Several refreshed Tesla Model X electric vehicles were spotted in the delivery area of the company’s Fremont plant in California on September 29.
The overview video shared by Sawyer Merritt fuels expectations that full-scale production of the X Plaid Model and the X Long Range Model could begin this quarter. This is mainly because these new crossovers have been spotted in many places that Tesla typically uses for shipping to delivery centers. Therefore, the approval of deliveries should not be too far away.
As of yet, it’s unclear where these vehicles are heading, but the fact that they’ve been spotted proves Tesla is making progress in rolling out the refreshed Model X. Taking a closer look at the electric crossovers featured in the video, they’re covered in protective wraps, meaning they’re probably not release candidates.
When Tesla unveiled the updated Model S and X earlier this year, it planned to start production of the sedan first, followed by deliveries to customers, and then focus on the Model X in the third quarter.
Obviously, things haven’t gone as planned as the third quarter has just ended and no reports of buyers taking delivery of their updated Model X crossovers have surfaced so far. Tesla’s current target is to begin deliveries of the Model X Plaid by January through February next year, which means volume production is expected to begin in the fourth quarter of 2021.
Needless to say, when Tesla finally starts producing updated Model X units for its customers, it will have a long backlog of orders because it hasn’t built a Model X for almost a year.
For U.S. buyers who are now placing new orders for the flagship electric crossover, Tesla estimates May-June 2022 delivery for the Model X Plaid and Model X Long Range. Previous delivery times for new orders were from March to April 2022.
The updated X Plaid model is expected to be the first to reach customers with an MSRP of $ 119,990 before options and incentives. This variant will go from zero to 60 mph (96 km / h) in just 2.5 seconds thanks to the new three-engine powertrain and is expected to achieve an EPA range of 340 miles (547 km).
As for the X Long Range model, it will come with a dual-engine powertrain and 360 miles on a single charge for a starting price of $ 99,990.