Tesla's Model X Delayed (Again) Until 2015, Says Sale to Apple is "Very Unlikely"
February 20, 2014 10:48 AM
The delay is due to Model X design
It looks like Tesla Motors'
will see yet another delay as CEO Elon Musk says he's not entirely happy with the design yet.
, Musk admitted to being a "perfectionist" when it comes to product design, and he feels the Model X just isn't there yet.
"It's damn hard to make an SUV in particular that is beautiful and yet incredibly functional at the same time," said Musk. "It's a harder design problem than the Model S."
While the Model X design is a core issue, Musk added that the expansion of Model S sales into Europe and Asia in 2013 and 2014 is a cause for delay. Tesla is making sure both vehicles are being tended to properly, but the Model S has a lot going on right now.
The Model X is Tesla's upcoming electric SUV, which Musk shed some light on recently. He said the new EV will be heavier than the Model S with 10 percent higher energy consumption; have the same wheelbase as the Model S, but will be taller since it's a crossover; sport "Falcon Doors" for rear seat occupants, and feature all-wheel-drive as a standard with a separate electric motor driving the front wheels.
Other reported features are three battery capacities (40, 60, and 85 kWh), the ability to sprint from 0 to 60 mph in around 4.4 seconds and a maximum driving range between 214 to 267 miles.
Elon Musk with the Model X [SOURCE: Sun Country Highway]
The Model X was originally slated to release in 2013 for $49,900, but it was delayed to 2014. Now it's delayed yet another year.
In other Tesla-related news, Musk addressed rumors regarding
Tesla's talks with tech giant Apple
. He admitted that the two companies were in talks, but he didn't mention anything about an acquisition. He added that a sale was "very unlikely," but further mentioned that he'd be open to it if the opportunity allowed Tesla to make a mass-market for affordable and compelling EVs.
But it doesn't look like that time is right now.
Tesla looks to be doing just fine on its own for the time being. Just yesterday, the company
reported a profit
of $46 million (33 cents a share), which beat analyst forecasts of 21 cents a share. Also, Tesla's fourth-quarter loss decreased to $16.2 million, which is much slimmer than the $90 million loss a year earlier.
More good news is that Tesla's vehicle sales rose to $610.9 million from $294.4 million a year ago. The Palo Alto, California automaker said it delivered 6,900 Model S electric cars globally in Q4.
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