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Mike Stevens | Jun, 18 2014 | 1 Comment

Electric vehicle manufacturer Tesla has reassured buyers this week that its new Model X SUV remains on target for an early 2015 launch.

The news follows confirmation last year that the Model X’s production had been pushed back to late 2014, instead of its original late 2013 schedule.

This week, an email sent to reservation holders confirmed both an early 2015 launch, and a number of key feature and production details.

Among them, the electric carmaker confirmed that the Model X will retain the ‘Falcon’ gullwing doors that wowed crowds at the SUV’s initial unveiling.

The Falcon doors are understood to have been partly responsible for the Model X’s production delay, with Tesla needing time to ensure that the complex opening mechanisms would operate as intended.

(Tesla founder Elon Musk was quoted in February by business paper Bloomberg as saying it is “damn hard to make an SUV that is beautiful yet incredibly functional at the same time”.)

The email added that a three-row layout will be available but it won’t be a standard feature, and the second and third rows will fold flat for increased cargo space.

All-wheel-drive will also be standard, as confirmed on Tesla’s own Model X website earlier this year.

Only two configurations are expected: Model X and Model X Performance.

Both feature a dual electric motor setup - that is, one motor at each axle - with one model offering a 60kWh battery pack and the other a 85kWh unit.

The Model X’s sedan sibling, the Model S, has also moved closer to an Australian debut, with official pricing finally announced earlier this month.

Like the Model X, the Model S is available with 60 and 85kWh batteries, however three model grades will be offered.

Watch for more details on the Model X to appear over the coming months.

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