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The delay is due to Model X design

It looks like Tesla Motors Model X will see yet another delay as CEO Elon Musk says he s not entirely happy with the design yet.

According to Bloomberg . 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]

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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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