2016 Tesla Model X Deliveries Start September 29; Model 3 Orders Begin in March | Edmunds

2016 Tesla Model X Deliveries Start September 29; Model 3 Orders Begin in March


PALO ALTO, California — Deliveries of the all-new 2016 Tesla Model X electric midsize SUV will begin on September 29, Tesla CEO Elon Musk tweeted on Wednesday.

"First production cars will be handed over on Sept 29 at our Fremont factory," Musk said.

Musk also confirmed the pricing strategy on the Model X compared to the Tesla Model S sedan.

"With same options, Model X is $5k more than an S due to greater size & body complexity. Sig Series is fully loaded, hence high price," he wrote.

"Sig" is a reference to the top-of-the-line Signature Series. Tesla is now inviting Model X Signature reservation holders to configure their Model X. The Signature Series is an all-wheel-drive model with a 90 kWh battery.

The Signature Series is a fully loaded Model X with special badging and will be delivered before the automaker begins delivering the standard Model X, said Tesla spokeswoman Khobi Brooklyn in response to a query from Edmunds on Wednesday.

The Model X Signature starts at $133,200, including a $1,200 destination charge.

Brooklyn said Model X pricing and specifications listed recently on Tesla enthusiast Web sites is correct.

Key Model X competitors include the BMW X6, Porsche Cayenne and Land Rover Range Rover Sport.

Musk also tweeted that the Tesla Model 3, the automaker's smaller and more affordable mass-market sedan that targets the BMW 3 Series, "will start production in about 2 years."

He added: "Fully operational Gigafactory needed."

The Gigafactory is Tesla's lithium-ion cell fabrication and battery-assembly plant under construction in Nevada.

In another tweet, Musk said confirmed Model 3 pricing and pre-orders.

"$35k price, unveil in March, preorders start then," he wrote.

Edmunds says: Tesla's lineup is beginning to expand, which is good news for shoppers seeking electric vehicles.

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