The wait is finally over as after numerous delays Tesla Motors has introduced the production-ready Model X, world’s first pure electric SUV. It looks just about the same as the concept with the exception of the front fascia that has a different grille while everything else has been carried over, including the falcon wing rear doors that open upwards. Despite being an SUV, this has a very good drag coefficient of 0.24 which was also possible thanks to the implementation of a rear spoiler.
According to Tesla Motors, the Model X has the biggest windshield ever fitted onto a production car and this should provide superior visibility for the driver and all the other people inside the cabin. Speaking of which, the interior can have a six- or seven-seat arrangement and many of the bits and pieces have been sourced from the Model S all-electric sedan.
To lower the center of gravity, Tesla’s engineers have installed the battery pack within the floor and they say it can last for up to 257 miles (414 km). The standard variant of the Model X will be powered by two 259 bhp electric motors mounted on each axle which will be enough for a 0-96 kmph run in 4.8 seconds while the range-topping model will have a 259 bhp electric motor working together with a 503 bhp motor which will grant the pure-electric SUV with a sprint in as little as 3.8 seconds.
If that’s not fast enough, Tesla Motors will offer an optional Ludicrous Speed upgrade that will lower the sprint time to just 3.2 seconds, thus making it the quickest SUV ever. At an additional cost, buyers will have the possibility of ordering an optional air suspension, a pollution-free climate control system and a plethora of safety & assistance systems working with a radar, sonar and cameras.
Those who place an order right now for the Tesla Model X will have to wait until the second half of next year to get the vehicle. For the moment there aren’t any details regarding a possible Indian launch, but that could happen eventually since company‘s chief financial officer Deepak Ahuj said a while back that India represents a market with huge potential.