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Tesla Motors’ CEO Elon Musk confirmed on Tuesday that the much-delayed Model X crossover SUV will begin deliveries in “three to four months,” at Tesla’s annual shareholder meeting in Mountain View, Calif.
An estimated 20,000 customers have placed $5,000 deposits on the Model X. Some early adopters have waited more than three years as Tesla worked out kinks with the car’s upward-opening falcon-wing rear doors and other features unique to the plug-in SUV, which will have a range of between 230 and 300 miles and is expected to retail for about $70,000. (Tesla has not announced pricing.)
“We want to make sure that some of the key features of the Model X, particularly the Falcon Wing door, are done just right,” Musk said.
Musk added that he had been “looking at the latest iteration” of the Model X weekly and had concluded that “the Model X may arguably be a better SUV than the Model S is a sedan.”
Since its introduction in 2012, Tesla’s Model S has become Hollywood’s default status car, driven by Steven Spielberg, Ben Affleck, Don Cheadle, James Cameron, Zooey Deschanel and Jeffrey Katzenberg, among others.
The Model X, the first plug-in SUV with enough battery reserve to quell “range anxiety,” is widely predicted to be a game-changing vehicle — but it won’t have the field to itself for long: Audi is reportedly readying a plug-in SUV with a range of 370 miles, to be introduced in 2017.
According to Tesla’s website, a Model X ordered today won’t be delivered before early 2016.
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