2016 Tesla Model X SUV
Tesla has finally unveiled the Model X electric SUV at a special event in its Freemont factory, California.
The first fully electric production SUV in the world has familiar design with LED headlights and taillights and sloping roofline. Tesla claims the machine has a drag coefficient of 0.24, thanks to its sleek profile and an active rear spoiler that deploys to one of three preset positions when the car is in motion.
One of the most distinctive features of the Model X are the Falcon Wings doors that allow easy access to second and third row seats from any parking space. Other notable option is the “largest windshield in production” that provides panoramic visibility to the driver and all passengers.
Inside the cabin, customers can choose from 7- or 6-seat layouts with two seat configurations (2+3+2 and 2+2+2) available. The third row seats fold flat when not in use, while the second row seats are designed to “maximize passenger comfort, legroom, under seat storage” and are “a work of art”. The dashboard features a giant portrait-format screen, just like the Model S.
The electric vehicle has a floor-mounted battery pack that lowers the center of gravity and also strengthens the structure of the body against side impact intrusions. Without having a gasoline engine, the large front trunk acts as a big impact-absorbing crumple zone.
As for now, the Model X will be offered in two versions. Both they have all-wheel drive systems with the 90D variant offering two 259 PS (190 kW) motors, one for each axle, providing a 0-60 mph acceleration (0-98 km/h) in 4.8 seconds and an estimated range of 257 miles (414 km). The P90D range-topping version has one 259 PS (190 kW) motor and one 503 PS (370 kW) motor for a standard 0-60 mph sprint in 3.8 seconds. With the Ludicrous Speed upgrade the model can reach the 60 mph (98 km/h) mark in only 3.2 seconds.
Other notable options include air suspension, active safety system working with camera, radar and sonar systems and automatically applying brakes in an emergency even at highway speeds, pollution free climate system with “bioweapon defense mode” that creates “positive pressure inside the cabin to protect occupants”, etc.
If you put an order for the new Model X right now, your vehicle will be delivered in the second half of 2016.