Tesla Model X To Launch In Australia In Q3 2016

AUG 19 2015 BY ERIC LOVEDAY 10

Tesla Model X Coming To Australia In Q3 2016

Tesla Model X Coming To Australia In Q3 2016

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Tesla Motors made it official heading in August…

Pre-orders are now not only being accepted for the Tesla Model X in Australia, but first deliveries are set for Q3 2016.

According to CNET:

“The Australian rollout of the electric vehicle will follow a launch in the US and other left-hand-drive markets in the coming months, and follows production delays that Tesla put down to the increased testing needed for the Model X.”

In Australia, those interested in reserving a Model X are required to put down a fully-refundable AU$6,000 deposit to secure their place in the waiting line.

Pricing for the Model X in Australia (as well as everywhere else in the world) is not yet known at this time.

CNET adds:

“While the company has not confirmed the price tag for Australian customers, Tesla Australia marketing and communications manager Heath Walker said the car would “have to compete” with other luxury SUVs such as the Mercedes M Class (which starts from AU$90,000) and the BMW X5 (from $93,000).

According to Walker, the success of these two models and other similar vehicles shows “there is demand in the market for something like the Model X.”

Source: CNET

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Pushmi-Pullyu

Meanwhile, concerning the launch of the X, Green Car Reports says:

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We recently reported that Tesla still has not placed orders with suppliers for certain components necessary for volume production.

Allowing time for tooling, testing, and a steady ramp up of component production will likely push volume deliveries back a few months.

Using hand-fabricated substitutes, Tesla could build some Model X production vehicles–perhaps under 1,000–allowing it to claim deliveries by the end of the current quarter.

A full production ramp up may not occur until December, or possibly even January, though.
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Full article here:
http://www.greencarreports.com/news/1099639_tesla-model-x-prepped-for-delivery-spyshots-and-video

It’s not news that Tesla isn’t planning full production until next year, but if it’s true that they still have not placed production-volume orders with suppliers, then that’s rather disappointing.

Anon

A couple good reasons for this…

1: Some last tweaky-bits still not resolved; like the freaky articulated middle row seats.

2: Make suppliers nervous, and try to get them to lower their prices.

There WAS talk of having the Model X Configurator online in JULY. Clearly, that didn’t happen. It’s now past the middle of August, and we’re still waiting for prices and options on this thing.

I’m doubting many units will be “sold” in September. in fact, I can see Tesla wanting to keep from ramping sales too quickly before the Gigafactory comes online, an an attempt to offset the higher costs of the Model X.

*shrugs*

Pushmi-Pullyu

Anon said:

“Some last tweaky-bits still not resolved; like the freaky articulated middle row seats.”

Yeah, thanks. That did occur to me as a legitimate reason for the delay, at least in ordering certain parts. There have been a lot of reports suggesting that Tesla is still making last-minute tweaks to the vehicle, and obviously they don’t want to place a larger order for parts which will be changed.

Hard to know from such a vague report just what percentage of parts for this vehicle have not yet been ordered. Maybe it’s just a few parts… and maybe it’s a lot of ’em. Also, that may be “old news”, and perhaps those parts have now been ordered.

sven

There is a very good article on the Model X second row seats at Electrek.com. It quotes Elon as saying that the Model X second row seats were harder to get right than the falcon-wing doors. The author has an interesting theory that the second row seats might have a unannounced unique feature since Elon has been gushing about them, while the driver’s/front row seats are just ordinary and never mentioned by him. The author goes on to theorize/speculate that the second row seats may use a motor to automatically turn the seat to face the door opening when the falcon-winged door is opened and automatically turn back when closed, and might also have to ability to turn 180 degrees to face the third row seats. It’s an interesting theory and a very interesting read.

http://electrek.co/2015/08/07/maybe-we-should-be-excited-about-the-tesla-model-xs-new-seats/

My neighbor has a Toyota Sienna minivan with a similar electric swiveling seat as a factory installed option for her disabled son with cerebral palsy, but the Toyota seat extends all the way out of the vehicle. There is a link below to a video of the Toyota seat.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b5eYZsZXqM0

Pushmi-Pullyu
sven said: “The author has an interesting theory that the second row seats might have a unannounced unique feature since Elon has been gushing about them, while the driver’s/front row seats are just ordinary and never mentioned by him. The author goes on to theorize/speculate that the second row seats may use a motor to automatically turn the seat to face the door opening when the falcon-winged door is opened and automatically turn back when closed…” Seems like wild speculation, without any contamination by actual facts. Here’s a reality check: Tesla has been talking about making it easy to step into the third row seats. For that to happen, the second row seats have to somehow fold up or move out of the way, if there is going to be truly easy access to the third row. I can easily imagine that has posed some engineering challenges. As far as the China market: Those who want luxurious, spacious, limousine-style back seats won’t be using the Model X’s second row seats. They will have the second row seats removed, and sit in what would otherwise be the third row, with plenty of leg room to stretch out where the second row… Read more »
sven

Of course it’s speculation. I did miss the two quotes from Elon at the last conference call comparing the difficulty in designing the second row seats compared to the falcon-wing doors. I do agree with the author in regards to the seats being motorized and tricked out in some way like the FW doors and door handles. I just can’t figure out how. But I do expect Tesla to surprise us with an “Oh wow” moment when they reveal how the second row seats move out of the way.

I disagree with you about China market seat configuration. I’d think Tesla would remove the third row or make it fold out of the way, while retaining the second row which can slide a little further back. But for the Chinese market the Model X will have an executive seating option for the second row that eliminates the fifth seat, replacing it with a tech filled console, and making the remaining second row seats wider and more luxurious.

Sitting in the third row looks like torture to me with no leg room, and the low-hanging, sloping glass rear window directly above your head acting as the ceiling.

Pushmi-Pullyu

sven said:

“Sitting in the third row looks like torture to me with no leg room, and the low-hanging, sloping glass rear window directly above your head acting as the ceiling.”

*Shrug*

Seems to me there is no practical difference between sliding the two third row seats forward a bit, and changing the second row to only two wider seats then sliding them back more than a bit.

Seems to me we’re in agreement here, sven. As they say: “Six of one, half-dozen of the other.”

ClifJ

WHAT
IS
THE
PRICE
?

Martin Tesar

I’m sure in Australia – there will be the Australian increase I won’t be able to justify

Will have to wait for a model III I guess to ba able to justify it.

Still if I won lotto I’d have an S & X in the garage as daily drivers!

Mapper

Tell me what the Australian Peso will be worth in real dollars in January and I’ll let you know!