The Tesla Model X has been unveiled in Los Angeles, California and takes the famous electric car manufacturer into the ever competitive SUV market. The boss of Tesla, Elon Musk took this opportunity to give the key details of what the new Model X will offer.
So what do we know so far? Well the Model X is of course an all-electric, all-wheel-drive SUV with seven seats, plenty of interior space and plenty of luxury features. Just as exciting as these features however, are the rear ‘falcon wing’ doors just like you would have found on the Mercedes SLS. Musk said at the launch event that the Model X will double Tesla’s global sales as they are targeting to shift 55,000 vehicles in 2015, which wouldn’t be surprising considering the growing popularity of both the SUV market and Tesla themselves. Specific pricing is yet to be announced but it is expected to range anywhere from £50,000 to £90,000 depending on specifications.
Safety is also a key aspect of the Model X, having scored five stars in every category in the US crash tests and probability of serious injury at high speed is down at 6.5%. Five stars is also expected for the Euro NCAP crash tests thanks to the placement of the electric powertrain, allowing more space for crumple zones and effectively keeps the driver further from the collision.
The clever packaging in the Model X also allows for plenty of space inside. It can seat seven whist still being able to accommodate plenty of luggage in both the front and rear boots. The second row seats also offer space underneath so there’s plenty of luggage space throughout the cabin even with seven occupants. The power and torque from the electric engine also means it can pull two tonnes of weight if the cabin space isn’t adequate. The easy-to-use rear mount can also hold up to four bikes or six sets of skis. The cabin feels airy and light as a result of the panoramic windscreen whilst the 17″ touchscreen offers the driver all the information and entertainment they may need.
Another quality Tesla are famed for is the blistering performance from their electric motors, and the Model X is no exception. The Model X P90D gets to 62mph from a standstill in 3.2 seconds in ‘Ludicrous Mode’. Yes, this is an SUV that can outrun some Ferrari’s and is almost a second faster than the Porsche Cayenne Turbo S. This impeccable speed is obviously a result of mind-boggling engine performance. 762bhp and 967Nm of torque is at the disposal of the driver’s right shoe and will be able to hit a top speed of 155mph. With the powertrain and batteries being placed low down, a low centre of gravity also offers greater stability and control on the road. The maximum range is officially quoted at 250 miles in Ludicrous Mode with repeated hard acceleration.
Whilst of course emitting zero exhaust emissions, Tesla have also made every effort to protect occupants from other driver’s exhaust fumes. The two HEPA air filters, one of which is ten times bigger than the standard filter, offers greater air filtering by up to 700 times. Elon Musk even stated that the cabin has “air cleanliness levels comparable to a hospital operating room”. Tesla have also revealed their Bioweapon Defence Mode button, so you’ll probably just buy the car to tell your friends you car has a function with that name. What it does is engage full air filtering capability to keep all the toxic gases out the cabin when going through city centres for example.
Once again Tesla really have pulled out all the stops to be at the top of the automotive game. The power, technology, luxury and everything else that comes with this ever-growing company really is something to appreciate, and something other manufacturers really need to watch out for.