Tesla Model X concept rear three quarters left

Tesla Model X to launch in September, promises to be the world’s fastest SUV

July 18, 2015

The highly anticipated Tesl Model X crossover will arrive in Septemer, indicated Tesla CEO Elon Musk during yesterday’s announcement which was reported by many to be about the Model X. The CEO said: “Where the heck is the Model X and the Model 3!? You should really get on that.” Don’t worry, those remain our focus and good progress is being made on both. X is on track for first deliveries in two months and Model 3 in just over two years.”

The Model X would be the world’s fastest SUV. The ‘Ludicrous’ mode that was announced for the Model S will be available also on the crossover. It helps the sedan hit 0-60 mph (0-97 km/h) in just 2.8 seconds. The Model X, equipped with this performance upgrade, will be able to reach 0-60 mph (0-97 km/h) in only 3.2 or 3.3 seconds.

Speaking to media following the announcement, Mr. Musk  said, “We will offer ludicrous mode on the [Model] X, it will be 10 percent heavier car, so you’d expect the X be 3.2 or 3.3 seconds [in 0-60mph acceleration], probably 3.3 seconds due to higher centre of gravity.”

The Model X is slightly heavier than the Model S but that won’t affect the performance. The driving range won’t be affected either, as the battery pack has been upgraded accordingly to almost nullify the effects of weight change. “The X is roughly 10 per cent greater mass, energy usage per mile will be roughly 10 per cent higher than the S, so we have a five or six percent greater battery packing so the net range impact is only around four or five percent [compared to the S], so that’s good for the X,” Musk explained.

The Model X was expected by the company to share many parts with the S, but that didn’t happen.

“At the end of the day we originally thought the X would have a lot of commonality with the S, but in order to make the X great we really had to go to the point where only 30 percent of parts are common between X and S. So there’s a huge amount of bodywork that’s involved with the X and that’s our main focus right now.”

[Source: Tesla and CarAdvice]

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  1. Projected price?

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