Well, after all those speculations, rumors and reports, we finally get a first look at the Tesla Model X. The company has launched its first fully electric SUV and it is gorgeous.
Tesla’s CEO, Elon Musk started the presentation of the new SUV focusing on its safety features. As per Musk’s words, the Tesla Model X is the first SUV that scores five stars in every possible category of crash test. Musk explained that the reason is simple: unlike SUVs on gasoline engine, the Model X has no engine in the front of the vehicle. With the battery placed low, the company has eliminated the risk of rolling-over. Add in the “Bioweapon defense mode” that the Tesla Model X features and you also get protection against gases and bacteria.
But let’s start from the beginning and that is the design of the Model X. Many will criticize the exterior, saying that it is nothing special and it is too much for casual people to swallow. However, one cannot ignore the “Falcon Wings”, a signature design piece of the company’s first SUV. The doors are mounted on two joints and feature highly sensitive ultrasonic sensors that help the SUV detect objects that are nearby. During the presentation, Musk parked two cars next to the Model X, showing that the doors can be opened in tight spaces. Going further into the doors and innovation, the Tesla Model X even has a special feature for the driver’s door, as it opens when the driver approaches the car.
And if the exterior doesn’t impress you, the interior sure will. The Tesla Model X is an SUV that can fit up to seven passengers and their entire luggage. The towing capacity of the Model X is capped at 5,000 pounds. However, the last row of seats can be folded down, further improving the capacity of the vehicle.
Under the hood, Tesla will offer two powertrains. The entry model is a 90D model that can sprint to 60mph in 4.8 seconds, with an EPA rating of 257miles. The second model is a PD90, featuring a 295hp front electric motor and a motor with 503hp in the rear. The model can hit 60mph in 3.8 seconds or 3.2 if you add the Ludicrous package. The more powerful model has an EPA rating of 250 miles. Both models are available with all-wheel drive.
Some of the special features include air-suspension that has more than five settings, a hitch that can carry four bikes/six ski sets and an Autopilot parking system.
During the presentation of the SUV, Tesla’s CEO Elon Musk gave the keys to the first buyers of the Model X. The first buyers bought the Signature Series that is priced at $132,000. The price for the base model is unknown at the moment, but Musk says it will cost only $5,000 more than a Model S.