Model X unveiled by Tesla

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Tesla has just unveiled the Model X, the company's electric luxury SUV. Photo Credit: Tumbenhaur/Wikimedia Commons/CC-BY-SA

Tesla Motors, the electric car company, has just unveiled the Model X, the crossover SUV model. Many features will mirror the Model S, including performance, range and price.

About those doors

Tesla Motors founder Elon Musk recently created a bit of a stir when he announced Tesla’s upcoming crossover SUV Tesla, the Model X, would have “falcon doors.” Tesla has officially unveiled the car, according to the New York Times, and the rear falcon doors are the party piece.

The doors resemble an SUV version of the doors on the Ford GT40; the doors encompass part of the roof. However, where the “roof” section of the doors meet the “door” section of the doors, there’s a hinge that keeps the doors close to the body when being opened, resembling those of a falcon. The design enables the doors to be used in enclosed spaces like garages, which is almost impossible with traditional gullwing doors.

Fast like a falcon

The performance models of the Model X will be fast, according to Time magazine, capable of 0 to 60 miles per hour in 4.4 seconds in the Performance model.

Two or all-wheel-drive will be available, as some models have electric motors mounted on front and rear axles. The base model will only have one, mounted in the rear. There are two storage compartments; one behind the seats and one in the front. The “front trunk” or “frunk” as Musk called it, according to Reuters, goes where a traditional engine might.

Just like the Model S, according to TechCrunch, it will come with 40, 60 or 85 kWh battery packs, though Tesla says the weight of the Model X reduces range by about 10 percent.

It’s electric

The X, according to Reuters, will be priced close to the S. The base S starts at $49,900 and has a 40 kWh battery pack but is slower and has less range than the performance models; 0 to 60 takes 6.5 seconds, and it has an electric range of 180 miles, compared to 4.4 seconds and 300 miles for performance models with the 85 kWh battery pack. Assuming options for the Model X are similar to the S, performance models should start around $85,000 when it goes on sale in 2014.

The base Model X will have plenty of competition from other luxury crossovers, but performance models are only rivaled by the Mercedes ML63 AMG, BMW X6M and X5M and Porsche Cayenne Turbo. The AMG starts at $92,590 and gets from 0 to 60 in 4.8 seconds. The X5M and X6M both get from 0 to 60 miles per hour in 4.5 seconds, and start at $87,250 and $90,300, respectively. The Cayenne Turbo starts at $107,100 and gets from 0 to 60 miles per hour in 4.4 seconds. However, none are eligible for a $7,500 tax credit, have as much storage space or seat seven, like the Model X does.

[Mind you, the X5 and X6 are still great and there’s a fantastic selection of BMWs in Houston]


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