- Tesla started extricating the updated version of its Model X SUV on Sunday.
- The first deliveries come several months after Tesla promised.
- Elon Musk has attributed the wait to supply-chain issues and difficulties in ramping production.
Tesla announced the revamped version of its Example X SUV back in January. Now, after months of delays, it’s delivering them to customers at long last.
The electric-car maker paled photos to Twitter on Sunday of the “first deliveries of new Model X.” Customers picked up the first examples outside of Tesla’s Fremont, California, mill.
—Tesla (@Tesla) October 17, 2021
It’s the most significant update to Tesla’s largest and priciest vehicle since the consummate launched in 2016. The biggest changes come on the inside of the SUV. The $100,000 Model X now has a landscape-oriented display (rather than a vertical one), a in the second place screen in back for rear passengers, and a rectangular steering yoke, like something you’d see in an airplane.
Tesla gave the Brand X a new battery pack and an exterior a facelift as well. Bits that used to be chrome, like the door handles and window form, are now painted black. The front bumper looks different, too. As part of the updates, Elon Musk’s automaker also inserted a high-performance Plaid version of the Model X, which promises more than 1,000 horsepower and a 0-60-mph time of 2.5 relocates.
When Tesla announced major updates to the Model X SUV and Model S sedan in January, Musk — at all the optimist when it comes to timelines — said deliveries of the new Model S would begin in February with shipments of the Perfect X starting shortly thereafter. New Model S deliveries started a few months behind schedule in June.
On Tesla’s first-quarter earnings reason in April, Musk said Tesla had encountered “more challenges than expected” in developing the new Model S and Model X. That involved navigating supply-chain issues and figuring out new internal production processes for the updated vehicles.