2016 Tesla Model X is officially the most capable SUV in history

Article by Christian Andrei, on October 1, 2015

Tesla didn’t hold back anything when it built the Model X. There is no sport utility vehicle that is safer, faster, and more capable throughout history. It comes with all-wheel drive as standard and it is powered by a 90 kWh battery that allows the car to be driven 250 miles on a single charge.

As many as seven grown-ups can be accommodated in the Model X. It also has enough storage space to fit all of their gear. Tesla made no compromises when it engineered the Model X. It is incredibly fast, taking only 3.2 seconds to accelerate from a standstill to 60 mph.

Tesla claims that safety was its top priority and it is certainly evident in each part of Model X. You never have to worry about a rollover since the risk has been cut down to nearly zero with the battery mounted on the floor, lowering the center of gravity.

The occupants are protected from side impact intrusions by the battery structure. Since it doesn’t have a gasoline engine, the massive front trunk can absorb very strong impacts. Collisions are easily avoided since the driver receives real-time feedback generated by a continuous scan on the surrounding roadway with camera, radar as well as sonar systems.

When an emergency is detected, brakes will be automatically activated even at highway speeds. If you’re looking for the safest car on the road, search no further. You’ve found it in the Tesla Model X.

Designed with an electric architecture from the ground up, the Tesla X is the first SUV to ever be able to get 5 star safety rating in all categories, according to the automaker’s comprehensive crash tests.

Because the Model X has no need for a gasoline engine under its hood, it has a big crumple zone that can absorb the force of impact even during high speeds. SUVs are known to have a rollover risk. But since the Model X’s battery is located on the floor, it has a very low center of gravity, making a rollover virtually impossible.

Passengers and the battery alike are protected by aluminum pillars reinforced with steel rails. These also make the roof much stiffer. Accidents are prevented by the Model X’s automatic emergency braking and side collision features that come as standard.

No other auto company offers a standard AEB system that works at high speed. All Model X units are capable of advanced autopilot moves with their radar, forward-looking camera, and 360 degree sonar sensors.

Updates on the Tesla Model X are regularly done over the air so its features are always at the top of its game, bringing it nearer to being operated autonomously and having increasingly more advanced safety and convenience systems such as Autopark and Autosteer.

0-60 mph
3.2 seconds for Ludicrous P90D, 3.8 seconds for P90D
259 hp front, 503 hp rear / 713 lb-ft combined 244 lb-ft/330 Nm front 479 lb-ft/600 Nm rear
Top speed
Tesla Model X offers a top speed of 155 mph or 250 km/h
Electric range
90 kWh battery providing 250 miles of range for P90D
Exterior Design

The Model X is the most impressive among all SUVs when it comes to aerodynamics with its 0.24 drag coefficient – in fact, no SUV has ever scored lower.

An active spoiler is standard on the Model X. It immediately adjusts to three positions to achieve maximum visibility and efficiency.

At slower speeds of under 45 mph, the spoiler is positioned so the driver can still see above and below it. But at higher speeds, the spoiler is partially retracted to boost highway efficiency by 1.6% as well as optimize its lift distribution. Model X is actually the only car that comes with an active spoiler that features a center-high-mounted stop lamp (CHMSL).

No matter how cramped the parking space is, access to the second to third row seats is easy because of its Falcon Wing doors. When parked closely beside another car, traditional doors can’t fully open while minivan style sliding doors open halfway at most. With just a one-foot clearance, Falcon Wing doors can be quickly and smoothly moved up and out of the way, permitting entry from both front and rear directions.

Parents will appreciate its huge side and overhead opening because they’re able to buckle kids in without having to duck and risk bumping their kid's head on the roof.

It is also the cleanest SUV with a front fascia designed to have a functional duct that pushes air through the first true HEPA filter system offered in an automobile permitting medical-grade air to fill the cabin, regardless of the situation outside.


Interior Design

Even its seats are the best. Its three-row design can accommodate seven people. While all the seats are superior, the second row has seats that would make you weep. They’re mounted on a single impact absorbing post and are all capable of individually reclining.

Tesla ensured that it offers the optimum comfort, under-seat storage, and legroom. They’re also designed so that the third row of seats is easily accessible. When not in use, the third row seats can be folded flat. Its double-hinged Falcon Wing doors provide a level of convenience and maneuverability unseen in other vehicles.

Getting in and out of the second and third row seats has never been easier. Parents don’t have to get into awkward positions as they try to avoid bumping their kid’s head on the roof when he or she is being secured in a car seat. The doors open up and out, needing just 30 cm of space on the side.

Tight parking spaces won’t be an issue as every door has capacitive, inductive, and sonar sensors that check out the surroundings and make the car avoid contact with any obstacles. You never have to touch the door since this door automatically opens or closes as the driver approaches or gets out of the Model X. This makes it the first vehicle ever to have this feature.

Passengers will love its independently-moving monopost seats that slide and tilt forward and back. They’re able to easily get to the third row and they’re given a lot of foot room as they’re seated. Moreover, passengers get the most of a modern and open feel as its windshield goes up and extends over those in the front seat.

Meanwhile, the second row passengers get a premiere vantage point with a sprawling view ahead, above the falcon wing door, and beside them. Its windshield also comes with a solar tint transition that adds to the sophisticated ambiance. Tesla knows how important sound is to its customers and has installed 17 speakers, positioned perfected to provide sound similar to that of a concert hall.

There’s only one interface that gives you all the information from media, navigation, communications, cabin control and vehicle data. All of these functions are integrated in the 17″ center touchscreen. Many of these capabilities are mirrored on the instrument panel and can be voice-activated so that the driver stays focused on the road.

