Tesla Model X

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Tesla Model X
Tesla Model X vin0002 trimmed.jpg
Manufacturer Tesla Motors
Production 2015–present
Model years 2016–present
Assembly Tesla Factory in Fremont, California
Designer Franz von Holzhausen[1]
Body and chassis
Class Full-size crossover SUV
Body style 5-door[2] SUV
Related Tesla Model S
Electric motor Dual Motor AWD
90D; 259 hp (193 kW) front and rear
P90D; 259 hp (193 kW) front, 503 hp (375 kW) rear
Transmission Single-speed transaxle gearbox
Electric range 90D; 90kW·h
257 mi (414 km) (EPA)[3]
P90D; 90kW·h
250 mi (400 km) (EPA)[3]
Wheelbase 120.5 in (3,061 mm)
Length 198.0 in (5,029 mm)
Width 89.4 in (2,271 mm)
Height 66.3 in (1,684 mm)

The Tesla Model X is a full-size crossover SUV made by Tesla Motors. The prototype was unveiled at Tesla’s design studios in Los Angeles on February 9, 2012.[4] The Model X was developed from the full-size sedan platform of the Tesla Model S; both are being produced at the Tesla Factory in Fremont, California. First deliveries of the Model X began in September 2015.[5]


Tesla Model X concept at the 2012 Geneva Motor Show

Initially Tesla planned for deliveries to commence in early 2014.[6] However, in February 2013, the company announced that deliveries had been rescheduled to begin by late 2014 in order to achieve its production target of 20,000 Model S cars in 2013.[7] In November 2013, Tesla said it expected to begin Model X high volume production the second quarter of 2015.[8] In November 2014, Tesla again delayed and announced that Model X deliveries would begin in the third quarter of 2015.[9] Deliveries began on September 29, 2015. Among the reasons for delay were problems with the falcon-wing doors and cooling the motors when hauling trailers.[10]

The company also sued Hoerbiger for not producing satisfactory falcon-wing doors for the Model X. Tesla claimed the doors suffered from oil leakage and overheating. Many believe this is one of the reasons for the delay of the Model X.[11]

On July 29, 2015, Tesla announced a referral program though October 31, 2015 wherein owners of a Model S who refer 10 new buyers gain the option to buy a Founder Series Model X for the price of a base model. The first person (in each of three regions; Americas, Europe, Asia-Pacific) to reach this 10 referral point would be given this model for free.[12][13]


A series production vehicle was unveiled on September 29, 2015. It has a panoramic windshield. According to Tesla founder Elon Musk, it is the safest SUV in terms of frontal and side impact crash, being more than twice as safe as the next closest SUV in rollover tests as well. Standard radar-based AEB and ultrasonic-based side collision avoidance system to steer occupants away from a side collision. Tesla developed an ultrasonic sensor that can see through metal to keep falcon doors from hitting nearby objects when opening or closing. Musk claims the car features the first true HEPA filter in a car, with medical grade cabin air cleanliness comparable to that of a hospital operating room. When the car operates at maximum capability (enabled with a "Bioweapon Defense Mode" button), Tesla claims that no viruses, bacteria or spores can be detected in the cabin.[14]

The Model X features double hinged falcon doors, which open upwards allowing the leading edge of the door to remain tucked close to the body, unlike traditional gullwing doors. Tesla claims the falcon-wing doors make access easier. The Model X offers room for seven adults and their luggage in three rows of seating and front and rear trunks.[15]


The Tesla Model S (left) and Model X (right) share the same platform and 30% of their parts.
The Model X features double hinged falcon doors.

The Model X will weigh about 8% more than the Model S and share about 30% of its parts content – down from around 60% expected when development began.

The Model X has a choice of two lithium-ion battery packs, rated at either 70 or 90 kW·h – the same choices available on the Model S[4] – and the highest performance version of the model P90D goes from 0 to 60 mph (0 to 97 km/h) in 3.2 seconds, outperforming the fastest SUVs and many sports cars as well.[16][17] The Model X's all-wheel drive system uses two motors (one for the front and the other for the rear wheels), unlike conventional AWD systems that have a single source of power.[16] The Tesla Model X features an official EPA rated 250–257 mi (402–414 km) (P90D and standard 90D) range,[3] which according to valuewalk.com translates to approximately 310 mi (500 km) range on the European NEDC testing cycle.[18]

The company planned to offer rear-wheel drive models, but instead all models incorporate all wheel drive. The standard AWD has 259 horsepower (193 kilowatts) on both the front and rear motors, while the performance edition has 259 hp (193 kW) front and 503 hp (375 kW) rear.[19][20] With an optional towbar, the Model X has a towing capacity of up to 5,000 pounds (2,300 kg).[21]

Energy consumption[edit]

The following table shows the EPA's official ratings for fuel economy in miles per gallon gasoline equivalent (MPGe) and EPA's estimated out-of-pocket fuel costs for the variants of the Model X rated as of 30 September 2015 and as displayed in the Monroney label.

