California-based EV-maker Tesla has confirmed that it will launch its first crossover, the Model X, in Australia in Q3 2016. That is roughly 12 months after the car will be introduced in the United States, where its deliveries will start from September 2015.
The right-hand drive (RHD) models’ allocation process is already in place at Tesla’s facility and customers in Australia can pre-order the Model X by paying a deposit of AU$6,000.
“We’ve got a set time for [the arrival of] RHD Model X vehicles in Australia and it’s quarter three,” Tesla Motors Australia’s marketing and communications manager, Heath Walker, told Motoring.
He further added that that the Australia faced a two-year delay in the arrival of the Model S sedan because the company required extra time for testing the RHD models. However, this won’t happen with the Model X. “Model X production for RHD markets, like Australia and the UK and others, is in the bag. The allotment is there,” Mr. Walker commented.
Tesla CEO Elon Musk revealed last month that the Model X will reach 0 to 60 mph (0-97 km/h) in 3.2 or 3.3 seconds. It will have range of 400 to 500 kms depending upon the battery pack equipped, and also get falcon wing doors, which offer extra accessibility to the third row. Meanwhile, the front trunk and the boot will offer “more storage capacity” than the Model X rivals.
More details regarding the technical specifications and the final design of the Model X haven’t been disclosed. The company is yet to finalise the price of the Model X, although Mr. Walker stated that its cost will be “similar” to the Model S, which starts from AU$ 106,900.
The next Tesla after the Model X will be the entry-level Model 3. The company plans to reveal its design in Q1 2016 and commence its deliveries from H2 2017. It’s likely to compete with the Mercedes-Benz C-Class, Jaguar XE and the BMW 3 Series.
[News Source: Motoring]