Tesla unveiled the Model X in September 2015 after a few delays. Still, it impressed customers with its new features and astonishing performance.
In 2021, Tesla introduced a facelifted version of the Model X and improved the vehicle in many areas to make the car even more attractive to customers. Thus, the front fascia with horizontally-mounted fog lamps. In addition, the vertical side scoops from the bumper were slimmer. Last but not least, it ditched the chromed trims on the car's exterior.
Inside, the most striking difference was on the dashboard, where the instrument cluster was taller, and the center display was positioned in a landscape position instead of a portrait, as in the 2016 model year. In addition, the automaker replaced the classic, round steering wheel with a yoke. Along with that change, the turn-signal stack was replaced by two buttons on the left spoke of the yoke. Another downturn of the vehicle was the gear selection, which could've been made only by using the center display. Unlike the 2016 model, on the 2022 model, the screen could've been tilted towards the driver or the passenger. But Tesla took care of rear passengers too, and installed a second screen behind the front seats, on the center console's ending, so those seated in the back could've enjoyed watching movies.
For the drivetrain, the automaker ditched the former low-powered motors and provided a 670 hp unit for the base version and a 1020 hp for the top-spec one.
After the successful Model S electric sedan, the Model X came on the market as the first SUV from Tesla Motors. At the time of its launch, it was the quickest SUV on the market.
The electric shock of the electric cars built by Tesla gathered more attention with the electric SUV. It was a true statement for electric mobility. Unlike many other cars on the market, it was built to carry up to seven people inside on medium-long journey in comfort and serenity.
Tesla Model X was the most aerodynamic SUV in the world with a drag coefficient of just 0.25. There were many sports cars that couldn't match that number. Its sharp short front fascia and curved appearance. A small gap under the front lid stretched between the headlights. The front doors were front hinged, like a regular car, while the rear were up-hinged and opened upside, like a seagull wing. As a Star-Wars fan, Elon Musk, the owner of Tesla Motors, named these doors as “Falcon-Doors”, from the “Millenium Falcon” star-ship.
Inside, the Model X offered true seating for up to seven adult passengers. While the fits and finishes were not quite as good as in a premium car, it featured a completely new approach for the driver experience. The instrument panel was a TFT display and the center stack was occupied by a huge, 17” touch-screen display, which integrated all the controls for the climate control, infotainment unit and car settings.
The Model X was powered by two electric motors, one in the front and one in the rear. Initially it was offered with more power and range versions. The towing capacity was huge, in 2018 it towed a Boeing 787-9 for 1000 feet (304.8 m) that weighted 287,000 (130.000 kg).