Trevor Collett | Aug 24, 2016

Tesla’s first SUV, the Model X, has officially launched in Australia.

The all-electric SUV with seven seats, the largest glass panoramic windscreen in production, falcon-wing doors, and more, is described by its maker as “the safest, quickest and most capable sport utility vehicle in history”.

With the battery pack located under the floor for a low centre of gravity, Tesla says the Model X is also one of the most stable SUVs on the market.

The Model X is yet to face safety testing from the Australasian New Car Assessment Program (ANCAP) but Tesla is confident of a strong result.

From launch, the Model X (as per the Model S upgrade) will be available to order in Australia in the new P100D with Ludicrous Mode, or customers can instead opt for 60D, 75D, 90D or P90D models.

Given the Model X’s 2468kg weight, the 0-100km/h sprint in Ludicrous Mode takes an extra 0.4 seconds over the Model S (3.1 seconds) and the maximum range is 542km. Top speed is 250km/h.

All Model Xs come with Tesla’s dual-motor set-up driving all four wheels, and the maximum distance ranges are rated at 489km for the 90D and 467km for the P90D.

Outputs for the Model X’s electric motors sees 193kW/330Nm available from the front and 375kW/600Nm available from the rear.

Besides their unique look, Tesla says the falcon-wing doors serves to provide better access to the rear seats to make the Model X easier for people with children. Up to four ISOFIX child restraint fittings are available.

“Why should the driver ever need to touch the door?” asks Tesla. The Model X features automatic doors that open and close as the driver approaches or exits.

Like the Model S, the X also has two luggage compartments - one each for the front and rear, capable of holding “luggage, strollers and two golf bags”. The tailgate is automatic.

Inside, there’s 2.2 cubic metres of storage, including under-seat storage for the second row and pockets for smart phones. The Model X can tow up to 2275kg.

Safety features include side collision avoidance, parking sensors, blind-spot monitoring, LED headlamps, a HEPA air filtration system (complete with “bioweapon defence mode”) and autonomous emergency braking that works all the way up to highway speeds.

Model X customers are also privy to Tesla’s existing perks. Some of these include free long distance travel using the Supercharging network, over-the-air software updates and improvements along with real-time mapping and traffic information.

Tesla’s entire Model S and Model X ranges are available to order now, including the new P100D variants.

The carmaker says delivery timing will depend on the buyer’s location, and adds that no ‘100’ or ‘100D’ models are to be offered at this stage (in other words, performance and dual-motor P100D models only with Ludicrous Mode if customers want the 100kWh battery pack).

The Model X is backed up an eight-year, unlimited kilometre battery and drivetrain warranty, along with a four-year, 80,000km limited warranty on other components.

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Pricing (excludes on-road costs)


  • 60D - $122,812
  • 75D - $139,842
  • 90D - $163,242
  • P90D - $201,072 (P100D upgrade adds $10,000)
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