Tesla Motors has pushed back the release date for its next electric SUV, the Model X. Originally slated for release in early 2014, the vehicle is now scheduled for release in late 2014. According to Tesla, the reason for pushing back the date is so that it can continue focusing on the very well received Model S.
In a statement on the matter, Tesla said: “Tesla has been intensely focused on Model S, its production and product enhancements and believe there is increased volume potential for Model S. As a result, Tesla has decided to slightly push back the development and timing of Model X to 2014. We do not expect a material impact on our profitability in 2013 or 2014.”
Despite the recent kerfuffle with The New York Times, Tesla’s Model S has been very well received, even being named the 2013 Motor Trend Car of the Year. It’s not really a surprise that the company is interested in investing more time and resources into that car at the moment.
Nonetheless, this is sure to disappoint some buyers who have long been anticipating this falcon-door SUV (and patiently waiting for the vehicle they reserved). As Chris DeMorro of sister site Gas2 writes:
You can almost hear the disheartened cries of wealthy soccer moms and trophy wives everywhere. The Tesla Model X was designed to appeal towards families, and in the first weeks after its debut reportedly racked up thousands of reservations. Will this delay result in some reservations being pulled? Perhaps.