Tesla Model X 60 kWh, 85 kWh and 85 kWh Performance Officially Confirmed

When all eyes were focused on the 2015 Detroit Auto Show, the Musk man got serious about the long-awaited Model X, coming clean with what's in store for us. The Palo Alto-based automaker's website was updated and good golly, there's some new intel available on the powertrains that will animate all four wheels of the all-new and all-electric crossover.
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Without further beating around the bush and just as we expected after we saw the white Model X concept at the Consumer Electronics Show, the jacked-up brother of the Model S will be available in three main formats: an entry-level 60 kWh variant, the mid-range 85 kWh and the 85 kWh Performance for pedal-to-the-metal action in the sub 4-second range.

All-wheel drive through the dual-motor setup are standard features for all three, as are the Falcon Wing Doors, inspired by grandpa Mercedes-Benz 300 SL Gullwing. Although Tesla highlights that the "Model X is designed from the ground up", we beg to differ after finding out the capacities of the batteries on offer. Furthermore, don't expect any big differences over the D-ified Model S in combined output and range.

With seating for seven occupants and the "uncompromised performance of an electric car," the $90,000-plus (€76,080+) Tesla Model X will boast with an output in between 376 horsepower and 362 lb-ft (490 Nm) for the 60 kWh and 691 horsepower and 685 lb-ft (931 Nm) of twist for the 85 kWh Performance.

In terms of range on a full charge, the Tesla Model X 60 kWh will be able to manage around 225 miles (362 km), while the mid-range 85 kWh (not the 85 kWh Performance) will manage 295 miles (474 km). Lastly, if you place an order on a 2016 Tesla Model X, the "delivery estimate for new reservations is early 2016."
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