New TeslaTesla Model X – Acceleration Takes your Breath Away

I was lucky enough to see the new Tesla Model X when travelling in Canada recently. In true Tesla style, the showroom was as far away from the expected as it is possible to be.  Indeed, just one Tesla takes centre stage in a smart street frontage showroom.  But, when it is Tesla, does it need more than one?

Impossible to ignore, I went in to take a closer look and was not expecting what I found. Certainly not a sport utility vehicle. Just look at those Falcon Wing back doors and the sports seats that continue from front to back.

Although I am not sure this is the exact format that will be coming to the UK, as it seats about seven, the showroom attendant did say it would appear here November/December time.  With a price tag in Canada of approximately 100,000.00 Canadian dollars.  There is better news, however, if you don’t have that much spare cash lying around. There will be a Tesla model available at some stage priced around £24,000.00.  Imagine it now, and then imagine plugging it into your own solar panels.

model-xTesla reports the Model X as the safest, fastest and most capable sport utility vehicle in history. With all-wheel drive and a 100 kWh battery providing 289 miles of range, even with seven adults and all their gear.

The Tesla I have been a passenger in was fast, the acceleration takes your breath away.  So, you might imagine their SUV range to be slightly different than the luxury sports model.  But no, they describe it as ludicrously fast, accelerating from zero to 60 miles per hour in just 2.9 seconds.

With only a foot of clearance on either side, the falcon doors are said to articulate smoothly up and out of the way, allowing passengers to enter from both the front and rear. The side and overhead opening is so large that parents can buckle children in without ducking or straining and without bumping their child’s head on the roof.  The doors serve the second and third row seats from even the tightest parking space.

The range for the Model X is achieved through its aerodynamics – at 0.24 its drag coefficient is 20% lower than the next best SUV. In addition, an active spoiler deploys from the rear lift gate to optimise highway efficiency and stability.

So, late 2016 – not long to wait now. I hope you like it as much as I do.