Tesla Motors Inc.’s (NASDAQ:TSLA) latest falcon-wing-door sports utility vehicle (SUV), the Model X, has finally arrived in China, the world’s largest automobile market. The news comes just a month after the electric vehicle (EV) maker started taking reservations for the crossover from Chinese customers and vowed to deliver them by the second quarter of 2016.
Teslarati reported earlier today that the first two Model X SUVs have arrived in mainland China. The pair of deep blue and blue metallic crossovers was spotted through Autohome.com.cn, as they were being unloaded from their containers at the Beijing Air Cargo Terminal. However, these two SUVs are not to be delivered to reservation holders.
Both the SUVs are expected to open their falcon-wing doors at the China International Exhibition Center, where the Beijing Motor Show 2016 will be held from April 25 till May 4. Some analysts believe that Tesla might use Model X’s famous falcon-wings to attract more buyers to its stores globally, and then divert the traffic to placing Model 3 orders.
After the world’s most successful EV failed to live up to its expectations in China, the EV maker believes its electric SUV might bring a lot of orders from Chinese consumers. Since many Chinese cities face increasing smog, Model X’s advanced climate control system, dubbed as the “Bioweapon Defense,” could be useful to people. The vehicle could provide conscious customers the guarantee that their family members will be breathing clean air.
The EV maker flaunts Model X on its China website as “the world’s fastest, most secure, most intelligent, seven, eagle flap door SUV.” The fully-loaded, top-of-the-line Model X P90D, which can accelerate from zero to 60 miles per hour in just 3.2 seconds, is expected to retail at RMB 1,479,500 ($228,110), compared to roughly $145,000 in the US. The auto maker’s vehicles would become extremely expensive in China due to sky-scraping import duties and fewer government incentives.
Earlier this year, CEO Elon Musk said that he plans to find a local partner and suitable location to open a manufacturing facility in China. Based on recent reports, it appears that the auto maker is considering locating the factory in Suzhou, where Model 3 production would start in about three years.