Tesla Model X: 13 Things You Need to Know

Tesla Model X: 13 Things You Need to Know

Tesla calls it “the safest, fastest and most capable sport utility vehicle in history.” Here’s what you really need to know about the new Model X.

13. It has “Bioweapon Defense Mode”

Has the air in L.A. really gotten that bad?

OK, maybe not, but in case you find yourself in the middle of a battlefield, the Model X comes equipped with what is known as a “Bioweapon Defense Mode.”

Tesla claims the car’s massive air filter can protect the occupants from bacteria and airborne gases. In fact, it’s the first car to come with a medical-grade HEPA air filter.

12. It’s got a big warranty

Tesla’s past cars have received rave reviews, though not always when it comes to reliability. To combat that, Tesla is offering an eight-year, “infinite mile” warranty on the battery and drive unit.

11. It’s made in America

Tesla will produce the Model X at its new factory in Fremont, Calif.

10. It’s safe


Billed as a family vehicle, Tesla is serious about promoting the Model X as safe.

To deliver on that promise, Elon Musk says it will get five stars in every crash category. The floor-mounted battery means the chance of a rollover is “almost nonexistent.” And without a gas tank or internal combustion engine, the entire front portion of the vehicle is designed as a crumple zone.

9. It can drive 257 miles on a charge

Standard 90D versions of the Model X will offer 257 miles of range with an MPGe (miles per gallon equivalent) rating of 90 MPGe city, 94 highway and 92 combined. High-performance P90D versions will offer only slightly less at 250 miles of range and MPGe figures of 89/90/89.

8. It has crazy doors


Tesla calls them Falcon Wing doors and they’re certainly unique. Like the classic Mercedes Gullwing doors (because a Falcon is cooler than a Gull) but with a hinge in the middle, this allows them to open upward in tight parking spaces. It’s useful in the same way sliding doors on a minivan are.

Offering second and third row access, Tesla says the doors were designed to allow easy access for parents loading kids into child seats, without anyone bumping their head.

Requiring just 30 cm (roughly a foot) of space to open, each door can also sense objects around it, making sure it doesn’t bump another vehicle or a parking garage ceiling.

7. It has 17 speakers

6. It’s the most aerodynamic SUV ever


With a drag coefficient of 0.24 cd, the Model X boasts the lowest amount of drag of any SUV ever. With an already slippery shape, the model X comes with a self-adjusting spoiler that lowers at highway speeds.

5. It’s big inside


With three rows, there’s room for seven people inside the Model X, though one can also opt for a six-passenger seating configuration.

4. It can tow

Sure, it’s no Cummins-powered Ram HD pickup, but the Model X can still tow. Rated to pull 5,000 lbs, that’s comparable to conventional three-row SUVs and more than any other electric car on the market.

3. It’s stupid fast

The Model X will hit 60 mph in just 3.2 seconds with the Ludicrous Speed Upgrade. That’s faster than any other SUV on the market and a LOT of sports cars. Standard P90D models will go zero to 60 in 3.8 seconds and non-performance P90 models will do it in 4.8 seconds.

SEE ALSO: 5 Surprising Cars the ‘Ludicrous’ Tesla Model S Would Beat in a Drag Race

2. It’s expensive


The very first Model X cars retail for $132,000. These “Founders Series” versions, however, do come with the Ludicrous Speed Mode and Tesla’s autopilot system. Other versions are expected to cost roughly $5,000 more than a comparable Model S.

1. You’ll have to wait a year to get one

If the price didn’t scare you away and a green SUV is at the top of your new car shopping list, you can reserve your own right here. Tesla says new reservations should receive their cars in the second half of 2016.

Discuss this story on our Tesla Forum

  • craigcole

    Oh good, If you want one you still have to wait another year. Will the Model X ever make it to market?

  • Sami Haj-Assaad

    My thoughts exactly

  • Eric Grootveld

    I would love to own one,unfortunately my fixed income of $1000 a month won’t allow it.

  • Musca

    It’s shipping this month. New buyers have to wait a year because they have 35,000+ reservations to fill.

  • Ein Stein

    Tesla has put a great deal of thought into the design. They should sell well.

  • Bill Bugbee

    This car is worth waiting for, and I love the redesigned front end pictured in the story. Too bad the production version of the model X mostly recycles the current model S front end.

  • Zbum

    257 miles ? What a joke….so I can NEVER take a drive to VEGAS for a weekend…..is there an outlet in BAKER ? maybe at the thermometer…..haha….save you money and buy a real car.


  • Mark Wheeler

    My 2016 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid Ultimate has a LIFETIME Battery warranty.
    This Tesla X can’t go the distance !! You need a vehicle to get at least 400 miles or more for it to catch on. I get 608 miles on a hybrid with a 17.5 gallon tank! AND the car costs $36,000.00 loaded.

  • Mark Wheeler

    Those wing doors look cheap and you will NEED THE 8 YEAR WARRANTY ON THEM.

  • Mark Wheeler

    My opinion on Tesla is its another SOLYNDRA. Its sucking on the money from the Feds. When that runs out all will go bone dry and any foolish investor will be caught holding the bag of poo.

  • Zbum

    oh so I can recharge in BAKER ? hey ass kisser…..STFU.

  • mmalc

    Tesla is not taking any money from “the Feds”. And they already repaid their loan.
    The business that is sucking literally billions of dollars a year from the government’s teat is the oil industry. I’ll be glad to hear your condemnation of that obscenity.

  • mmalc

    As demonstrated by the tens of thousands of very happy customers, not everyone has the same perspective.

  • mmalc

    As shown by the tens of thousands of sales, it clearly doesn’t need a 400-mile range to “catch on”.
    I’m sure, though, that we are all very happy that you’re clearly satisfied with your new car.

  • a.c.carter

    Hey Mark, how big is the gas tank on the Tesla???

  • a.c.carter

    I just wish I could afford one of those.

  • Mark Wheeler

    i go 650 miles.

  • a.c.carter

    That is not what I ask you and is NOT a answer to my question. I asked “how big is the gas tank on the Tesla”. Get you a Elio, it will go that far on half the gas.