Elon Musk launched the much awaited Model X and handed over the keys to the first few customers at its Fremont, California factory on Tuesday night. From the initial impression of the SUV that was shown as a concept back in 2012, it looks like a great car, especially the falcon wings which grab attention immediately.
Tesla claims that the Model X’s drag coefficient is a mere 0.24, and that along with an electronically deployed spoiler makes the SUV very sleek and aerodynamic. The Model X will be offered in two versions. Both get the all-wheel drive system with the 90D variant offering two 259PS motors for each axle, providing a 0-100kmph acceleration in 4.8 seconds and an estimated range of 414 km. The P90D range-topping version has one 259PS motor and one 503PS motor for a standard 0-100kmph sprint in only 3.8 seconds. With the Ludicrous Speed upgrade the model can reach the 100kmph mark in only 3.2 seconds which is as good as any supercar currently on sale worth its salt.
SUV’s Falcon Wing doors, which have sensors that can see through the metal and then adjust how high the door opens depending on the height of the garage ceiling. They also can open up even when parked incredibly close to neighboring cars quashing all questions about the inconvenience of these door types.
Features include an air-suspension with five settings providing up to nine inches or 230mm of ride height, an available hitch capable of carrying up to four bikes or six sets of skis that can be hooked up in a matter of seconds, an Autopilot self-parking system, two flat-folding third row seats, and “independently operable, 3-adult second row seats”.
Tesla boss Elon Musk said he expects the Model X “to get a five-star crash rating in every category” as he introduced the car to media today. Yes, including rollovers. Even when you’re not in an accident, the car protects its occupants from invisible harm with a true HEPA (High-Efficiency Particulate Arrestance) cabin air filter, the only one in any car, according to Musk.
Tesla Model X will cost $132,000 for 90D and the faster, sportier P90Dwill set you back by $142,000 that includes the Ludicrous mode.