Since 2012, consumers have been eagerly awaiting the launch of Tesla’s Model X. After several postponements, project revisions and iterations, the company has finally announced that their Model X crossover sport utility vehicle (SUV) should finally hit the market.
Fully electric, the car has space for seven passengers and a system based on two engines capable of achieving very high speeds – hitting 100 km/h from standstill in just 3.2 seconds. According to the manufacturer, Model X has autonomy to rotate approximately 400 kilometers on a single charge. The delay in launching the vehicle means that all the pre-sale “Signature Edition” units are already sold out, even with their starting price of US$130,000.
One of the aspects that draw attention on Model X is it’s “bioweapon defense mode” button. According to Elon Musk, the company’s CEO, the car has air filters that ensure cleaner air than in a hospital room. Musk says that the button should be especially useful “if there’s ever an apocalyptic scenario of some kind.” All this is possible thanks to the use of a filter system 10 times higher than that found in any conventional vehicle, and depending on the manufacturer, it is 300 times better at filtering bacteria and 800 times better in eliminating viruses.
“We’re trying to be a leader in apocalyptic defense scenarios,” explains Musk. This is not the only feature of the futuristic vehicle, which also has a number of semi-autonomous systems that guarantee a unique driving experience – of course, all this for a price considered high even by the standards of a sports car.
Apparently safety is really the main focus on Tesla’s Model X, since any version of the vehicle guarantees that there are only 6.5% chance to get hurt in an accident at high speed. Much of this is due to the car’s design, which differs from conventional models by not relying on a conventional engine. This allowed the company to strengthen the front and side of the vehicle and invest in a low center of gravity that should prevent the car from rolling over. Other smart solutions adopted by the company are doors that open automatically and a middle row of seats that, of course, also moves around automatically.
Model X will initially be sold in two versions: the 90D, which costs US$132,000 and the P90D, which can be purchased for US$142,000. The main difference between the models is the battery life and acceleration of the engines – aspects such as the proximity sensors and doors that open upward are maintained in both versions.
In case you are interested, and have tons of cash available, you’ll still have to wait for a while to get your hands on a Model X. “We have taken more than 20,000 reservations for Model X. If you order today, you’ll get the car in 8-12 months. Deliveries began today and will continue from here on out, first for our Signature Model X reservation holders, then we’ll move to general production,” a spokesperson told VentureBeat.