When Tesla released the Model S a few years back, there was such an overwhelming positive feedback that the marquee is bound to produce another vehicle for a different segment, skip to 2015 and Tesla gives us the 2016 Tesla Model X P90D crossover based on the Model S. The Model X is somewhat of a taller Model S as most bits including the chassis is derived from the luxury EV sedan.
The 2016 Tesla Model X P90D Packs More Punch
On the outside of the 2016 Tesla Model X P90D, Tesla did away with the faux grill and further optimized the drag coefficient of the body design resulting in numbers that are very excellent for a sedan let alone a luxury crossover. Lights are all LED and the whole exterior just screams high tech up until you open the falcon wings which will make you think that it’s futuristic. On the rear there is an active spoiler which raises up when the Model X is powered up and adjusts the angle accordingly to help with down force and drag reduction. Under the hood is yet again another trunk as the dual motor setup is installed in between the front and rear axles. The motors are direct drive and are rated at 259hp front, and 503hp rear for a combined horsepower of 762hp.
On the inside, you find that most of the interior is based on the Model S with a few distinctions. The gauge cluster screen and the portrait mounted LCD touch screen on the dash are still present. Seats are all electric and fully adjustable. The front windshield curves all the way up to back of the head front passenger so even looking up you are presented with a panoramic view of the sky. The rear seat doors are called the falcon wings as it opens like that of the futuristic DeLorean DMC-12 but with extra hinges and sensors to adjust the swing according to clearance.
Driving the 2016 Model X P90D is much like a tall sedan as the battery pack makes up most of the weight of the vehicle and is mounted low and centered, the crossover is planted solidly on corners and curves giving you peace of mind once you punch the throttle and let all 762 horses out.
Everything is fine and dandy with the model X, it looks futuristic, it’s as practical as any crossover perhaps even more and the 762 horses and AWD provide a very exciting drive. Perhaps the only bad thing about this is that the car is placed in luxury territory, which means that not anyone can easily get it.
The 2016 Tesla Model X P90D is not a step up from the Model S aside from power but rather it’s a choice for you to either pick a luxury sedan or luxury crossover depending on what you need either way both vehicles are stupendously excellent.