We received an unexpected surprise today with the circulation of the first photos of the production Tesla Model X via the brand’s private configurator for Signature reservation holders.
Tesla has two levels of reservation for the new Model X, one for the regular model that requires a $5,000 deposit and another one with a much heftier $40,000 deposit for the limited Signature series.
The Model X seen in the screenshots and pictures is the top-of-the line “Signature Series” that starts from $132,000, not including a $7,500 Federal tax credit. It comes with a 90kWh battery pack and a boatload of standard features such as the Autopilot self-parking system, ventilated leather seats with heating and cooling, two flat-folding third row seats for adults, and “independently operable, 3-adult second row seats”.
The Signature series will also get Falcon Wing rear doors with “built in sensors” to prevent users from hitting them into garage ceilings of “any height”.
According to the spec sheet, the standard Model X Signature model will have an estimated driving range of 240 miles (386 km), with the 259hp front and 503hp rear electric motors offering a 0-60mph time of 3.8 sec and a top speed of 155mph (250km/h).
There are three options listed on Tesla’s configurator, including a Subzero Weather Package for $1,000, a Tow Package for $750, and of course, the most interesting of all, the “Ludicrous Speed Upgrade” that cuts the 0-60mph (96km/h) time by 0.6 sec to 3.2 sec and the quarter mile to 11.7 seconds – that’s a mere 0.5 seconds more than the 707hp Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat…for a 7-seater family car…
From these rear-quarter views, the production Model X looks just like the last prototype displayed at the Detroit Auto Show in 2013, but we’ll have to wait for more pictures to see if the front and the dashboard designs remain unchanged.
It shouldn’t be long before Tesla comes out with full details on the entire Model X range.