Instead of a price, prospective buyers get a message that says: “Pricing and options will be finalised as delivery approaches.”
“You will be notified to complete your order when final pricing and options are published. Until then, your order will be considered a pre-order that you may cancel with a full refund,” the Tesla Australia website says. It costs $350 to place a pre-order.
The website doesn’t feature an expected delivery date for the Model S or Model X, nor an indicative list price.
In August 2021, the Tesla Australia website said the Model S and Model X were meant to arrive Down Under in 2022. Recent reports suggest they’re now unlikely to arrive until 2023.
The Model S Long Range had a list price of $141,990 before on-roads, and the Model S Plaid was priced at $186,990 before on-roads when they hit the configurator in August 2021.
The Model X prices ranged from $161,990 before on-roads for the Long Range to $174,990 before on-roads for the Performance.
It’s possible Tesla is unwilling to commit to a firm sticker for the Model S and Model X because it doesn’t want to continuously change the price as exchange rates, and parts and shipping costs, fluctuate in the lead-up to the car’s arrival Down Under.
Although it’s unusual for carmakers to remove pricing from a current production model, it’s not unheard of for people to pre-order a car before knowing how much it’s worth in Australia.
In some cases, people will pay a deposit for incoming vehicles that are expected to be in short supply, in others brands will accept pre-orders for electric vehicles that have been revealed years ahead of their expected production start.
Tesla doesn’t have a PR or communications team. CarExpert has reached out to someone within the company in the hopes of getting comment regardless, and will update the story if they reply.