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2018 Tesla Model X Performance – SUV and Drive Range

The electric segment is definitely taking a wave of change as 2018 Tesla Model X is claimed to be the safest, fastest and most capable SUV. This new Model X is also bringing several fascinations both in its exterior and interior.

2018 Tesla Model X - front

Design that Captivates

2018 Tesla Model X is truly a modern marvel as its design cues are exemplary. One of the biggest exterior design highlights is the wing (falcon) doors. Unlike the conventional ones, wing doors open upright and allow easy access to the 2nd and 3rd-row seats. Up front, the LED headlights are styling while being highly functional. The primary grille has a minimal size and an interesting curved shape.

Aerodynamics is another major factor that contributes to this vehicle’s impressive efficiency. The company itself claims that this Model X has 20% lower drag coefficient than any other SUV in the markets.

Inside, the seats have been neatly arranged for a comfortable accommodation of 7 people. Each seat has bottom storage and reclines independently. Model X also offers a large panoramic windshield which optimizes solar tinting for an obstruction-free viewing.

2018 Tesla Model X - performance interior

Safety first

Safety is the first priority in 2018 Tesla Model X as the vehicle itself has been constructed to be safe. The batteries are floor-mounted which lowers the center of gravity to eliminate the risk of rollovers. This floor-mounted battery’s structure also strengthens Model X against side impact intrusions.

In case of a forward collision, the large front truck acts as an impact-absorbing crumple zone as there’s no gasoline engine. A medical grade HEPA filter circulates pollution free air inside the interior cabin.

Other safety technologies in this EV include:

  • Collision Avoidance (with Automatic Emergency Braking)
  • Parking Assist
  • Driver Information

Hybrid Technology – Powertrain

This upcoming 2018 Tesla Model X is using the P90D system which includes a 90 kWh lithium-ion battery pack that is capable of delivering a drive range of 250 km (155 miles). This electric drive range is equivalent to 77 mpg on a combined scale.

As each axle gets an electric motor, this creates a four-wheel drive and the final outputs could stay around 463 HP and 450 lb-ft torque. Meanwhile, several adjustments done with dedicated software application could bring output figures as much as 532 HP and a whopping 713 lb-ft torque.

2018 Tesla Model X - rear

Performances

With such brawny outputs delivered by the hybrid powertrain, 0 to 60 mph sprint is achieved in less than 3.3 seconds. This lightning fast acceleration might even prove to be competitive against Porsche 911 GT3 RS and McLaren 570S (considering it’s an electric SUV).

Price and Availability

To relate with several sources, this 2018 Tesla Model X will cost as much as $50,000 or more. This model is set to arrive during the 1st quarters of 2018.  

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