Last Thursday Tesla revealed it’s Model X during a private discussion by its CEO Elon Musk to a select group of journalists in the Silicon Valley.

Tesla’s Model X vows to be the greenest way to tote seven passengers over hill and dale. There are two models for now: the P90D Signature and the sportier P90D Founder. A 259-hp electric motor powers the front wheels; a 503-hp rear-mounted motor powers the rear for all-wheel drive. The P90D has a 250-mile range and can hit 60 mph in 3.8 seconds, with a top speed of 155 mph. The Model X inherits the high-tech cabin from the Model S and, amazingly, the “falcon wing” doors from the concept.

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The 2016 Tesla Model X is a midsize crossover that utilizes many of the same components as Tesla’s successful Model S sedan but packages it in a more family-friendly body style.

Pros

Enough range for daily use; promises top safety scores; six- and seven-passenger configurations; unique rear door should ease getting in and out of the second and third row of seats; capable of towing up to 5,000 pounds.

Cons

Unknown long-term reliability; vertical-opening rear doors compromise cargo utility; out of the price range of most crossover buyers.

The price tag is $143,000.

Text and Photo Credit: Car and Driver and Edmunds.com

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