Tesla Model X SUV EV takes flight

If you were hoping for a traditional SUV from Tesla think again. Instead think BMW X6 and/or Mercedes GLE Coupe. But even with its sloping roofline, the Tesla Model X can be configured to seat six or seven (see pic after the jump). I never understood the Model S' grille so I'm glad to see that the front fascia offers venting for needed cooling only. In fact, one of the front vents pushes air into the cabin through a HEPA filter so you can "breathe easy." I like the grille-less look and my only complaint about the Model X styling is that it looks unfinished on the rear...like they forgot to put on the bumper. Maybe a bigger bump for low-speed crash safety? The windshield sweeps well back into the roof for improved viewing and probably due to the fact that the Falcon Wing doors preclude any kind of sunroof. I'd also allow for larger wheels as well. And while the Falcon Wing doors strike me as a big gimmicky, they do ease rear entry, especially in tight spaces with minimal clearance around the vehicle. The Model X is Tesla's "top dog" right now, so the new EV gets everything the automaker has available like, an automatically deploying rear spoiler; maps and navigation with real time traffic updates; 17-speaker premium audio; power-folding and heated side mirrors; front trunk with room for luggage, strollers or two golf bags; free long distance travel on Tesla's expanding Supercharger network (within limits); an 8 year, infinite mile battery and drive unit warranty; GPS enabled Homelink; parking sensors, blind spot and side collision warnings; automatic emergency braking; and more including Tesla's configurable dash that includes the 17-inch center display. The Model X's two electric motors have a combined rating of 763 hp (259 hp front, 503 hp rear) accelerating the Model X from 0-60 in 3.2 seconds (with the Ludicrous Speed update) and hitting a top speed of 155 mph, while producing zero emissions. Model X has a low center of gravity due to Tesla's EV platform architecture and a low aero rating of 0.24 cd. There is a lot to like here not to mention that the Model X has an expected range of approximately 250 miles depending on your driving style and how often you hit the Ludicrous button (if so equipped). Prices have not been announced (even to the more than 25,000 people have reserved their own Model X) but the top-of-the-line Model X is expected to start in the low six-figure range. Can't wait to see them on the road now that deliveries have started. For more info, check out the press release (with added info) and a link (at the bottom) to the Model X launch video. Enjoy.

Source: Tesla - Press release after the "read more" jump.

Press Release:
Model X Launch

Safety First

Tesla Architecture

Built electric from the ground up, Model X is designed to be the safest car on the road. Our crash tests indicate that Model X will receive a 5 star safety rating in all categories, the first SUV to ever do so.

Not needing a big gasoline engine under the hood, Model X has a large crumple zone to absorb the energy of a high-speed impact. The battery’s location on the floor gives Model X an extremely low center of gravity, reducing the risk of rollover common in most SUVs. Aluminum pillars reinforced with steel rails protect occupants and the battery while improving roof stiffness.

Active Safety

Model X comes standard with automatic emergency braking and side collision avoidance to prevent accidents from happening in the first place. Tesla makes the only standard AEB system that works at high speed.

Every Model X carries a forward-looking camera, radar, and 360 degree sonar sensors to enable advanced autopilot features. Tesla’s over-the-air software updates regularly improve the sophistication of these features, enabling increasingly capable safety and convenience features like Autosteer and Autopark, and bringing the Model X ever closer to autonomous operation.

Falcon Wings (Added to release from site)

Falcon Wing doors allow easy access to second and third row seats from any parking space. Minivan style sliding doors open at most halfway while traditional doors are not capable of opening fully when parked next to another car.

With only a foot of clearance, Falcon Wing doors articulate smoothly up and out of the way, allowing passengers to enter from both front and rear directions. The side and overhead opening is so large that parents can buckle children in without ducking and without bumping their child's head on the roof.

Breathe Easy

Model X is the world’s cleanest SUV on the inside, too. The front fascia is designed with a functional duct that pushes air through the first true HEPA filter system available in an automobile allowing medical-grade air to fill the cabin, no matter what is going on outside.

Inside Model X
Model X Falcon Wing doors offer unprecedented convenience, entry, and maneuverability for everyday life. They provide seamless ingress and egress into the second and third row. No longer do parents have to cantilever themselves to avoid hitting their child’s head on the roof as they place them in a car seat.

The double-hinged Falcon Wing doors open up then out, requiring only 30 cm 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, making it possible to park in tight spots.

