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by Brett Davis

Electric vehicle manufacturer Tesla says it has already received US$40 million ($37 million) in pre-orders for the new Model X, following the luxury crossover’s unveiling late last week.

The Model X is the electric sports car maker’s third model, following the Roadster and the Model S. It showcases modern designs inside and out, three-row seating, and an all-electric all-wheel drive powertrain.

The Model X’s party trick is its unique gullwing-style rear doors, which it calls ‘falcon doors’. These feature double hinges and are able to unfold, proving a large opening for rear-seat access.

Tesla says the Model X was the third most popular vehicle search on Google on the day of its unveiling, meaning there were plenty of intrigued fans and potential buyers wanting a glimpse.

It’s no wonder really. The Model X is the first fully electric cross-over to hit the market, featuring two electric motors and two optional power ratings.

Despite all the orders, which were said to be around $75,000 each – depending on the options – buyers won’t receive their vehicles until around 2014. Production is set to commence towards the end of 2013.




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