Tesla Model X First Drive (s) – Videos

SEP 30 2015 BY JAY COLE 15

Tesla Model X First Drive (via The Verge)

Tesla Model X First Drive (via The Verge)

With the Tesla Model X first delivery ceremony just wrapped up not so long ago, the first drive report on the 250 mile, all-electric SUV is already online.

In the above video, the Verge takes the Model X through some preliminary paces.

And in the below video, CNET takes the Model X for a spin at the same time.

Of interest: To watch the whole launch ceremony, as well as read an exhaustive recap of all the features found on the Model X – including the Falcon Wing door operation, self presenting front doors and exhaustive safety and filtration system, check out our recap here.

Tesla Model X Expanded Specs

Tesla Model X Expanded Specs

Full Tesla Press Release on the Model X at launch:

Tesla Architecture

Built electric from the ground up, Model X is designed to be the safest car on the road. Our crash tests indicate that Model X will receive a 5 star safety rating in all categories, the first SUV to ever do so.

Not needing a big gasoline engine under the hood, Model X has a large crumple zone to absorb the energy of a high-speed impact. The battery’s location on the floor gives Model X an extremely low center of gravity, reducing the risk of rollover common in most SUVs. Aluminum pillars reinforced with steel rails protect occupants and the battery while improving roof stiffness.

Active Safety

Model X comes standard with automatic emergency braking and side collision avoidance to prevent accidents from happening in the first place. Tesla makes the only standard AEB system that works at high speed.

Every Model X carries a forward-looking camera, radar, and 360 degree sonar sensors to enable advanced autopilot features. Tesla’s over-the-air software updates regularly improve the sophistication of these features, enabling increasingly capable safety and convenience features like Autosteer and Autopark, and bringing the Model X ever closer to autonomous operation.

Breathe Easy

Model X is the world’s cleanest SUV on the inside, too. The front fascia is designed with a functional duct that pushes air through the first true HEPA filter system available in an automobile allowing medical-grade air to fill the cabin, no matter what is going on outside.

Inside Model X

Model X Falcon Wing doors offer unprecedented convenience, entry, and maneuverability for everyday life. They provide seamless ingress and egress into the second and third row. No longer do parents have to cantilever themselves to avoid hitting their child’s head on the roof as they place them in a car seat.

The double-hinged Falcon Wing doors open up then out, requiring only 30 cm of space on the side of the vehicle. Each door is equipped with capacitive, inductive, and sonar sensors to monitor surroundings and avoid contact with obstacles around the car, making it possible to park in tight spots.

The industry’s first auto presenting door automatically opens and closes as the driver approaches or exits Model X. Why should the driver ever need to touch the door?

Monopost seats move independently, sliding and tilting forward and back. They allow passengers easy access to the third row and give them plenty of foot room when they sit down.


The windshield in Model X stretches up and over the front seat occupants. Second row passengers get a first row vantage point with an expansive view ahead, atop the falcon wing door, and beside them. The windshield’s solar tint transition completes the modern and open feel.


Seventeen precisely positioned speakers bring concern hall like sound inside Model X.


The 17″ center touchscreen seamlessly integrates media, navigation, communications, cabin control and vehicle data into one intuitive interface. Many functions are mirrored on the instrument panel and are voice-activated to focus the driver’s attention on the road.

Whether big or little, there’s a place to store it in Model X. Side pockets, a center console and a blind holster for your iPhone.

Fit everything

Model X provides unprecedented space for passengers and cargo. With three rows of seats, a front and rear trunk, and room under the second row seats, there’s ample room for people, luggage, and big things like surf boards and bikes. For even heavier cargo, Model X is the first electric vehicle with a 5,000 lb. tow capacity.


Agility and Speed

At the heart of the vehicle is Tesla’s proven electric powertrain, accelerating Model X from 0-60 in a staggering 3.2 seconds and hitting a top speed of 155 mph, all while producing zero emissions.

