Tesla Model X: Officially Official

After about 2 years of development and hyping, Tesla officially showed off a production variant of the Tesla Model X last night. For those of you who have no idea what I am talking about, allow me to spit some truth. The Tesla Model X is Tesla’s offering to the luxury SUV segment. The Model X is heavily based on the Model S, however features a few distinct elements.

Falcon Doors up...

Falcon Doors up...

The rear doors of the Model X, for example, are dubbed “Falcon Wing” doors. You guessed it, they open up, with electronic assist, like the wings of a falcon. The Falcon mechanism is ingeniously designed, in that they allow the doors to be opened safely even in the tightest of situations. Also, since the Model X isn’t as high as traditional SUVs, there really isn’t any need to worry about your expensive doors rubbing against a low ceiling.

Another distinct feature of Model X is the “Big Sky” windshield. Basically, this a huge windshield. So huge, in fact, that it is the largest windshield in the auto industry. It also has a thing called “Solar Tinting”, which basically darkens the glass as sun begins to shine. This means that there is no need for sun visors, which can block your view of the road.

Big Sky windshield in action. 

Big Sky windshield in action. 

Design wise, the Model X is definitely stands out. The front and rear look like a jacked up Model S, while the side looks like a Model S with a camel hump. I wouldn’t call it ugly, but at the same time it isn’t elegant or pretty. That being said, the functionality of the design makes up for the questionable looks. The Model X has a drag coefficient of .24, which is stupid low for any car! This means the Model X will be able to cut through the air with very little trouble, leading to conservation in resources in increased stability. Speaking of stability, the Model X also has an Audi A7 like retractable spoiler, which adapts to driving conditions to provide max stability.

The interior of the Model X is a very familiar experience. The dashboard, seats, and trim are pretty much lifted straight from the Model S. This also includes the massive control screen that we all know and love. The Model X can be configured in either a 6-seat configuration (4 buckets and a rear bench) or a 7-seat configuration (2 buckets, a middle bench, and a rear bench).

7-seat configuration

7-seat configuration

On the performance front, the Model X will share the same choice of drive units that are found in the Model S. The starting configuration should be called Model X 70D, but that won’t become a thing until later (probably). Currently, however, only the balls to the wall Model X 90D and P90D will be available for purchase. The P90D packs the equivalent of 750hp+, and a 0-60 time of 3.3s! And yet it is able to achieve a 250mile range. If you can settle with a slightly slower 0-60 time of 4.8s, then the “sedated” 518hp Model X 90D will get you close to 260miles a charge.  Both come with all-wheel drive and a 155mph top speed.

Retractable spoiler in action

Retractable spoiler in action

Pricing for the Model X hasn’t actually been announced yet, but a lucky few have been able to speck their cars out for a eye-watering $132,000. I should note that these are loaded launch editions, which are a limited production. If you are interested in getting a Model X of your own, then all you have to do is give Tesla $5,000 to hold your place in line. When the time comes for production, Tesla will contact you to configure your Model X, as well as provide a final cost. I would expect the Model X to start from around $70,000 - $75,000 before any tax incentives. There is currently at least a 1-year waitlist for the Model X.