Jon McNeill, Tesla’s President of Global Sales and Services, was in China this week for the Model X’s Asian debut in Beijing. Tesla organized an event with hundreds of Model X reservation holders ahead of the Beijing Auto Show next week.
The production version Model X was officially launched in the US in September last year in Fremont, California. Last month, the SUV made its European debut at the Geneva Motor Show, and this week it was China’s turn.
McNeill commented during the event:
“The Tesla Model X is designed to achieve excellent safety performance. Crash test results show, the Model X received five-star safety rating in all the tests, which is a first for a SUV,”
Ren Yuxiang, Tesla Vice-President for Asia-Pacific, and Zhu Xiaotong, Tesla China General Manager, also attended the event.
In a blog post on its Chinese website, Tesla says that Model X deliveries in China will begin in “a few months.” According to the same post, only the Model X P90D and 90D will be offered. Earlier this month, Tesla introduced a new cheaper version of the Model X, the 75D, but there’s no word on when it will hit the Chinese market.
@teslamotors Team Shanghai rocks! pic.twitter.com/QErCm5gqD1— Jon McNeill (@jonmcneill) April 21, 2016
Tesla has a pricing transparency policy and says it sells all its vehicles for the same price everywhere after transportation costs, import duties and taxes. For the Model X in China, it adds up to 1,479,500 Chinese Yuan (~$225,000 US) for the Signature Model X P90D, while the Model X 90D starts at 961,000 Chinese Yuan (~$146,000 US).
The company opened orders to Model X reservation holders in China in February.
Earlier this week, Tesla also introduced the updated Model S in China.