SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) -- Tesla Motors will begin delivering its luxury electric crossover, the Model X, on Sept. 29 to customers in the U.S. who have already reserved the SUV.
The Model X, eagerly awaited since it was announced in early 2012, will launch with a premium-priced special version called the Signature series that will cost between $132,000 and $144,000, a Tesla spokeswoman said.
It is customary for automakers to debut higher-priced versions of their cars before introducing standard models.
CEO Elon Musk tweeted that the first cars would be handed over Sept. 29 at the company's factory in Fremont, Calif.
Tesla has been spending heavily ahead of the launch of the Model X, the second addition to its lineup after the Model S sedan, even as it develops a cheaper vehicle starting at $35,000, the Model 3.
Musk tweeted that the Model 3 would begin production in "about two years."
The limited-edition Signature series cars, which will be available in a unique red color not offered for the standard Model X, include such features as self-parking and enhanced sound systems. Optional add-ons include packages for subzero weather or towing.