2016 Tesla Model X Horsepower – Tesla recently previewed its upcoming Model X ahead of the fully electric crossover’s debut later this month. The automaker showed a teaser image of the new model in an invitation to its premiere, which takes place Thursday, February 9 at the automaker’s Southern California design studio.
Although the image doesn’t reveal many of the upcoming crossover’s exterior details, it clearly illustrates the Model X’s rounded front fenders, pronounced grille and steeply raked windshield. It also displays a connection between the Model X and Tesla’s upcoming Model S sedan, which also features rounded styling and a dramatically angled windshield.
[wptab name=’2016 Tesla Model X Review’]
Fortunately, we won’t have to wait long to see the Model X in final form. The crossover is set for a debut next week at the automaker’s Los Angeles Design Studio, which is located near the Los Angeles International Airport in suburban Hawthorne, California. The automaker is referring to the event as “the most exciting vehicle premiere of 2012” and promises that Tesla Roadsters will receive preferred parking. Tesla chief executive Elon Musk further added to the hype surrounding the Model X’s debut, Tweeting that “most cars are pretty blah. This is not.”
But despite the buzz, the Model X is likely still several years away. In a 2010 interview, Musk promised the crossover would debut in 2014, or about two years after the mid-2012 launch of the Model S sedan. When it does arrive, the Model X will likely feature an innovative new interior configuration – not unlike the Model S, which manages to pack seven seats into a typical sedan body style.
Founded in 2003 by Martin Eberhard and multi-millionaire and PayPal creator Elon Musk, Tesla Model X released its first electric vehicle, the Roadster, in early 2008 with a base price of around $110,000. Through the end of last year, the automaker sold nearly 2,000 units of the small sports car, which is based on the high-performance Lotus Elise and can reach 60 miles per hour from a standing stop in around four seconds. The Model S sedan, which be offered with a starting price of $57,400, will be the automaker’s second vehicle when it goes on sale later this year.
[wptab name=’2016 Tesla Model X Horsepower’]
Tesla Motors has announced the Australian arrival date for its Model X electric SUV, opening pre-orders for delivery in the third quarter of 2016.
The third vehicle to come out of Tesla Model S HQ in Palo Alto, California, after the Model S sedan and the early Roadster sports car, the Model X has a larger sports utility vehicle design, and features unique ‘Falcon Wing’ rear doors that fold to open upwards.
The Australian rollout of the electric vehicle will follow a launch in the US and other left-hand-drive markets in the coming months, and follows production delays that Tesla put down to the increased testing needed for the Model X. While company CEO Elon Musk acknowledged that the hold-up “negatively affects the short term,” he said the company was ultimately not prepared to “bring a product to market that does not delight customers.”
Now, Australians will get a chance to experience the delight that Tesla is angling for with the Model X due to arrive in roughly a year.
The ‘falcon wings’ on the Model X.
Interested consumers can register their interest online by placing a fully-refundable AU$6,000 with Tesla to reserve their place in the Model X queue. When the final price is announced, these customers will then have the option of going through the design process to customise their SUV before paying the final cost, or having their deposit refunded.
While the company has not confirmed the price tag for Australian customers, Tesla Australia marketing and communications manager Heath Walker said the car would “have to compete” with other luxury SUVs such as the Mercedes M Class (which starts from AU$90,000) and the BMW X5 (from $93,000).
According to Walker, the success of these two models and other similar vehicles shows “there is demand in the market for something like the Model X.”
Tesla began deliveries for its Model S in Australia in December 2014, marking the local launch of the sedan with a ritzy event at Sydney’s Star Casino. Since then, the company has expanded its supercharger network up the east coast and opened a service centre in Richmond, Melbourne, and a permanent pop-up store in Melbourne’s Chadstone Shopping Centre to join its Sydney service centre in St Leonards.
In future Tesla says it could drastically reduce its customer-facing footprint, doing away with the large car dealership format in favour of smaller shopfronts that focus on the company’s online design tool whilst still giving customers the chance to touch and feel car materials and buy their very own Tesla Motors merch.
Like every other Tesla model, the Model X is a fully electric vehicle, with no gasoline engine. Much like the Model S, the Model X will feature a pair of electric motors that are mounted on the front and rear of the vehicle.
The Model X is also tipped to carry the same battery packs as the Model S, including the standard 60 kWh and a more performance-oriented 85 kWh battery. Output should be around 400 horsepower, while range should be in excess of 200 miles for both models. Expect the 60 kWh model to hit 60 mph in around six seconds and the 85 kWh model to achieve the same benchmark in around 5.5 seconds.
There’s no word on whether the Model X will receive an “85 kWh Performance” model, but it’s likely Tesla will want to launch a beefed-up version of the SUV as well. Output could sit at nearly 700 horses in this model, which would translate into a 0-to-60 mph time of less than four seconds.
Tesla has made no indication of the price tag of the Model X. Our guess is predicated on the cost of the Model S sedan, which has a starting price of $75,570 for the 60 kWh model before the $7,500 federal tax credit.
Using that as a starting point, it’s possible that the Model X will sell from about $82,000 all the way up to about $115,000 for the range-topping model. These numbers are pure speculation so don’t be shocked if they are off a little.
Deliveries are slated for the third quarter of 2018, but that date is available for already-ordered units. Customers that haven’t placed a reservation yet are likely to take delivery of theirs in early 2016.
There aren’t a lot of SUVs out there that can boast the qualities the Model X has. Some are being developed, but most are still in the concept phase. But if there’s one electric SUV that’s picked up some steam in recent months, it’s the Audi Q8 e-tron.
Autocar reported that Audi was in the process of developing an electric powertrain technology that could be used outside of the R8 e-tron. That’s when it first broke that a Q8 e-tron was actually in the works.
A plug-in hybrid, the XC90 T8 is actually available in showrooms, having been launched for the 2018 model year. The SUV benefits from the company’s new design language, which incorporates a modern front grille, slimmer headlamps with “Thor’s Hammer” DRLs, and less boxy styling cues all around.
The interior is among the most luxurious in the segment, featuring Soft Nappa leather, plenty of wood trim, and a crystal gear lever made by famed Swedish glass maker Orrefors. The XC90 is also incredibly roomy, mostly thanks to Volvo’s new Scalable Product Architecture. The hybrid drivetrain brings together a 2.0-liter, turbocharged and supercharged, four-cylinder gasoline engine and a 60-kW electric motor connected to the rear axle. Its combined output is 400 horsepower and 472 pound-feet of torque.