The brand new Tesla Model X made its highly anticipated debut last night at the Fremont assembly plant in California. After a wait of two years, this electric crossover will join the increasingly popular Model S sedan in Tesla’s lineup and is expected to sell twice as many units.
That’s the prediction of Tesla CEO Elon Musk, who also described the Model X as the safest CUV ever built and the first with a 5-star rating in each test. It features autonomous emergency braking, while the floor-mounted battery lowers the centre of gravity and minimizes the risk of a rollover in a crash. The front section has been specially designed to absorb energy in the event of a front collision.
Electrifying performance and versatility
The electric Tesla Model X doesn’t compromise performance at all, sprinting from 0-60 mph (96 km/h) in 3.8 seconds – or just 3.2 seconds when equipped with the “Ludicrous” mode – in the case of the P90D model. That’s a lot faster than many sports cars on the market right now. Look for a time of 4.8 seconds with the 90D model.
More importantly, the Model X offers a range of about 400 kilometres in ideal conditions.
In terms of design, the silhouette is much more aerodynamic than traditional SUVs and CUV – almost like a very tall sedan – and includes falcon-wing rear doors with built-in sensors for opening in garages of any height. The interior can comfortably accommodate six or seven adults over three rows or alternatively a huge amount of cargo. The Model X also boasts the largest all-glass panoramic windshield in production, providing an unparalleled view of the stars and sky above.
Other Model X highlights include an active spoiler that deploys to one of three preset positions when the vehicle is in motion, navigation with real-time traffic updates, keyless entry, parking sensors, blind spot and side collision warnings, as well as four LATCH child seat attachments (two in each passenger row).
Deliveries of the Tesla Model X will start in mid-2016 at around $130,000 a piece.