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Tesla’s upcoming all-electric X built with women in

Tesla Motors (TSLA ) its upcoming all-electric Model X, to hit the highways in 2014, combines the of a minivan with a design as as an SUV.

And while the seven-passenger X is gender-neutral — there’s overtly feminine about the car it was built with families and drivers in mind: Think who regularly haul around children, their friends, and sports equipment.

The Model X is on Tesla’s website as being an built around the driver and six of her friends. To make sure the team was on the right track, last year invited a Palo Alto-area women to its for a freewheeling, three-hour focus led by Franz von Holzhausen, Tesla’s designer. Also, several of the who worked on the Model X are women, Nancy Holman, Susanne and Kimberly Marte.

Since unveiled the Model X earlier month, more than 500 have placed reservations for the including men who say they are buying the X for their wives, as well as who reserved the car for themselves. Neither the expected range between or price has been announced, but says it will be comparable in and price to its upcoming all-electric S luxury sedan, which have a base price of

There’s been a lot of buzz the Model X’s Falcon passenger doors, which hinges on the top and open upward, than sliding sideways the doors of typical minivans. The trunk is deep enough to fit of groceries, camping equipment or a and there’s additional storage in a trunk that Tesla the frunk. The seats are leather: for cleaning up crumbs and spills.

The seats slide all the way forward even with a baby’s car installed — which it easy to access the third row of

My sister has kids, including two in seats, and she drives a minivan, von Holzhausen, who oversees about 100 at Tesla’s design studio in near Los Angeles. I had to climb the car seats to get into the back and it seemed ridiculous to have to do to get in and out of the car.

At the women’s focus group, asked the participants, most of drive minivans and SUVs, to about their cars how they use them and what like and don’t like them.

Safety was a big issue for all the as was ease of getting kids in and out of car and access to the third-row seats. cared a lot about how the car looked, others focused more on Many of the SUV drivers said didn’t like having to up into their car.

surveyed the market niche which includes the Cadillac and Honda Odyssey — an eye toward creating a vehicle combined functionality with At the same time, it wanted to a car men would be excited to drive,

The focus group was great it validated a lot of our own thinking, von Holzhausen Women don’t want an feminine vehicle — want to feel secure. But it has to be enough for a guy to feel confident as

We didn’t want to make a Kitty edition.

It costs to reserve a Model X, or $40,000 for who want the limited edition X Signature.

Tesla hasn’t what the gender breakdown is for the X reservations placed to date. Tesla Motors forums, tend to be dominated by men, posts by men who are ordering the Model X for wives after having a Model S, which is scheduled to this summer, for themselves.


She likes her current vehicle but I a suspicion that she’s to really like the convenience of needing to go to the gas station once the S gets here, wrote one man on the earlier this month. I’m afraid that have to fight her for the S; if I have the X on order I can get away with it.

But women are also ordering the X themselves.

Bonnie Norman, 58, is a at Care Innovations, a joint between Intel (INTC ) and Electric. She owns a Tesla and lives in Loomis, northeast of

Norman doesn’t have children, and had already made a for the Model S. But after attending party for the Model X in Los Angeles, she her mind — and put down to reserve the Model X Signature, the limited edition version. She is No. 3 in

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I dropped my Model S reservation I need the extra space the X is ideal for road trips, and when family visits, said.

Laurence Rabe and her partner Sloan also reserved a X.

It is closer to a BMW X6 than anything in style, Rabe said in an We do not have any kids and made our the day of the unveiling, simply because not is this a very sexy and car but it is a very good looking

The Model X is fast, accelerating 0 to 60 miles per hour in about seconds. It’s also because there’s no engine allowing music to flood the of the cabin. And it’s spacious and on the inside, thanks to a lot of natural pouring in through large

Von Holzhausen’s parents, who live on the Coast, came to the Model X event earlier this

My mom marched into the reservation and reserved a Model X for herself, von said. She drives a Jeep, she has grandchildren. She didn’t ask my dad. She went ahead and did it.

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Seats in three rows; second row forward for easy access to row.

Falcon Wing open upward.

Comes choice of two battery packs: 60 kWh or 85 kWh between charges yet to be announced).

with the Tesla touch a 17-inch in-dash display includes driver controls, apps and Web connectivity

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