Storage on the Model X was well thought of. For the small items, it has side pockets, a center console, as well as a blind holster for the iPhone. Likewise, the Model X can fit in big cargo with its three rows, a front and rear trunk, and space under the second row seats. It can hold luggage and even bigger objects like bikes and surf boards. 

How concerned are you about the air you breathe? Tesla worries about it too. Before air is allowed in to be circulated, it is stripped of pollen, viruses, bacteria, and pollution by a medical grade HEPA filter.

Three modes are available: circulate with the air outside, re-circulate air that is already inside, and a bioweapon defense mode that builds positive pressure in the cabin to protect the driver and passengers.


Its performance is exceptional beyond belief and best of all, it has zero emissions. With Tesla’s electric powertrain, the Model X can accelerate from zero to 60mph in a shocking 3.2 seconds and it can hit a maximum speed of 155mph.

You also don’t have to worry if you have heavy cargo since the Model X is the first electric vehicle that boasts a 5,000 lb. tow capacity.

The Model X is offered with all-wheel drive and is equipped with dual motors that digitally and independently control torque to the front and rear wheel.

These improve efficiency and performance while giving it optimal control of traction. A 90 kWh battery gives the Model X a range of 250 miles on one charge.

Here’s a quick glance of the Model X’s astounding performance and efficiency figures: A 250-mile range for P90D; A 155mph top speed; Acceleration from 0-60 is reached in 3.2 seconds for Ludicrous P90D, 3.8 seconds for P90D; A quarter mile is reached in only 11.7 seconds for Ludicrous P90D, 12.2 seconds for P90D; Motor Power 259 hp front, 503 hp rear; Motor Torque 713 lb-ft combined 244 lb-ft/330 Nm front 479 lb-ft/600 Nm rear; US MPGe 89 MPGe for P90D; Weight of only 5,441 lbs. Drag Coefficient of 0.24.

Press Release

Tesla Model X

Active Safety

Model X comes standard with automatic emergency braking and side collision avoidance to prevent accidents from happening in the first place. Tesla makes the only standard AEB system that works at high speed.

Every Model X carries a forward-looking camera, radar, and 360 degree sonar sensors to enable advanced autopilot features. Tesla's over-the-air software updates regularly improve the sophistication of these features, enabling increasingly capable safety and convenience features like Autosteer and Autopark, and bringing the Model X ever closer to autonomous operation.

Breathe Easy

Model X is the world's cleanest SUV on the inside, too. The front fascia is designed with a functional duct that pushes air through the first true HEPA filter system available in an automobile allowing medical-grade air to fill the cabin, no matter what is going on outside.

Inside Model X

Model X Falcon Wing doors offer unprecedented convenience, entry, and maneuverability for everyday life. They provide seamless ingress and egress into the second and third row. No longer do parents have to cantilever themselves to avoid hitting their child's head on the roof as they place them in a car seat.

The double-hinged Falcon Wing doors open up then out, requiring only 30 cm of space on the side of the vehicle. Each door is equipped with capacitive, inductive, and sonar sensors to monitor surroundings and avoid contact with obstacles around the car, making it possible to park in tight spots.

The industry's first auto presenting door automatically opens and closes as the driver approaches or exits Model X. Why should the driver ever need to touch the door?

Monopost seats move independently, sliding and tilting forward and back. They allow passengers easy access to the third row and give them plenty of foot room when they sit down.


The windshield in Model X stretches up and over the front seat occupants. Second row passengers get a first row vantage point with an expansive view ahead, atop the falcon wing door, and beside them. The windshield's solar tint transition completes the modern and open feel.


Seventeen precisely positioned speakers bring concern hall like sound inside Model X.


The 17" center touchscreen seamlessly integrates media, navigation, communications, cabin control and vehicle data into one intuitive interface. Many functions are mirrored on the instrument panel and are voice-activated to focus the driver's attention on the road.

Whether big or little, there's a place to store it in Model X. Side pockets, a center console and a blind holster for your iPhone.

Fit everything

Model X provides unprecedented space for passengers and cargo. With three rows of seats, a front and rear trunk, and room under the second row seats, there's ample room for people, luggage, and big things like surf boards and bikes. For even heavier cargo, Model X is the first electric vehicle with a 5,000 lb. tow capacity.


Agility and Speed

At the heart of the vehicle is Tesla's proven electric powertrain, accelerating Model X from 0-60 in a staggering 3.2 seconds and hitting a top speed of 155 mph, all while producing zero emissions.

Designed with Tesla's electric vehicle architecture, Model X's floor-mounted battery gives the vehicle a low center of gravity and ideal weight distribution for exhilarating performance and superior handling.


At 0.24, Model X has the lowest drag coefficient of any SUV in history.

Model X comes standard with an active spoiler that automatically adjusts to three positions for maximum visibility and efficiency. Under 45 mph, the spoiler is positioned so the driver can see above and below it. At higher speeds the spoiler partially retracts for improved highway efficiency (+1.6%), and optimizes the vehicle's lift distribution. Model X is the only car with an active spoiler equipped with a center-high-mounted stop lamp (CHMSL).

All-wheel drive

Dual motors digitally and independently control torque to the front and rear wheels to give Model X unparalleled control of traction while increasing performance and efficiency.

Signature Model X comes with a 90 kWh battery providing customers a driving range of 250 miles on a single charge.

By the numbers

Range 250 miles for P90D
Top Speed 155 miles per hour
Zero-60 3.2 seconds for Ludicrous P90D
3.8 seconds for P90D
Quarter Mile 11.7 seconds for Ludicrous P90D
12.2 seconds for P90D
Motor Power 259 hp front, 503 hp rear
Motor Torque 713 lb-ft combined
244 lb-ft/330 Nm front
479 lb-ft/600 Nm rear
US MPGe 89 MPGe for P90D
Weight 5,441 lbs.
Drag Coefficient 0.24

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