The UK pricing has been revealed for the new Tesla all electric, all wheel drive Model X. With the gull wing style rear doors the Model X will start at a cool £71,900 for the base level 75D with no options. This gets you an extravagant looking zero emission SUV with falcon wing rear doors, five seats and a 75kWh battery with a tested range of 237 miles.
The next level is the 90D which will cost £82,400 (303 mile range) and the top P90D model (that includes the ludicrous speed mode and a range of 290 miles) weighs in at £99,800. With the pricing, so too comes of some options, six and seven seats are available at £2,550 and £3,400. There is also a premium upgrade package that includes the Bio-weapon Defence mode and is priced at £3,900.
What is the Bio Weapon Defence Mode on the new Tesla Model X?
So alongside keeping the air clean with zero emissions from the all electric drive, this option on the model X features an air filtration system that improves air quality up to 700 times greater than a normal car. CEO of Tesla motors Elon Musk claimed that the Model X cabin has “air cleanliness levels comparable to a hospital operating room”.
The system features high-efficiency particulate arresting or HEPA for short. To qualify for the HEPA standard used by the US government, the filter must remove (from the air that passes through it) 99.7% of particles that have a size of 0.3μm. To put this into perspective the size of an anthrax spore is around 6μm.
These certified filters are used in operating theatres and aircraft to keep the air as bacteria free as possible. The whole system can be activated from the Bio Weapon Defence switch (yes a real button) inside the car, which will keep any of the airborne horrors from entering the vehicle. So next time you’re stuck behind that smoky old diesel motor in the traffic, just hit the button for some quality air.
0-60mph in 3.2 seconds makes the 762bhp electric P90D model X the world’s fastest SUV to date, to make this clearer the Porsche Cayenne Turbo packs 562bhp and manages 0-60mph in 4.1 seconds. With the figure of 3.2 seconds it is in the same league as the Mclaren F1. This is with the ludicrous mode enabled, how fast is it without? 0-60mph in 3.8 seconds and reaches the same 155mph top speed.
Following the 5 star safety rating, in every category in the US crash tests by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety or IIHS for short, Tesla only expect the same from the Euro Ncap Safety testers this side of the pond soon.
With no heavy engine block to compress the interior of the car there is plenty of space to create strong crumple zones to absorb the impact of a front end collision. The usual modern safety technology is seen on the Model X with automatic emergency braking and a new innovative side collision avoidance system. This clever new piece of technology will automatically steer away from an incoming side impact.
Back in the US however there has already been a safety recall. While the car was undergoing European safety standard tests, a hinge has failed on the mechanism controlling the third row seats. No cars coming over here will be affected but the 2,700 early production models in the US will have the hinge replaced as part of the safety recall.
Once again we see the Tesla trademark 17inch portrait touch screen control interface bringing a minimalistic look to the dashboard alongside voice control and many functions can be mirrored to the drivers instrument cluster to keep the driver's eyes on the road.
The very impressive falcon wing rear doors look like they have been designed for show, but in reality they’re an innovation from Tesla to make it easier to access the third row seats easier. Many rear doors on 7 seat SUV’s are quite small and even with the middle row seat folded down, it can still be a struggle to get in.
Having no engine has other perks like a front storage area under the bonnet, there is enough room to fit a pushchair or a golf bag. Lightweight seats with a subtle frame also add for more storage space under them for hand luggage.