The Tesla Model X, like the Model S, has been delayed repeatedly until some question if the all-electric crossover will ever launch into the market. Hybrid and electric car enthusiast site Ecomento is reporting that the wait is almost over, and the clue is in what might be mistaken as a mundane quarterly report filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission on April 23.
According to Ecomento, the filing reports that Tesla has successfully created the Alpha and Beta prototypes of the upcoming vehicle. With that evidence, the website says that it’s all but certain that Model X deliveries will start in September of this year, which has been the latest updated release date.
There’s a fairly strong demand for the Tesla Model X already, considering that it’s been delayed repeatedly for some time. Already over 10,000 people have plunked down cash to preorder the all-electric crossover. In the meantime, Tesla Motors is staying silent on its expected production run for the Model X through December.
Previously, some non-automotive publications have made some wild assertions about the Model X, essentially stating that it will completely obliterate all other luxury crossovers and SUVs on the market today. Starting in September everyone can see just how well the vehicle performs, but it likely isn’t the end of days for the Porsche Cayenne, Mercedes ML or Cadillac Escalade.
The Model X should give Tesla more credibility in the automotive industry, plus fatten the company’s pockets a little more. Features such as falcon doors and the promise of more interior space than in the Model S could draw in a more diverse customer base. After all, that strategy has worked beautifully for Porsche.
On a side note, Ecomento also mentioned that Tesla’s filing shows that as of right now the Model III is still slated for a 2017 release date. While it’s still early in the car’s development process, Telsa’s track record would indicate that the Model III will likely hit the market sometime in 2019.