Electric carmaker Tesla is officially entering the SUV market with their own entry – the Model X. Meeting all the standards expected of a large family vehicle, the car holds seven adults and plenty of equipment, and yet, like the Model S, accelerates from zero to 100 km/h in 3.2 seconds. The X sports a 0.24 drag coefficient: 20% lower than the next best SUV. Furthermore, an active spoiler deploys to one of three preset positions while in motion, optimizing visibility, highway efficiency, and stability. The Model X will be available in both P90D and 90D variations.
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What is truly cool about the X are the falcon wing doors. Allowing practical access to second and third-row seats from either direction, and yet reminiscent of the Delran, the practical design takes nothing away from the aesthetics of the SUV. Hitch-mounted accessories add extra carrying versatility.
Designed with safety as priority, the floor mounted battery lowers the center of gravity to reduce risk of rollover. No gas engine means no risk of explosion, and the structure strengthens the car against side impact intrusions. Featured are cameras, radar, and sonar systems, providing the driver with real-time feedback to avoid collisions. Emergency brake automation takes over even at higher speeds.
Inside, the three rows fit seven adults very comfortably. The second-row seat is designed to maximize passenger comfort, legroom, under-seat storage and access to the third row, mounted separately with reclinability. The last row folds to a practical flat when not in use. The windshield at the front is the largest in production and provides a fully panoramic view to the driver and all passengers. With trunks in both the front and the back, the Tesla Model X can stow everyone’s gear and tow 5,000 pounds in addition. The estimated delivery for Model X is the second half of 2016.