New 2016 Tesla Model X SUV: price, pictures, specs and ‘Falcon Wing doors’


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Tesla boss Elon Musk has unveiled the new falcon-doored Tesla Model X SUV at a launch event in Los Angeles, California

The Tesla Model X has arrived, catapulting electric car pioneer Tesla into the global SUV market. Tesla boss Elon Musk unveiled the new Model X to the world at a special launch event in California, revealing the key features of a groundbreaking car that he hopes will make a similar impact in the premium family SUV market to that which the Tesla Model S has had in the executive car sphere.

The Tesla Model X is an all-electric, all-wheel-drive SUV that tackles the problem of building a high-riding family vehicle with the clean-sheet-of-paper approach for which Tesla has become renowned. The car is designed first and foremost as a family utility vehicle with seven seats, class-leading interior space and practicality, married to strong safety credentials centred around active collision avoidance technology. Beyond that, it’s got ‘falcon wing’ rear doors, a bioweapon defence button and the top-spec model will surge from 0-60mph in 3.2 seconds.

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Speaking at the Model X launch event, Musk explained that he had set out to prove that any car could go electric. With Tesla’s Roadster, Model S executive car and now the Model X he’s well on the way.

Musk has already gone on record in saying that the Model X would double Tesla’s global sales volume and that’s with the company planning to sell 55,000 vehicles in 2015. A further boost will arrive when the Model 3 compact executive car goes on sale in 2017.

Pricing has yet to be revealed, but the Model X is predicted to be priced at similar levels to the Model S when it goes on sale, putting it in the £50,000 to £90,000 bracket. The first UK deliveries are due in 2016.

Tesla Model X: safety

Tesla claims that the Model X is the safest SUV ever. With US crash tests awarding it a 5-star rating in every category and a probability of serious injury in a high speed accident of only 6.5%, the stats appear to back that up. The firm also expects a maximum 5-star rating when the car is subjected to the Euro NCAP crash tests.