Tesla: Model X Delayed Until Q3 2015, D Models In High Demand

Cameron Aubernon
by Cameron Aubernon

Were you hoping to have a Tesla Model X next to your Model S sometime in the next few months? How does Q3 2015 sound?

CEO Elon Musk informed investors during his company’s quarterly earnings call Wednesday that the electric SUV would be delayed until the aforementioned quarter to insure quality would be Job No. 1 as tooling and production step-up to handle both the S and the X:

In anticipation of this effort, we now expect Model X deliveries to start in Q3 of 2015, a few months later than previously expected. This also is a legitimate criticism of Tesla — we prefer to forgo revenue, rather than bring a product to market that does not delight customers. Doing so negatively affects the short term, but positively affects the long term.

In other news, Tesla is discontinuing two colors going forward — green and brown — and if you wanted a P85S, you’re out of luck there, as well: the highest-performing model will now be solely the P85D.

Speaking of the S, Q3 2014 sales have gone well for the automaker, with 7,785 units delivered overall and 907 delivered in a single day, the highest figures ever recorded in a quarter for Tesla. Most of the deliveries were in North America.

Demand for the 85D and P85D is also strong, meriting a boost in production capacity to over 2,000 units per week by the end of 2015.

Finally, the D is beating a path toward the Model 3. Per Jalopnik, Musk proclaimed that the dual-motor powertrain is a precursor to what could happen when the low-cost EV arrives, which may entail a FWD model followed by a D version.

Cameron Aubernon
Cameron Aubernon

Seattle-based writer, blogger, and photographer for many a publication. Born in Louisville. Raised in Kansas. Where I lay my head is home.

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  • Psarhjinian Psarhjinian on Nov 06, 2014

    "Demand for the 85D and P85D is also strong, meriting a boost in production capacity to over 2,000 units per week by the end of 2015." Wait for it.... Everyone wants the D

  • Marko Marko on Nov 06, 2014

    I know this isn't a popular opinion, but I'd rather buy this with four conventional doors.

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    • JMII JMII on Nov 06, 2014

      @redav I thought the same thing... Gull-wing doors make no sense they take up too much room. However it turns out Gull-wing doors actual require LESS space to open then normal doors to open! Take a look at this picture: http://s.hswstatic.com/gif/delorean-2.jpg Wikipedia lists the opening as only 11": http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gull-wing_door I've always thought the biggest advantage was in the rain... the door provides cover and water should drain around the opening.

  • SCE to AUX SCE to AUX on Nov 06, 2014

    I now believe it won't be possible for the Model 3 to be my next car. 10 months to go on my Leaf lease, Elon...

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