Tesla Motors unveiled the Model X earlier this week, which the company calls "the safest, fastest and most capable sport utility vehicle in history." The all-electric SUV joins the Model S in the company's lineup, and one of its signature design cues are its "Falcon Wing" rear doors, which are hinged at the roof and open upward. The Tesla Model X release date is set for the second half of 2016.
The Tesla Model X's price is not listed on the company's website, but Bloomberg Business reports that the Signature model that was introduced costs about $132,000.
All-wheel drive is standard in the Model X, and the base Model X 90D has a 259-horsepower front motor and a 259-horsepower rear motor, with a range of 257 miles per fully charged battery, according to the EPA. The 90D achieves 90/94 mpg-equivalent city/highway. The performance-oriented Tesla Model X P90D has the same motor driving the front wheels but a 503-horsepower motor driving the rear wheels. Tesla estimates the Model X P90D accelerates from 0 to 60 mph in as little as 3.2 seconds. The P90D has an EPA rating of 89/90 mpg-equivalent city/highway and a range of 250 miles on a fully charged battery.
The Model X is available in either a six- or seven-passenger seating configuration, has four LATCH connectors and, according to Tesla, has a towing capacity of 5,000 pounds. In addition to its main cargo area in the back, the Model X also has a front-mounted trunk that Tesla says is spacious enough for strollers, luggage or a couple of golf bags. The Model X's front doors open automatically, and the rear Falcon Wing doors have sensors that detect when the vehicle is in a confined space and adjust the opening arc accordingly. Tesla says the rear doors can open with just 1 foot of clearance on each side.
Car and Driver attended the Model X's release party, and after brief time behind the wheel, the publication writes, "Spear-sharp steering and governed body roll make for a grace that utterly belies the extra thousand pounds on the Model X’s back." They add that the Model X has stunning acceleration, likening it to that of a Porsche Cayenne Turbo S, the most powerful model in the Cayenne lineup.
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