2016 Tesla Model X fuel economy and operating costs
Model Model
Combined MPGe City MPGe Highway MPGe Cost to drive
25 miles
Fuel Cost(1)
(15,000 mi)
Tesla Model X AWD – 90D
(90 kWh)[22]
2016 92
(34 kWh/100 mi)
90 mpg-e
(37 kWh/100 mi)
(32 kWh/100 mi)
US$1.11 US$650
Tesla Model X AWD – P90D
(90 kWh)[23]
2016 89
(38 kWh/100 mi)
(38 kWh/100 mi)
(38 kWh/100 mi)
US$1.14 US$700
Notes: 1 Based on 45% highway and 55% city driving. Values rounded to the nearest US$50. Electricity cost of US$0.12/kWh,
as of 21 August 2015. 1 gal. gasoline = 33.7 kWh.

Production and sales[edit]

Elon Musk delivering one of the first six Model X Founders Series models to Tesla board member Steve Jurvetson.

Tesla started taking reservations for the Model X in February 2012 without announcing prices.[24] The standard Model X required a US$5,000 deposit, while the no longer offered Signature model required a US$40,000 deposit as of 2013.[15] More than 20,000 Model Xs had been reserved by September 2014.[25] In August 2015, user groups estimated around 30,000 Model X pre-orders had been received, compared to 12,000 for the Model S.[26]

The first six Founders Series models were delivered at a market launch event in the Fremont factory on 29 September 2015.[5] The first Signature edition was delivered on 18 December 2015.[27] Pricing for the limited edition Signature version of the Model X varies between US$132,000 and US$144,000,[28] while the standard production version of the Model X will be priced at US$5,000 more than a comparably equipped AWD Model S that is priced at US$75,000 for the base Model 70D.[29]

Tesla delivered just 208 of the Model X to customers in the fourth quarter of 2015, having produced 507.[30]

See also[edit]


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  3. ^ a b c U. S. Environmental Protection Agency and U.S. Department of Energy (2015-09-26). "2016 Tesla Model X AWD - 90D and P90D". Retrieved 2015-10-03. 
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  11. ^ "Tesla sues Model X falcon wing door supplier". AutoBlog. 
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  13. ^ Referral Program Different archive, from 26 August 2015 Tesla. Retrieved 13 September 2015.
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  15. ^ a b Bradley Berman (2013-03-12). "Tesla Model X Production Won’t Start Until Late 2014". The New York Times. Retrieved 2013-03-12. 
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  17. ^ "Tesla Model X Acceleration vs Competing SUVs (+ More Spy Pics)". Gas 2. 
  18. ^ Morris, Christopher (2015-10-04). "Tesla Model X vs. Tesla Model S: What’s The Difference?". valuewalk.com. Retrieved 2015-10-10. 
  19. ^ "Model X | Tesla Motors". www.teslamotors.com. Retrieved 2015-09-30. 
  20. ^ Zachary Shahan (2015-09-23). "JB Straubel Answers (Trolls?) Tesla Horsepower Critics". Clean Technica. 
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  24. ^ "Tesla Model X Reservations Hit 500 in 24 Hours". HybridCars.com. 
  25. ^ Danny King. "Tesla Model X reservations 20,000 strong and counting". Autoblog. 
  26. ^ "Tesla Motors Inc (TSLA) Model X Pre-Orders Cross 30,000 Units". businessfinancenews.com. The table formed by TMC reveals that the electric vehicle (EV) company has received 30,027 Model X reservations worldwide. -- The sedan was able to receive only 12,000 pre-orders ahead of its launch. 
  27. ^ "Signature #1 delivered today". Tesla Motors Club. 2015-12-18. Retrieved 2015-12-19. 
  28. ^ "Tesla Signature series Model X to begin delivery September 29". Reuters (CNBC). 2015-09-03. Retrieved 2015-09-04. 
  29. ^ "Tesla's long-delayed Model X SUV hits the road as sales of luxury SUVs are booming". Retrieved 2015-09-30. 
  30. ^ Tesla barely hits Q4 goal amid cautious start for Model X, Market Watch, 3 January 2016, accessed 13 January 2016.

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