Tesla Model X Electric Crossover Priced From $80,000, Deliveries Start In 2016

Tesla Motors is opening up reservations for its Model X SUV to the general public, though if you plan on purchasing one, you'll need to make a $5,000 reservation payment towards a cash price that's no less than $80,000, albeit before incentives. After factoring in various things like the $7,500 federal tax credit and what Tesla estimates you'll save in gas over 5 years ($9,000), you're looking at a $61,000+ electric vehicle.

As with the Model X's predecessor, the Model S, there are three models up for grabs, including the 70D, 90D, and P90D. The number in each model represents the capacity of the battery -- there's a 70 kWh battery in the 70D that, according to EPA estimates, will let you scoot around for 220 miles, and a 90 kWh battery in both the P90D (257 miles) and P90 (250 miles).

Tesla Model X

Top speeds and 0-60 MPH times also vary between the three models, all three of which are peppy vehicles. Here's how they break down:
  • Tesla Model X 70D: 6.0 seconds 0-60 MPH, 140 MPH top speed
  • Tesla Model X 90D: 4.8 seconds 0-60 MPH, 155 MPH top speed
  • Tesla Model X P90D: 3.8 seconds 0-60 MPH, 155 MPH top speed

Both the 90D and P90D add a smart air suspension to the list of features, while the P90D also gets an active spoiler, which Tesla claims will optimize highway efficiency and stability (it's not just bling, in other words).

Tesla Model X Seating

The Model X comes standard with five-way seating, though you six-seat and even seven-seat options are available, the latter of which includes two up front, three in the middle, and two more in the rear.

"Model X comfortably seats seven people in three rows. Every seat is the best seat in the house, but the second row seats are a work of art," Tesla says. "Mounted on a single post and independently reclining, each second row seat is designed to maximize passenger comfort, legroom, under seat storage and access to the third row. The third row seats fold flat when not in use and the second row seats lean forward and out of the way for even more cargo area."

Tesla Model X Falcon Wing Doors

The Model X is a head turner, both inside and out. It's not a car for rolling incognito to your destination, especially when you arrive and lift open the Falcon Wing doors that articulate up and out of the way. That's boss, folks.

Tesla will begin delivering Model X SUVs in 2016. If you're anxious to own one, head to Tesla's reservation page and plop down the requisite five large.