Tesla’s Model X has been long awaited by all, and on Tuesday night, the automaker finally unveiled the gull-winged electric crossover, which has the potential to shake the luxury vehicle market. Tesla CEO Elon Musk rolled out the Model X near the Tesla factory south of San Francisco in front of hundreds of enthusiasts and media.
Crossovers a new battleground for Tesla
On Tuesday, the EV firm delivered six of the SUVs. The electric drive train used in the Model X is the same as the one used in the Model S, allowing similar breakneck acceleration times and a per-charge range of about 250 miles. It can go from 0 to 60 mph in just 3.2 seconds, and therefore, it will be tagged as the fastest SUV in the world.
At the same time, it offers the extra space of a crossover and some key innovations like a windshield that allows drivers see the sky above and one of the most sophisticated passenger air filters. It has a top speed of 155 mph. The vehicle’s performance is breathtaking, and so is the price. The Signature or “founders”’ version of the Model X has been priced at $132,000.
The Model X is surely no ordinary crossover, but for Tesla, crossovers are a new space, and whether it will be able to compete with the giants like Mercedes-Benz, BMW and Lexus remains to be seen. With more consumers demanding roomier yet plush vehicles, crossovers are growing into one of the hottest segments of the automotive market.
Model X raising the bar for automotive engineering
Before formally unveiling the vehicle, Musk told reporters that the Model X will set a new bar for automotive engineering. The vehicle actually pushes the limits of the company’s production system and designers. The launch has been delayed several times because the company wanted to perfect the vehicle’s signature feature, which is its radical upward-opening falcon doors, for the second row. The falcon doors are meant to allow graceful entries into the rear seats. The doors have been designed in such a manner that they do not bang against the sides of other cars.
Musk said he wanted to make sure the doors of the vehicle close properly and protect against the elements. Apart from the doors, the EV firm is touting other features of the Model X, for instance, its ability to tow 5,000 pounds.