Elon Musk: Tesla Model X Will Be AWD Only (w/video)
In London, Tesla Motors CEO Elon Musk spilled the beans on the upcoming Tesla Model X.
Expected to launch in late 2014, Musk says the Model X will carry a price tag that’s slightly (low single-digit percentage) higher than that of the Model S ($60,000 to $100,000-plus).
Pricing isn’t the BIG news though. For the first time ever, Musk stated that the Model X will only come in AWD. Apparently, rear-wheel-drive will not be offered (though Tesla’s notoriously slow-to-update website still shows AWD and RWD as being offered on the Model X).
Here are the words of Musk:
“The Model X’s price will be very similar to the Model S. It might be slightly higher, but… I can’t imagine that it will be… It’s probably going to be a slightly higher starting price because the Model X will only be offered as all-wheel drive. It will be dual motor, all-wheel drive.”
Since the statement was made in London, perhaps Musk was stating that, in the UK, the AWD version will be the only Model X offered. Maybe…just maybe…there will still be a RWD Model X in the US.
The move to AWD-only certainly makes sense to us and it will definitely allow Tesla to charge a bit more money for the 7-seat SUV.
Musk talks Model X at the 24-minute mark. Fair warning: The video and audio quality are downright awful.
Source: Tesla Motors Club Forum