The first SUV for the all-electric carmaker was supposed to hit the market in 2013, but several delays caused by the popularity of the Model S and Tesla’s ‘don’t rush, get it right’ approach will see the Model X launched in the US during the third or final quarters of this year.
Late last year, Tesla announced a Q3 2015 debut for the Model X, and the carmaker looks set to keep that promise with Musk announcing deliveries for US customers will begin in the next “three to four months”.
Musk said he has recently been driving the Model X prototype, stating at the carmaker’s annual shareholder’s meeting this week that the Model X will be better at ‘being’ an SUV than the Model S is at being a luxury sedan.
Some Tesla customers put deposits down for Model Xs over three years ago. Of these, Bloomberg reports that the EV SUV is proving popular among female buyers.
That latter point confirmed by Musk who revealed earlier this year that more than 50 percent of Model X orders have come from women. The Model S and Roadster have been more popular with male customers to date.
Tesla Australia declared its interest in the Model X at the launch of the Model S last year, but timing and confirmation for the SUV’s local launch is yet to be announced.
The Model S is set for another software update shortly, which concentrates on providing owners with more autonomous features.
Once the Model X arrives, Tesla’s next challenge will be the more modest Model 3 sedan, which is rumoured to carry a starting price in the US of around US$35,000 (AU$45,083).
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