Designed with Tesla’s electric vehicle architecture, Model X’s floor-mounted battery gives the vehicle a low center of gravity and ideal weight distribution for exhilarating performance and superior handling.


At 0.24, Model X has the lowest drag coefficient of any SUV in history.

Model X comes standard with an active spoiler that automatically adjusts to three positions for maximum visibility and efficiency. Under 45 mph, the spoiler is positioned so the driver can see above and below it. At higher speeds the spoiler partially retracts for improved highway efficiency (+1.6%), and optimizes the vehicle’s lift distribution. Model X is the only car with an active spoiler equipped with a center-high-mounted stop lamp (CHMSL).

All-wheel drive

Dual motors digitally and independently control torque to the front and rear wheels to give Model X unparalleled control of traction while increasing performance and efficiency.

Signature Model X comes with a 90 kWh battery providing customers a driving range of 250 miles on a single charge.

By the numbers

Range 250 miles for P90D
Top Speed 155 miles per hour
Zero-60 3.2 seconds for Ludicrous P90D
3.8 seconds for P90D
Quarter Mile 11.7 seconds for Ludicrous P90D
12.2 seconds for P90D
Motor Power 259 hp front, 503 hp rear
Motor Torque 713 lb-ft combined
244 lb-ft/330 Nm front
479 lb-ft/600 Nm rear
US MPGe 89 MPGe for P90D
Weight 5,441 lbs.
Drag Coefficient 0.24

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15 Comments on "Tesla Model X First Drive (s) – Videos"

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Tesla eliminated the vestigial nosecone. 🙂 🙂 🙂

I liked the nose cone on the S and hoped it would stick around on the X. Unfortunately it doesn’t and the X looks kind of bad with nothing to break up the solid slab of color on the nose. I have the same issue with the all black “wide mouth bass” grills a lot of cars are going with now a days though so that may just be me.

I never did like the nose cone. The Model X looks terrific!

.. and first Tesla Model X critic

See Through, is that you ?!

Hey Jay! I think we need more Tesla stories.
Holy Mackerel!

There were a similar number of Volt articles at the beginning of the month when the Gen2 Volt was released. Big news is big news.

How much it will cost to replace that windshield?

And as other mentionned, I want to see the falcon wings work during winter conditions. Sensors will be tripped by the snow & slush?

I’m not slamming down the coolness factor of those features, but they both came at a cost.

As far as the windshield? That’s what insurance is for. The doors on the other hand? The jury is still out on that one. Having lived in winter country I can see potential issues there.

Yes, the windshield will be very expensive to replace.

The sensors are underneath the sheet metal. So they are not affected by exterior elements.

Yes, the sensors are inside the car, but if there’s 6 inches of snow on the roof, will it think there’s no clearance?

Or, for that matter, can the motors of the doors handle the weight of snow or ice on the roof?

You know, here in Canada, we’re in the habit of removing snow from our vehicles before driving them. That includes the ultrasonic sensors that exist in a lot of new cars these days.

It appears that you can not put a child seat in the second-row middle seat. Per the expanded specs above:

“Four LATCH child seat attachments, two in each passenger row.”

I would think that parents, especially those that will use only one child seat, would want to put the child in the middle seat. This would also suck for parents of triplets. Instead of putting three child seats in the second row, you would have to put one child seat in the third row.

Is the third row just for children? When the reviewer sits in the third row, the seat is so low the back of his legs (hamstrings) are a couple of above the seat cushion.

I would have liked to see how much leg/knee room there is with the second row not in the entry position. By the position of the far second-row seat, it looks like the seat back will be pressed against the third-row occupant’s knees, unless the second-row seat is moved all the way forward. I also noticed the lack of knee room when Elon sat in the third-row seat on stage.

I hate the trend of online car videos to spend 96% of their time doing lame pans of the exterior, or in/out of focus exterior shots, rather than actually showing us what the inside of the car looks like!