Tesla Model X: worth the price tag? 0

A couple of weeks ago, the Tesla Model X was unveiled to the public for the first time. Tesla’s CEO Elon Musk debuted his new vision: – albeit two years late and with a range of clever but arguably unnecessary features – the all-electric crossover SUV.

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Elon Musk spoke of the Model X’s focus on safety and how it’s the first SUV ever to get 5 stars in every crash test category. A very attractive feature considering the 6/7-seater passenger vehicle will be aimed at large, wealthy families. Thanks to its low centre of gravity and electric powered battery, the risks are minimalised. The car builds off the popular Model S in width, but is longer and taller than its predecessor.

The biggest design feature is the addition of Tesla’s ‘falcon doors’ for the back passengers. Instead of the conventional hinge, these doors open upwards using sensors, so they don’t touch another car, the garage roof or a person. Musk says the doors are to help when there isn’t a lot of room to enter or exit the vehicle, although the driver and front passenger doors remain the traditional design. They only require 30cm to open fully and can be operated touch-free and automatically. We agree that they look really cool, but they could be deemed an unnecessary feature. Because of the upward opening doors, roof racks aren’t available and the motion of the doors in operation is rather slow. Not suitable if you’re caught in the rain with bags of shopping.

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To combat the lack of roof rack options, Tesla has designed an accessory to attach to the boot of the Model X that will hold four bikes or six pairs of skis. This feature also allows the car to tow item(s) up to 5000lb. The panoramic glass windshield is also a new design element for Tesla, reaching up higher than usual windshields, to let in more light. It’s been commented to have taken inspiration from helicopters.

The Model X comes standard with a 90 kWh battery. The EPA has stated the estimated range of the 90 kWh is 250 miles and the fuel economy rates at 90 mpg. Providing you’ve mapped out a charging route before going on a long journey, you should be fine. The most impressive part – providing you opt for the  ‘ludicrous’ performance upgrade – is the 0-60 in 3.2 seconds and the top speed reaching 155 mph, all while producing zero emissions.

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A surprising, and quite frankly bizarre, addition to the Model X is the ‘bioweapon defence mode’. In the event of a bioweapon attack, the car will protect its occupants from different gases, bacteria, and a range of other apocalyptic variables. One could argue that this also seems an over-the-top feature to sell a car, but at least you’d have peace of mind.

Pricing for the Model X varies, depending on battery size and additional options, but the base price for the Signature models begin at $132,000. Musk has said less expensive versions will be arriving in the future and starting at $5000 more than the current Model S (so around $80k, and £65k expected in the UK), but no planned release date has been announced yet. The Model X is currently sold out but stock is expected to be available in the second half of 2016.

 

 

 

 

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