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The Tesla Model X range now starts with the 75D, priced from £76,500, up from the 60D’s £64,100

The Tesla Model X 60D trim has been dropped from the Model X range, raising the entry-level price of the car by £12,400.

The 75D now kicks off the Model X range, priced from £76,500, while the P100D sits at the other end of the spec list, at £121,800. The 75D has a claimed NEDC range of 259 miles, a top speed of 130mph and a 0-60mph time of 6.0sec. 

By comparison, the entry-level Tesla Model S starts at £55,100 for the ‘60’ model, while the equivalent all-wheel-drive 60D variant is £59,700.

The new starting price puts the Model X above high-end specs of the BMW X5 and Porsche Cayenne, while offering similar performance to sporting SUVs such as the Porsche Cayenne Turbo and AMG-tuned Mercedes GLE

Orders open for Model X electric SUV

The Model X all-electric SUV is now available to order, with first deliveries set for late this year.

A configurator on the manufacturer's website shows the mid-range Model X 90D priced at £85,000 and the P90D at £103,400 - the prices quoted include the government plug-in grant discount of £4500. Tesla's finance deals start from around £640 per month with an £19,220 deposit.

Customers who have already placed an order are expected to receive deliveries late this year, but new orders placed from today have an estimated delivery of spring 2017, according to Tesla.

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The seven-seat SUV features the same unusual ‘Falcon Wing’ doors that were a key part of the prototype Model X unveiled in 2013. These swing upwards to allow entry into the cabin, and require only 30cm of space on either side of the car to open.

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.


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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."

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The Model X is built at Tesla’s California plant, which already makes the Model S. Tesla manufacturing boss Gilbert Passin has previously said the factory is already set up to deal with multiple body styles: “We can build many models on the same line. The Model S is just one ‘top hat’ on a platform that is very modular. All our pressing modules are very adjustable and we’re working on improving that flexibility even further and making it faster at the moment.

“This plant is all about high flexibility at a low cost. We can handle different designs effectively and quickly.”

Batteries for the Model X will eventually be supplied by Tesla’s own Gigafactory, which is due to open in 2017. The new factory is designed to drive down costs for electric vehicle manufacturing by introducing economies of scale - with reports suggesting overall costs could eventually be cut by up to 30%.

The Gigafactory will help Tesla as it strives to reach targets of producing 500,000 vehicles per year by the end of 2020. Speaking to Bloomberg, Musk said the Model X would double the company’s current sales volume.

The Tesla range will gain another variant, the BMW 3 Series-rivalling Model 3, in mid-2017.

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275not599 10 October 2016

For the umpteenth time, the

For the umpteenth time, the Model X 100D does not offer similar performance to the Cayenne Turbo et al. Drive flat out for any distance and it will switch to conservation mode, as has been demonstrated in magazine tests. It's fair to say that you don't drive like that anyway, but let's also be fair in our performance comparison. In optimum conditions with 95% battery charge it will out drag them once, then fade. 20 miles into a journey, and you need to pass a lorry with a full load of passengers, my money is on the Porsche. But as a family hold all it's pretty good, has all the advantages you expect, expensive but probably very good residuals, though I haven't seen data yet on the other Tesla models. I have seen a Model X and it did look blimpy. The second row of seats doesn't fold and the rear doors are silly; they take 5 seconds to open and 6 to close, assuming the sensors don't stop them because the wind swished your coat etc.
xxxx 10 October 2016

umpteenth time

275not599 wrote:

For the umpteenth time, ........ In optimum conditions with 95% battery charge it will out drag them once, then fade. 20 miles into a journey, and you need to pass a lorry with a full load of passengers, my money is on the Porsche. .....

"In optimum conditions with 95% of battery power, do it once", "20 miles into a journey with a full load of passengers"??? what happens after 20 miles? what are you on about? you know nothing about Electric propulsion.

Walking 10 October 2016

The real threat is yet to come.

Both annoying and interesting to see all the comments back to 2012. Elon Musk has already won, he wants to change the world. He can already tick that one off. I don't agree the big car manufacturers will be wiped out by Tesla. I just don't think Tesla can ramp up production quick enough before others get competitive products to market. GM Bolt EV is a potential game changer. The real threat is yet to come it isn't EV it is autonomous vehicles. The whole business model is then up for grabs.
5wheels 10 October 2016

get used to it

This car and its very far sighted company direct/CEO is going to have everyone in its sights. in 15 years or less BMW/Audi/Jaguar/Merc will have been playing a seriously bad catchup game and will have hemorrhaged so much cash and slumped 75% in sales volume that they will be a rarity. Tesla is (good or bad) the only game in town until Apple gets itself together which might turn out to be a Samsung Note 7 and just burn your ass Clever way of getting a price hike and production sorted, this guy runs a bright ship....I said SHIP