Sonar sensors are fitted to each door - and the car’s roof - to monitor surroundings and adjust how far the doors open. The driver’s door automatically opens and closes when the driver is detected.
Power for the SUV comes from the same dual-electric motor setup as the Model S P85D. In the performance-oriented P90D the front motor has 259bhp, and the rear adds an extra 503bhp, but the electrical system provides a combined output of 'only' 464bhp (increased to 532bhp with the Ludicrous Speed upgrade) and 612b ft of torque.
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Tesla says the all-wheel-drive Model X P90D with Ludicrous Speed is capable of sprinting to 60mph in 3.2sec (3.8sec without the upgrade) and has a top speed of 155mph. The floor-mounted battery pack is said to give the Model X a low centre of gravity and 'ideal weight distribution for exhilarating performance and superior handling'. The Model X has a drag coefficient of 0.24, which Tesla says is the lowest of any SUV in history, and weighs 2468kg - making it heavier than both the Range Rover Sport hybrid and BMW’s X5 eDrive.
The 75D has a range of 259 miles and manages the 0-60mph sprint in 6.0sec, while the range-topping P90D is capable of travelling up to a claimed 290 miles on a single charge.
The 90D version, meanwhile, has a range of around 303 miles and reaches 60mph in 4.8sec. Its motors each offer 259bhp.
An active spoiler features at the rear of the car on the P90D model, and automatically adjusts to three positions depending on speed. At low speeds, the spoiler is lowered for better visibility, while at higher speeds it retracts for improved efficiency.
The Model X’s cabin is based on that of the Model S, and includes the large 17in touchscreen infotainment system which has become a hallmark of Tesla’s cars. The front fascia includes an integrated HEPA filter system, which is said to provide “medical-grade air to the cabin, no matter what is going on outside”.
While Tesla hasn’t specified how much luggage space is inside the Model X, the manufacturer has said the car is “the first electric vehicle” to offer a towing capacity of 2268kg.
Standard safety features on the Model X include autonomous emergency braking and a side collision detection system, as well as a forward-facing camera, radar and sonar sensors.
Tesla says its wireless updates will continually improve the Model X’s safety functions, including its steering and parking assistance systems. The company says these updates will bring “the Model X ever closer to autonomous operation”.
Tesla says it expects the Model X to receive full five-star safety ratings from global test agencies - including Europe’s NCAP.
The company says that because the space under the bonnet isn’t used to house a large engine, it’s instead used as a large crumple zone to absorb the energy of an impact. The car’s battery pack and occupants are protected by the use of aluminium pillars, which also improve stiffness.
At an event where the first production Model Xs were handed over to owners in California, Tesla boss Elon Musk said: “It’s important to show that any type of car can go electric. We showed a sports car can go electric, we’ve showed it with a sedan and now we’re going to show that we can do it with an SUV. It's important that we move to a sustainable world sooner rather than later."