The industry’s first auto presenting door automatically opens and closes as the driver approaches or exits Model X. Why should the driver ever need to touch the door?

Monopost seats move independently, sliding and tilting forward and back. They allow passengers easy access to the third row and give them plenty of foot room when they sit down.


The windshield in Model X stretches up and over the front seat occupants. Second row passengers get a first row vantage point with an expansive view ahead, atop the falcon wing door, and beside them. The windshield’s solar tint transition completes the modern and open feel.


Seventeen precisely positioned speakers bring concert hall like sound inside Model X.


The 17” center touchscreen seamlessly integrates media, navigation, communications, cabin control and vehicle data into one intuitive interface. Many functions are mirrored on the instrument panel and are voice-activated to focus the driver’s attention on the road.

Whether big or little, there’s a place to store it in Model X. Side pockets, a center console and a blind holster for your iPhone.

Fit everything

Model X provides unprecedented space for passengers and cargo. With three rows of seats, a front and rear trunk, and room under the second row seats, there’s ample room for people, luggage, and big things like surf boards and bikes. For even heavier cargo, Model X is the first electric vehicle with a 5,000 lb. tow capacity.

Seating for Seven + Gear (Added to release from site)

Model X comfortably seats seven people in three rows. Every seat is the best seat in the house, but the second row seats are a work of art. Mounted on a single impact absorbing post and independently reclining, each second row seat is designed to maximize passenger comfort, legroom, under seat storage and access to the third row. The third row seats fold flat when not in use.


Agility and Speed

At the heart of the vehicle is Tesla’s proven electric powertrain, accelerating Model X from 0-60 in a staggering 3.2 seconds and hitting a top speed of 155 mph, all while producing zero emissions.

Designed with Tesla’s electric vehicle architecture, Model X’s floor-mounted battery gives the vehicle a low center of gravity and ideal weight distribution for exhilarating performance and superior handling.


At 0.24, Model X has the lowest drag coefficient of any SUV in history.

Model X comes standard with an active spoiler that automatically adjusts to three positions for maximum visibility and efficiency. Under 45 mph, the spoiler is positioned so the driver can see above and below it. At higher speeds the spoiler partially retracts for improved highway efficiency (+1.6%), and optimizes the vehicle’s lift distribution. Model X is the only car with an active spoiler equipped with a center-high-mounted stop lamp (CHMSL).

All-wheel drive

Dual motors digitally and independently control torque to the front and rear wheels to give Model X unparalleled control of traction while increasing performance and efficiency.

Signature Model X comes with a 90 kWh battery providing customers a driving range of 250 miles on a single charge.

Features (Added to release from site)
  • Falcon Wing rear doors with built in sensors for opening in garages of any height
  • Automatically deploying rear spoiler
  • Maps and navigation with real time traffic updates
  • Daytime running lights
  • Power-folding and heated side mirrors
  • Front trunk with room for luggage, strollers or two golf bags
  • Full size rear cargo storage for bikes and gear
  • Free long distance travel on Tesla's expanding Supercharger network
  • 8 year, infinite mile battery and drive unit warranty
  • Automatic keyless entry
  • GPS enabled Homelink
  • Parking sensors, blind spot and side collision warnings
  • Automatic emergency braking
  • Seating for six or seven adults depending on interior configuration
  • Four LATCH child seat attachments, two in each passenger row


  1. Performance All-Wheel Drive
  2. 250 miles range (EPA est.)
  3. 3.8 seconds 0-60 mph
    3.2 seconds with Ludicrous Speed Upgrade
  4. 259 hp front, 503 hp rear motor power
  5. 155 mph top speed


  1. All-Wheel Drive
  2. 257 miles range (EPA est.)
  3. 4.8 seconds 0-60 mph
  4. 259 hp front, 259 hp rear motor power
  5. 155 mph top speed

By the numbers
Range250 miles for P90D
Top Speed155 miles per hour
Zero-603.2 seconds for Ludicrous P90D
3.8 seconds for P90D
Quarter Mile11.7 seconds for Ludicrous P90D
12.2 seconds for P90D
Motor Power259 hp front, 503 hp rear
Motor Torque713 lb-ft combined
244 lb-ft/330 Nm front
479 lb-ft/600 Nm rear
US MPGe89 MPGe for P90D
Weight5,441 lbs.
Drag Coefficient0.24

Tesla Launches Model X from Tesla Motors on Vimeo.