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Tesla Model X 2023: all-electric SUV dropped in Australia


Right-hand-drive production of the Model X has been halted indefinitely

Tesla has cancelled all Model X orders in Australia as international production of the SUV in a right-hand-drive configuration has been cut indefinitely. 

Like the Model S sedan, Australians with Model X orders were notified of this cancellation via email. 

2023 Tesla Model X rear driving
The Model X was sold in Australia before the Model 3 and Model Y

Posts to the Tesla Owners Australia Facebook group detail the exact email that was sent out.

“Due to recent changes to the vehicle program, Model X will not be available in Right Hand Drive,” it says. 

“Unfortunately this means your order is unable to be fulfilled and will be cancelled. You will receive a full refund for any payments made.

2023 Tesla Model X front driving
The Model X SUV boasts a full glass roof

“We understand that this may be disappointing news to receive and want to apologise for any inconvenience caused.”

Australians who had placed an order for a Model X will reportedly receive a full refund, plus $3000 credit towards a Model Y or Model 3. This credit can only be used if an order is placed before 21 October 2023. 

Though this news will leave hopeful Tesla owners disappointed, it’s worth noting that pricing for the Model X was removed in 2022, before pre-orders for the SUV were dropped from the website completely earlier this year.

2023 Tesla Model X front side
The Model X was planned to be offered in the high-performance Plaid guise in Australia

Despite being cut from the Australia market, Tesla confirmed that the Model X will be returning to China and Europe. 

Interestingly, Japan is still set to receive the updated Model S, due to laws allowing new left-hand-drive cars to be registered and driven on its roads. 

A note on Tesla Japan’s website mentions that there are “no plans to produce a right-hand model”, meaning that the Model X might be done for good in Australia.