The reveal of the Tesla Model X raised some good points when it comes to sharing parts from one of its cars to another, and even though 60 percent of those parts come from the popular Model S there are more than enough differences to cater for a different market.
It makes perfect sense to do this, as it will not only keep costs down but there will not be the issue of reliability issues because they already know more than half of the parts being used for the upcoming CUV are tried and tested. Whiles it’s easy to focus on the positives we shouldn’t forget about the negatives as well, so we need to consider the impact of the weight.
The Model X is around 10 percent heavier than the S and when you consider they will use the same 60 kWh or 85 kWh battery packs the range will be less than the smaller model. Many potential customers will overlook this but it’s still something that needs to be considered before you part with $60,000-$90,000 before tax credits, which is the expected price you will be paying for this latest EV.
So we know most of the Model X will share the same technology as the Model S, but it will be the other 40 percent that will make the newer model very different. The importance of this will be seen the moment you start to look at the other features of the car, such as the seven seats, the different doors and room for extra luggage – again this will have an impact on the overall range of the vehicle.
Having said that while there may be an issue with the range when compared to the Model S where the CUV will excel is in the performance, so it’s easy to tell that Tesla has tried to find the perfect balance with their latest creation.
In a recent article we can see that the entry level Model X will achieve 0-60mph in just 4.4 seconds and will come with rear-wheel or all-wheel drive options.
Upon further investigation into the range of the new Model X it looks as though the entry level 60-kWh battery will be good for 200 to 210 while the more-powerful 85-kWh battery should be good for a range of 260 to 270 miles. Both these figures are far greater than the Nissan Leaf but then again you will only be paying around $28,000, which is at least $32,000 cheaper.
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