At its launch event in California today, the automotive and tech giant officially unveiled the Model X, its first SUV - also the first electric vehicle to be classified as such. With an exotic design and numerous advanced technologies, Tesla is looking to carry on the momentum from the success of its smaller sibling, the Model S.
Coming in at a top speed of 155 mph and a 90 kWh battery, Tesla's latest technological wonder can go 250 miles on a single charge and race from 0 to 60 mph in only 3.2 seconds - slightly slower than the Model S but, with the increased towage and those crazy 'falcon doors' (more on that later), an acceptable omission.
This car is not just among the fastest SUVs around, it's also supposed to be the safest (literally). According to Tesla, with a range of advanced technologies like automatic emergency braking, collision avoidance, radar and a sonar system built-in, the car, when released, is expected to receive a five-star rating for safety - which will be another first for a SUV. Musk is not satisfied with just that, though. The company went above and beyond with what it calls a 'bioweapon defense mode', accommodated by a set of HEPA-certified filters that are sure to keep you safe when the zombie apocalypse comes around.
Now, to the feature that will turn most heads: the falcon doors at the back! Supported by a pair of hinges, the back doors on the car can open with only 12 inches of space to spare - not to mention the fact that they make a hell of a sight!
All these perks will come at a cost, however. The car is not yet widely available and requires a reservation, with deliveries for new reservations not expected until well into the next year. A long wait might be a good thing, after all, as the car starts at $132,000 and so might require a year - or more - of saving for you to be able to afford it.