5 Facts About the Upcoming Tesla Model X
The Tesla Model X is finally coming to fruition. Plagued by what seemed to be never-ending delays, the Model X will roll off the assembly line September 29th. The third model in the Tesla lineup, the company is aiming to get more people on the electric bandwagon. With that in mind, here are five awesome facts about the upcoming Tesla Model X. 1.) Falcon-Wing Doors
While this may seem like a gimmick, the Model X Falcon-Wing Doors are actually quite beneficial. The design allows the doors to open without the worry of hitting a parked car, or the side of a wall in your garage. It has been rumored that these doors have been the source of many of the delays.
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2.) All-Wheel Drive
The Model X isn’t the first Tesla to get all-wheel drive, but it will be the first one that has enough ground clearance to potentially use the system in an off-road, or more inclement situation. This will be the first truly winter-capable Tesla.
3.) This Isn’t the "Average Joe" Tesla
With a starting price of around $80,000, the Model X isn’t a car for the average consumer. Add the performance P90D motors and you’ll be looking at something that costs closer to $130,000. Tesla has stated that the mass-market Model 3 will be coming shortly and go on sale within the next two years.
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4.) Ludicrous Mode
The new SUV will receive the same blisteringly fast drivetrain as found in the supercar beating Model S P90D. Next stop, the Model X P.L.A.I.D.
5.) Unrivaled Technology
Tesla has become synonymous with technology. Between the electric drivetrain, and the massive integrated touch-screen center console, the Model X is about as high tech as you can get with a car. Additionally, the Model X will be used to test the Tesla autonomous driving program that began with the Model S.
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Over the last two weeks, Volkswagen has become embroiled in the controversy over the company’s clean diesel engines. Over 11 million cars worldwide are being recalled, and Volkswagen itself is looking at a fine of $18 billion. This has allowed Tesla founder and CEO Elon Musk to capitalize in the lead-up to the Model X debut.
Musk spoke to reporters who asked whether Volkswagen and the ongoing #Dieselgate, would cause people to lose faith in green technology. “Well, I think it’s more the opposite." Said Musk, "What Volkswagen is really showing is that we’ve reached the limit of what’s possible with diesel and gasoline. The time has come to move to a new generation of technology.”
Of course it would be foolish to discount advancements in conventional engines over the last few years. Look at the McLaren P1, or the Porsche 918, both of which are staggering pieces of engineering and green technology merging with conventional engines. With that said, we’re eagerly awaiting to test the Tesla Model X.