TESLA GOES ‘BACK TO THE FUTURE’ WITH MODEL X

It doesn’t have a flux capacitor and we’re not sure how quickly it reaches 88 miles per hour, but Tesla’s new Model X does have falcon-wing doors similar to the DeLorean time machine in the 1985 film ‘Back to the Future’.

The X is seriously quick too, going from 0 to 100km/h in 3.4 seconds, dispelling concerns about the pace of electric cars.

The X gets an upgrade to a 100kWh battery and, unlike the previous Model S, is an SUV rather than a sedan. There are four different battery capacities, power ratings and top speeds. The top-range P90D can use its battery power to increase acceleration. The range varies from 467km to 542km, with a top speed of 250km/h.

The X is currently only available in left-hand drive, but Australian models will be available in 2017. The SUV seats up to seven passengers.

The semi-autonomous drive features have not changed much from the Model S. Standard safety features include lane departure, sight collision and blind spot warnings, as well as parking sensors and cruise control.

Optional features include auto lane steering, lane changing, parallel and perpendicular auto parking and adaptive cruise control.

Tesla predicts Model X will sell well in Australia given the thirst for SUVs here.

“I’m no forecaster, but based on industry figures, the luxury SUV market is five times larger than sedans,” said Tesla Australia Marketing and Communications Manager, Heath Walker.

The Model X starts at $111,800 plus on road costs and luxury tax.

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