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The Tesla Model X Gets its Big Reveal

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The Tesla Model X Gets its Big Reveal

2016 Tesla Model X

2016 Tesla Model X

After years of waiting and several delays later, the Tesla Model X is here. At a streaming event held on the west coast, Tesla unveiled its new crossover, and it is just as awesome as we all expected it to be… Maybe even a little more awesome than we expected.

Unfortunately, Tesla only revealed the details about the 90 kWh model, leaving us wondering about any lower-powered and lower-priced models. The 90 kWh model will come in a pair of tunes, the standard 90D and the P90D. The 90D will use a pair of 259-horsepower electric motors to deliver a 4.8-second sprint to 60 mph, a 155 mph top speed, and a 257-mile range.

2016 Tesla Model X

2016 Tesla Model X

Adding the “P” turns the juice on the rear motor up to 503 horsepower, which drops the 0-to-60 sprint to 3.8 seconds (3.2 seconds with $10,000 Ludicrous Speed option installed) and reduces the range to 250 miles. Top speed of the P90D, however, remains unchanged.

On top of being super fast, Tesla also boasted about the safety of the Model X. In fact, Elon Musk claimed that the Model X is the first-ever SUV to receive a five-star rating across the board from the NHTSA. This includes the rollover test, which the Model X aced thanks to its low-positioned batteries lowering its potential to roll over.

2016 Tesla Model X

2016 Tesla Model X

What’s more, the Model X is also downright useful, as it can haul and tow with the best of them. Inside its cabin, the model X can six or seven people, depending on the seating option selected. By the looks of it, it can tote these folks around pretty comfortably too. It can also tow up to 5,000 pounds and it has a hitch accessory designed to carry up to four bikes or six sets of skis.

On top of hauling all of those people, the Model X also has a pretty well laid-out cabin. In here, you’ll find a 17-inch center-mounted touchscreen, a 17-speaker audio system, GPS enabled HomeLink, and more.

2016 Tesla Model X

2016 Tesla Model X

Here’s the downside to the Model X… it’s going to be very expensive. In fact, the first run of Model Xs, which are dubbed the Founders Series models, cost $132,000. I am willing to bet that the 90D model will base from around $90,000 to $100,000.

There are no details one when all the information will be available for the full Model X lineup, but I doubt we’ll have to wait more than a few months to learn more.

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