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2018 Tesla Model X OVERVIEW

Nearly a decade ago, Tesla appeared out of nowhere, with the Roadster. While its original EV wasn't a massive success, the automaker has become the Apple of automobiles with vehicles that everyone has to have. The 2018 Tesla Model X is the brand's third car and is the largest offering in its lineup. Tesla claims the Model X is the safest and quickest SUV on the road, but its real party piece are its semi-autonomous capabilities. Take a hard look at the Model X, because it's the future.

What's New for 2018

For the 2018 model year, the Model X gets similar changes as the Model S. The 90D trim level has been replaced with a 100D model that features a larger 100-kiloWatt-hour battery pack. The battery upgrade has increased range to a more usable 295 miles.

Choosing Your Tesla Model X

The Model X is available in three different trims — the 75D, 100D, and P100D — but all of the vehicles come with a similar list of standard features. The thing that separates the models is the size of the battery pack — the 75D model comes with a 75-kWh battery, while the 100D and P100D have 100-kWh batteries — and the range.

The “D” behind the trim levels designates a dual-motor setup that sees the electric SUV featuring an electric motor on each axle. Both of the electric motors are capable of controlling the amount of torque that is put down through the front and rear wheels, giving the SUV an all-wheel-drive drivetrain.

The unique design of electric vehicles allows automakers to get away without using a conventional gearbox. The Model X features a one-speed automatic transmission, which means that there are no perceivable gearshifts.

All of this makes the Model X sound like a high-tech vehicle and that's because it is. But what's really makes the all-electric SUV a tech fest is its semi-autonomous system, which the automaker calls Autopilot. If you're not interested in having the vehicle drive itself, don't worry the system is optional.

Autopilot includes eight-surround view cameras, 12 ultrasonic sensors, and a forward-facing radar system. Those components are part of the vehicle's hardware system that allows it to drive without any assistance. An onboard computer helps the vehicle gather what the sensors, cameras, and radar system sees and make sense of it all.

Ticking the right boxes allows the Model X to steer itself, make lane changes on its own, adjust its own speed, apply the brakes, park itself, detect and react to nearby obstacles, and more. Tesla is constantly working on its Autopilot system, finessing existing features and adding more to the ever-growing list, which all takes place through over-the-air software updates.

There are three Model X trims to choose from:

75D

The 75D starts at $79,500. That price includes the $1,200 destination fee, but doesn't account for the $7,500 federal tax credit. Depending on where you live, state and local incentives could bring the price of the SUV down by more. The 75D model features a 75 kWh battery and has a range of 237 miles. It can get to 60 mph in 4.9 seconds and has a top speed of 130 mph.

Standard exterior features for the 75D, and all other Model X SUVs, include 20-inch aluminum alloy wheels, LED fog lights, LED rear taillights, three-position dynamic LED turning lights, heated exterior mirrors, keyless entry, and flush-mounted door handles.

On the inside, the SUV comes with 14-way power adjustable heated front seats, four USB outlets, six cup holders, hand-wrapped microfiber and synthetic leather surfaces, ambient lighting, dark ash wood accents, auto-dimming mirrors, a nine-speaker audio system, a 17-inch touchscreen, a power liftgate, a power tilt and telescopic steering column, dual-zone automatic climate control, and a leather-wrapped steering wheel.

The 75D is capable of seating up to five passengers as standard, but a six-seater layout is available for an additional $6,000. Adding a color-matched center console for the second row of passengers in a no-cost option. Increasing the Model X's seating capacity to seven passengers costs $3,000.

The Premium Upgrades Package ($6,000) adds a medical-grade HEPA air filtration system, a self-presenting front door, a custom audio system, XM satellite radio capability, heated seats for all passengers, a heated steering wheel, wiper blade defrosters, and washer nozzle heaters.

Getting the Model X to drive itself requires you to get the Enhanced Autopilot package that costs $5,000. You can add the package onto the vehicle later, but the price increases to $6,000 after delivery. Enhanced Autopilot allows the vehicle to do all of the aforementioned abilities and automatically exit the freeway when approaching your destination and a summon feature (the vehicle can meet you at a location and return to it within reason, like your garage).

The Full Self-Driving Capability package costs $3,000 and requires you to opt for the $6,000 Enhanced Autopilot package. It adds four additional cameras (bringing the total up to eight), which the automaker claims enables the vehicle to drive on its own in almost all situations. Once again, the package is available after you take delivery of the vehicle, but it will cost an additional $1,000.

100D

The next step up is the 100D that costs $96,000. The 100D is nearly identical to the 75D when it comes to standard and available features. The 100D features a 100-kWh battery pack that gives the SUV a range of 295 miles on a single charge. For drivers looking to get into a Model X with the highest range, this is it. Zero to 60 mph takes 4.7 seconds, while the vehicle has a top speed of 155 mph.

P100D

The P100D is the range-topping trim for the Model X and is priced at $140,000. Just like the lower 100D, it comes with a 100-kWh battery pack that has a range of 289 miles. While that may look like a typo, the P100D loses some range over lower trims because it's more performance oriented. Getting to 60 mph takes just 2.9 seconds, while the vehicle can hit 155 mph.

The P100D has a lot of the same standard features as the 100D, but gets the Premium Upgrades Package as part of its standard features.

CarsDirect Tip

Unless you're looking to race supercars on your way to work everyday the P100D is overkill. Consumers planning to make longer trips in their Model X will enjoy the peace of mind the extra 60-mile range the 100D model brings. The Premium Upgrades Package is a must, while deciding to go with Enhanced Autopilot isn't as clear – Tesla still considers the technology in "beta" as of this writing. If you decided to grab Autopilot, be sure to keep an eye on the road and a hand ready to take control.

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