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Tesla Model X To Launch In December

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On: Tue, Aug 23, 2011 at 9:05AM | By: Chris Weiss

Tesla Model X To Launch In December

Out with the old, in with the new... This year, Tesla will officially end production of its Roadster, a car that has invigorated the world of all-electric vehicles. According to a quarterly earnings call with Tesla CEO Elon Musk, Tesla will also launch a concept version of its next vehicle—the Model X crossover—before the end of 2011.

Tesla plans to finish up an alpha model of the crossover, and unveil it sometime in mid-December. This confirms past reports that Tesla would introduce the new model before the end of the year.

It's not clear exactly where Tesla will launch the car, though the Tokyo Motor Show, which runs from November 30 to December 11, is the only major auto show that month. Tesla could always do a web unveil, or save the Model X for the North American International Auto Show (Detroit) in January.

Musk seems pretty confident in the December window, though. According to Venture Beat, he said: "The plan is to have an unveiling of the Model X prototype in the mid-December time frame. So far it’s looking good, I don’t think anything will cause an issue."

The Model X will hit production in 2013 and Tesla hopes to sell about 15,000 per year. Before that, the Model S sedan will take the torch from the Roadster as the sole bearer of the Tesla name when it hits the market around the middle of next year. The Model S and Model X will share a platform, helping to speed the development of the crossover.

The Model S will come in several versions. The first 1,000 to be built will be a "Signature Series" of the range-topping model that offers up to 300 miles-per-charge. That model will cost $69,900 after federal tax incentives. Below that will be a $59,900 230-mile version and a $49,900 160-mile model.


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