Tesla has taken the wraps off its second model, the Model X electric SUV at a special event in its Freemont factory, California.
Sporting familiar design cues from the Model S, the world’s first electric production SUV will be offered in two variants, both featuring all-wheel drive. The 90D version is equipped with two 190kW (259PS) motors – one for each axle – enabling the SUV to dash from 0-60mph (0-98km/h) in 4.8 seconds while providing an estimated range of 414km.
The more powerful P90D features one 190kW (259PS) motor and one 370kW (503PS) motor that enables it to rush from 0-60mph in 3.8 seconds. This sprint time can be further reduced to a staggering 3.2 seconds with the Ludicrous Speed upgrade.
At 0.24, the Model X has the lowest drag coefficient of any SUV in history. It comes standard with an active spoiler that automatically adjusts to three positions for maximum visibility and efficiency.
The Model X is also the first electric vehicle with a 2,268kg towing capacity.
One of the most distinguished features of the Model X is the car’s “Falcon Wing” rear doors that offer seamless access into the second and third row seats. The double-hinged doors open up then out, requiring only 30cm of space on the side of the vehicle. Each door is equipped with capacitive, inductive and sonar sensors to monitor surroundings and avoid contact with obstacles around the car.
It will also automatically open and closes as the driver approaches or exits the car, without ever having to touch the door.
Customers can choose from 7- or 6-seat layouts with two seat configurations (2+3+2 and 2+2+2) available. The monopost seats move independently, sliding and tilting forward and back.
The car’s dashboard features a giant 17-inch portrait-format touchscreen that will be familiar to Model X owners. It integrates media, navigation, communications, cabin control and vehicle data.
Australian pricing and specifications will be announced closer to the car’s launch next year.