Tesla Gains A Third Family Member: The Model X

Recently, Tesla unveiled the new Model X concept. This is Tesla’s third model in the lineup. Tesla also makes the Roadster and the Model S, both of which are fast electric cars. The Model X is a new electric SUV from Tesla with seven seats. An interesting feature is passenger access that is easier than many existing SUVs and minivans. The second and third rows are very spacious inside, compared to many SUVs and minivans. Access to the second and third rows is very easy, and it only requires a step to get in, not climbing. I think this will be a great selling model in Tesla’s lineup because of the flexibility, performance, and luxury of this electric SUV, that no other SUV can match.

Tesla Model X

Power and Range
Teslas are known to be very fast, and the Model X is no exception. The Model X does 0-60 in 4.4 seconds! That’s quicker than the fastest SUVs and it’s on par with sports cars. The Model X has a good torque curve, which is great for quick lane changes and fast acceleration. Powering the Model X is a 60 or 85 kWh battery pack. Both rear wheel drive and dual motor all-wheel drive will be offered. The rear wheel drive configuration has one electric motor, and dual motor all-wheel drive contains two. The range will be 160, 230, or 300 miles, depending on which model you get. Those are nice numbers, especially for a large electric vehicle like the Model X.

Falcon Wing Doors

Falcon Wing Doors

The Tesla Model X is a vehicle that gives you easy access into the rear seats, as well as lots of cargo area and space. One feature that I really love is the falcon wing doors. They are doors that open up very high, even in very tight spaces, to provide very easy access into the rear of the vehicle. These doors allow you to get into the car and stand up almost fully upright underneath the door. I hope falcon wing doors make it into production because they are quite amazing in their geometry. You get lots of cargo space because there’s room inside the vehicle, as well as in the front of the vehicle, where you would usually find the hood of a car. The compact batteries and motors are located underneath the vehicle, and as a result, you end up having storage in both the front and rear of the vehicle. I find that very clever because you can hold lots of luggage.

Other Features

17 inch touchscreen

There is a 17 inch touchscreen display inside the cabin, which provides information and entertainment while on the go. This display is also found on the Model S. I just love this display because it replaces all the buttons on the dashboard, with one gigantic screen. That’s an impressive touch. There is a nice premium interior, as well as a panoramic sunroof, which are luxury touches. I’ve never seen a car with as nice an interior as this Model X, so I can’t wait to actually go inside this SUV one day.

Interestingly, the Model X is a mirror-less car.  It uses mini cameras instead, mounted where side-view mirrors would be located.  We’ve seen many concept cars with this type of feature.  These not only cut down energy consumption when highway cruising, but they also help the car achieve better aerodynamics.  You would see things through the camera on a display in the car.  It would be nice if these would make it into production.

We don’t know pricing, as this is currently a concept. This vehicle is a long way down the road because production begins at the end of 2013, with sales beginning at the top of 2014. I really can’t wait until this vehicle makes it into production. I am excited to see what other new features will be unveiled when the Model X gets to production. I also can’t wait to see how well this vehicle will sell. This is an exciting development.

    • Mythili Sankaran
    • February 27th, 2012

    Awesome Blog- I am so impressed! This is the only place I plan to visit to get all my info on cars and Apple. Keep it up!

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