Update: ‘Interior,’ ‘Price,’ and ‘Deliveries’ sections updated.
The Tesla Model X refresh that digitally debuted in January 2021 is on sale. In October 2021, the U.S. became the first market where customer deliveries began. Tesla posted a few shots of the customers taking their Model X refresh deliveries on Twitter on October 17, 2021.
Tesla launched the Model X in September 2015. The company doesn’t follow a traditional lifecycle like legacy automakers, and so it’s continuing the same basic design with periodic changes. It has kept the exterior mostly the same and introduced subtle cosmetic alterations like new bumpers and alloy wheels. Tesla says that the models now have new performance tires that provide better handling and ride quality with lower rolling resistance.
Unlike the exterior of the 2021 Tesla Model X refresh, the interior sees significant changes, making the cabin appealing and functional. The redesigned dashboard makes the interior seem more sophisticated and luxurious. Analog controls are still minimal; Tesla’s not taking a U-turn on that aspect.
Nothing says future louder than a steering yoke, and the new Model X has it. Besides the love it or hate it yoke-style steering, there’s an entertainment-friendly new touchscreen infotainment system. The 17-inch horizontal display with 2200×1300 resolution with up to 10 teraflops of processing power allows console-level gaming.
Tesla has silently updated the central display of the Model X (and also the Model S) to add a swiveling function. The driver can now tilt the screen towards them for improved visibility. Plus, it’s possible to tilt the display towards the front passenger. Twitter user TeslaFrunk has shown how the swiveling function works in his Model S in a short video. According to a report from electrek, Tesla manufactured this particular Model S in April 2022, which means all Model X and Model S units made in the last few weeks should have this feature.
Multi-device Bluetooth connectivity, wireless and USB-C charging ports for every passenger, and a 22-speaker, 960-watt audio system with active noise canceling round up the interior highlights of the 2022 Tesla Model X.
The Tesla Model X is available in the Long Range dual-motor AWD variant and a new Plaid tri-motor AWD variant. The former, with 670 horsepower, can accelerate from 0-60 mph in 3.8 seconds, and it can offer a range of up to 360 miles. The Model X Plaid has 1,020 horsepower on tap, enough to speed up from 0-60 mph in just 2.5 seconds (with rollout subtracted). It can achieve a range of 340 miles.
The new Tesla Model X is priced at USD 114,990 in the Long Range variant and USD 138,990 in the Plaid variant. Tesla has stopped taking orders for the new Model X in markets other than the U.S., Canada, Mexico, and Puerto Rico. The company is emailing customers that it is no longer accepting new orders for both Model X and new Model S from countries outside of North America, reports electrek.co. It expects to resume orders in other regions in the second half of this year.
Model X in short supply
The Model X configurator on the Tesla U.S. website now shows January 2023 – April 2023 as the estimated delivery timeline for new orders. Some customers who ordered their Model X in 2021 will also need to wait until 2023 for delivery, as per a report from Teslarati. Jon Rettinger’s Model X reservation showing December 2021 as the delivery date earlier now shows December 2022 – April 2023 as the new estimate, the YouTuber said on Twitter on May 19, 2022.
Tesla co-founder and CEO Elon Musk admitted on Twitter on February 10, 2022, that the company “dropped the ball badly” about the production ramp of the new Model X, and it still hasn’t fully recovered. A few minutes after the first Tweet, Musk shared in another post on Twitter that building the Model X is “extremely difficult.” The new Model X is the “most complex passenger car” to date, and its interior trim is the limiting factor, the company chief added.
Tesla manufactured just 24,390 units of the Model S and Model X combined in 2021 and delivered 24,964 units of the premium EVs. Musk admitted that halting production of the old Model X in December 2020 when demand was still high was a wrong decision. Keeping the old model in production would’ve been a safe measure to fill the void until the new Model X production normalized. In Q1 2022, Tesla built 14,218 units of the Model S and Model X combined and delivered 14,724 units of the two top-end EVs.
Model X 5-seater deliveries began in early 2022
A post on Tesla Motors Club dated March 21, 2022, confirms that deliveries of the Model X with the 5-seater configuration have started in the United States. The third row of seats appears rather cramped for adults, and some owners may prefer the extended cargo area in place of the seats. Hence the 5-seater option makes sense for many buyers. Moreover, the 5-seater Model appears well-engineered with a 60:40 split design—the seat folds completely flat, allowing items to slide into the boot smoothly. Prospective buyers can choose their preferred seating simply by using Tesla’s online configurator.
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