2016 Tesla X: P90D Performance All-Wheel Drive

by Mike Hunter

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The SUV market is changing, with fuel efficiency being the real driver. At Tesla, it is all about electricity and design. Useful and truly an innovation, the new Tesla X is an SUV entry that will likely be considered a turning point in design, efficiency and spaciousness.

The Model X is touted as the safest, fastest and most capable sport utility vehicle ever made. It is equipped with a 90-kWh battery that allows for up to 257 miles with a very quick 0–60 in 3.2 seconds. The vehicle simply jettisons from its standing position and takes off.

With its battery lower and centered under the vehicle, it has become one of the safest vehicles, with half the likelihood of rollover, and was engineered with a front impact-absorbing crumple zone since the engine is not there. It is expected to achieve the highest safety ratings in all categories. Its soon-to-be iconic falcon-wing doors make this the most unique SUV ever built — a design that allows access to second- and third-row seating like no other. The large glass panoramic windshield runs up the front of the cabin and atop to provide for unobstructed views and unlimited visibility. Optimized solar tinting provides for reduced obstructions and amazing views for passengers as well.

The Tesla seats seven people in three rows with sleek airline-like seats that are thinner than the usual car seats and optimize space. Each reclines independently, with under-seat storage. The third row folds down to allow for more storage space. The sleek dash is reminiscent of the Tesla Model S and includes a touchscreen that controls all of the latest gadgets, communications, audio and navigation. Maps are enlargeable, allowing for greater detail.

Our only drawback is that the Tesla Model X must be ordered and there is already a waiting list.

Tesla Model X

MSRP: $81,200
0-60: 3.8 seconds
Range: 250 miles
Top Speed: 155 mph

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