The Tesla Model X is an all-new battery electric crossover vehicle. It will aim to follow the success of the Model S premium sport sedan by combining leading EV technology with a unique design capable of seating up to 7 passengers.
Perhaps most striking is the vehicle's Falcon Wing rear doors. A double-hinged design is meant to allow easy entry for passengers to the second and third rows. Each one has a sensor that adjusts to prevent damage. Designed to move up and out, the doors are said to work in spaces as tight as 30 cm close to a neighboring vehicle. The Model X will be the first vehicle to get an "auto presenting door" that opens as the driver approaches with no touch required.
With the main battery located beneath the floor, Tesla says the Model X will have a low risk for rollover and will achieve a perfect 5-star crash safety rating. All versions will get a standard forward-looking camera, radar, and 360-degree sonar for the vehicle's "autopilot" autonomous driving system.
Tesla says the higher-end P90D will accelerate in 3.8 seconds but an optional Ludicrous Mode will reduce that to 3.2 seconds, identical to a Porsche 911 Turbo. The electric motors will produce 259 hp in front and 503 hp in the rear with a combined torque amounting to 713 lb-ft, considerably more than a Lamborghini Aventador.
Stay tuned for additional details as they become available.
Pricing & Release Date
Full pricing has not yet been released. However, Tesla has reportedly said that the Model X will feature roughly a $5,000 premium over a comparable Model S. Top-spec Signature models that debut at launch will cost between $132,000 and $144,000, according to Automotive News.
Tesla has been taking orders for shoppers willing to plunk down a $5,000 deposit. Initial deliveries began September 29 to customers with existing reservations. Tesla says deliveries for new reservations are being slated for the latter half of 2016.