Published: September 30, 2015 | California, United States
Telsa Motors delivered the first of its long-awaited Model X electric sports-utility vehicles. The launch of the Model X represents a milestone for the loss-making Silicon Valley automaker during a period of high spending and modest growth, because it can now boast a second model in production beyond its Model S sedan, launched in 2012.
The Model X, like the Model S, will be continuously improved, Tesla said, due to software transmitted “over the air”. A highly anticipated update expected within the next month will allow for an auto-pilot function, in which cars can be driven hands-free on freeways.
Model X continually scans the surrounding roadway with camera, radar and sonar systems, providing the driver with real-time feedback to avoid collisions. Even at highway speeds, Model X will automatically apply brakes in an emergency. While details of the enormous 17-inch touchscreen infotainment system remain limited, the new Tesla includes the following features:
- Maps and navigation with real time traffic updates
- Free long distance travel on Tesla’s expanding Supercharger network
- 8 year, infinite mile battery and drive unit warranty
- Automatic keyless entry
- GPS enabled Homelink
- Parking sensors, blind spot and side collision warnings
- Automatic emergency braking
The buzz surrounding Tesla’s Model S sedan – whose P85D variant won a top score of 100 from Consumer Reports magazine in August – has managed to preempt high-end German rivals such as Volkswagen’s Audi and Porsche, BMW and Daimler’s Mercedes-Benz. The company has not disclosed pricing for the base model, but the company said that in the future, there would be a “lower-cost” Model X.
Source: CNBC, Tesla