Base version of Tesla Model X SUV priced at just $81,200

Article by Christian Andrei, on November 26, 2015

A Tesla vehicle is considered one of the hottest commodities in the automotive world. That is why when Tesla announced the arrival of the Model X, many were delighted with the premium electric SUV, but not with its price. After all, the EV maker originally offered the Model X at $132,000 for the Signature Edition.

But just recently, the numbers of those hoping to get their hands on a new Tesla Model X just went up, after all the amount of money needed to own one has just been pegged at $81,200 for a base model. This base model, an all-wheel drive Tesla Model X 70D, is powered by a 70 kWh battery that allows the vehicle to accelerate from zero to 60 mph in just 6.0 seconds, reach a top speed of 140 mph, and travel 220 miles in single charge.

An air suspension is available for an extra $2,500. For $96,700, customers could get their hands on the Tesla Model X 90D that is powered by a 90kWh battery and could sprint from nil to 60 mph in 4.8 seconds and reach a top speed of 155 mph, and could last up to 257 miles without recharging. Just on top of the 90D is the P90D, which features the same battery and accelerates quicker from zero to 60 mph at 3.2 seconds.

Both the P90D and the 90D feature air suspension as standard. All of these variants of the Model X feature a price that will be mitigated by the $7,500 federal tax credit. Tesla expects the Model X electric SUV, following its own set of tests, to receive a 5-star safety rating in all categories.

In fact, Model X features a large crumple zone that could absorb the energy of a high-speed impact, a benefit brought by having no large gasoline engine. Additionally, the battery's location on the floor provides the SUV with a low center of gravity, which means lesser risk of rollover that is typical in most SUVs.

Further enhancing the Model X's safety are aluminum pillars reinforced with steel rails -- protecting occupants and the battery and improving roof stiffness. Not to be taken for granted are the active safety systems that come as standard on the Model X, like automatic emergency braking and side collision avoidance.

As a matter of fact, Tesla's AEB is the only system of its kind that works at high speed. Likewise, all Model X variants come with a forward-looking camera, radar and 360-degree sonar sensors for advanced autopilot features. Other safety and convenience features of the Model X include Autosteer and Autopark.

While the Tesla Model X could be the cleanest SUV in terms of emissions, it could also be inside the cabin. The SUV's front fascia features a functional duct pushing air through a HEPA filter system, thereby allowing only medical-grade air to fill the cabin, even though there is much pollution outside.

Ingress and egress is very easy and convenient for all occupants of the Model X, whether they are in the first, second or third row – thanks to the SUV's Falcon Wing doors. These double-hinged Falcon Wing doors open up then out, and only need around 30 cm of space on the side of the SUV.

They come with capacitive, inductive, and sonar sensors that monitor surroundings, thereby preventing contact with obstacles around the SUV. Likewise, these sensors allow the Model X to park even in tight spots. Perhaps, the most convenient feature of the Model X is its auto presenting door that automatically opens or closes as the driver approaches or exits – even without touching the door.

For further convenience, the SUV comes with monopost seats that move independently, sliding and tilting forward and back – thereby allowing third-row passengers to have easy access and giving them lots of foot room when seated.

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