Tesla Motors today unveiled the Tesla Model X at an event near its plant in Fremont, California in the USA.
Tesla Model X Safety:
Tesla CEO Elon Musk kicked-off the event with boasting about the new crossover’s safety. The Tesla Model X is, the company claims, the safest car on the road. It has received a 5-star safety rating by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) in every category, and the company claims that it is “the first SUV to ever do so.” To receive this rating, a vehicle would require to have a 10% overall probability of injury, and Model X should surpass that figure with about 6.5% overall probability of injury.
Mr. Musk says that the design and architecture of the Model X are to credit for such a low overall probability of injury. One of the major factors behind serious injuries in standard crossovers or any regular vehicle is the combustion engine located in the front which compresses into the passenger compartment in case of an accident. The Model X does not have a combustion engine and hence does not posses that risk. Moreover, it has a large crumple zone to absorb the energy of a high-speed impact.
The battery pack is located on the floor, and this results in an extremely low center of gravity, which in turn reduces the risk of rollover. Automatic emergency braking and side collision avoidance will be standard. A camera and a radar automatically apply the brakes when an accident is predicted, while the ultrasonic sensors around the sides to steer the vehicle away from collision.
Tesla Model X Comfort and luxury:
The Tesla Model X comes with industry-first feature – auto presenting doors. The driver door automatically opens and closes as the driver approaches or exits the vehicles. Speaking of doors, the double-hinged Falcon Wing doors at the rear form one of the key USPs not only as a cool-factor but also in terms of utility when it’s about the ease of access and exit to the third-row seats. Not only that, the Falcon Wing doors are equipped with capacitive, inductive, and sonar sensors that monitor surroundings and avoid contact with surround objects, and optimally open up even in tight spots. The all-electric crossover can be had with six- or seven-seat interior layout.
The Tesla Model X is feature-packed when it comes to comfort and luxury inside the cabin. There’s a 17-inch touchscreen infotainment system of which, many functions are voice-activated and are mirrored on the instrument panel. A 17-speaker audio system provides conert hall-like sound quality. There’s charging dock for Apple iPhone in the center console.
Performance and capabilities:
At the heart of the Tesla Model X, are two electric motors that digitally and independently control torque to the front and rear wheels. The electric motors are powered by a 90 kWh battery. Two models are available – Model X 90D and Model X P90D. All-wheel drive is standard.
The front and rear electric motors in the Model X 90D produce 259 hp each, while the same in the Model X P90D produce 259 hp and 503 hp respectively. The former does 0-60 mph (0-97 km/h) in 4.8 seconds, while the latter does the same in 3.8 seconds or 3.2 seconds if upgraded with the available Ludicrous Speed Upgrade. In the same order, EPA-estimated driving range is rated 257 miles (414 km) and 250 miles (402 km) respectively. One of the leading factors behind this high efficiency is the remarkably low drag coefficient of 0.24. The top speed of both models is 155 mph (250 km/h) and cannot be increased even with the Ludicrous Speed Upgrade (in case of P90D).
The Tesla Model X can tow load of 5,000 lbs. even with seven people on board with their luggage. Mr. Musk demonstrated this capability at the event, as seen in the video embedded above. The front trunk is large enough for two golf bags. At the rear, an accessories hitch can be used to carry up to four bikes or up to six sets of skis and even snowboards.
Tesla Model X Deliveries:
Deliveries of the Tesla Model X have commenced now. The first five units were delivered at the launch event itself.