Tesla launched its long-awaited Model X SUV last week in the San Francisco Bay Area. Tesla's SUV is one of the most eagerly anticipated vehicles in recent memory. The company said it already had more than 25,000 orders, with a backlog of 8 to 12 months.
The launch of the model was a success and was witness by hundreds of thousands of people around the world. The new model X is unique in the automotive world and its significantly delayed release was mostly attributed to the advanced technology used to build the car. "We probably should have just modified the Model S. There are so many more features and difficult to build parts on the Model X than it is necessary for us to sell the cars", said Elon Musk, Tesla Motors' CEO. Musk also reaffirmed that the new SUV was "the most difficult car in the world to build".
Is it true?
Whilst there's certainly plenty of marketing and buzz around the Model X. The compelling combination of the car itself, along with the software inside make the SUV one of the most anticipated cars of 2016. To give an example of the advanced technology built-in, the latest software update will give the SUV self-driving features such as automatic lane-changing and self-parallel-parking capabilities.
Along with the above top-notch innovations, the Model X will also have independent door control as well as five different ride settings at various heights.
Perhaps more than the car specification and details, the most impressive advancements were made in safety. The SUV has a built-in filter that strips outside air of pollen, bacteria, viruses and pollution before circulating it into the cabin. There are three modes: circulate with outside air, re-circulate inside air and a bioweapon defense mode that creates positive pressure inside the cabin to protect occupants.
Concluding, yes. The Tesla Model X is one of the most advanced cars in the automotive industry and definitely bring together some of the best technology in a single vehicle.
The Model X comes with a 90 kWh battery providing 400 kilometers of driving range, and will be able to seat seven adults, as well as all of their gear. One particularly memorable aspect of the Tesla Model X, is without doubt the Falcon Wing doors. For a seven-seat car, the Falcon Wings doors allow easier access to the second and third row seats, compared to traditional SUV doors.
All-in-all, the Model X is a family vehicle that offers phenomenal safety, driving performance, and comfort. With a center of gravity lower than any other SUV, you'll notice the difference at every curve and fast lane. As with other Tesla models, the all-electric SUV delivers instant torque, even when loaded with seven adults and heavy luggage.
Roll-out and price
The Model X is estimated to cost somewhere between 80,000 € and 110,000 €. There are, of course, additional options and upgrades that will definitely make the Model X more expensive. One of the more notable is the "Ludicrous Speed" option, in which the SUV impressively accelerates from 0 to 100 kilometers per hour in 3.2 seconds.
The Model X is expected to start being delivered in the US, and later in Europe in the latter half of 2016. Until then, all Tesla fans will be counting down the days.
Undoubtedly, the Model X is one of the greatest breakthroughs in the automotive industry in the past decade. Not only is it beautiful to look at, it is also one of the fastest and safest on the road. A triumph of engineering and design!
The message from Tesla is loud and clear: the (R)evolution has begun! It is no longer a trend, fad, or buzzword, the #EV movement is here to stay. We can only hope that other car manufacturers will be inspired and driven to embrace new models and to seek fresh, new technological solutions.
As if you're driving one of your own. Take a look at this test drive of the new Tesla Model X. Enjoy!
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