging network and battery factory. I think those last two things are readily and purposefully ignored by people here.

    FWIW: Each Model X preorder requires a $5,000-upfront pledge. At last tally, that equals ~$105 million in preorders and it's still growing.

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