Tesla Model X, the electric sports utility vehicle has unofficially landed in India. This is the first Tesla ever to land here and was recently spotted at a Mumbai port. The details of who imported the luxury SUV remains unknown. Also Read - Tesla is on my mind 24/7, says Elon Musk amid concerns over Twitter distractionAlso Read - Hackers can steal your Tesla, smartphones using a simple Bluetooth hack
Tesla Model X is the third electric vehicle from the company and is based on successful Model S platform. The Model X, being a SUV can easily seat 7 people and has a 17-inch touchscreen infotainment system similar to Model S. However, the most striking feature of the automobile is its Falcon Wing doors, which opens with the help of sensors and dynamically adjust itself according to the parking area. Also Read - Elon Musk's Tesla puts India entry plan on hold after deadlock on tariffs
While the reliability of Falcon Wing has been questioned since Model X made its debut, Tesla has pushed out updates to make the doors open and close faster. Tesla offers Model X in three variants – 75D with 75kWh battery and 237 miles range, 100D with 100kWH and 295 miles range and P100D with 289 miles range and ability to clock 0 to 60 in just 2.9 seconds. The model imported into the country is said to be the base 75D variant, reports Team BHP. The Model X is built at company’s factory at Fremont in California.
The Tesla Model X is one of the safest SUV in the world and is also future proof with support for autonomous driving. Tesla with its Autopilot is already ahead of fellow automakers when it comes to letting the on-board computer do the driving on a highway. Elon Musk, the charismatic CEO of Tesla, has confirmed that his company is on the verge of unveiling Level 5 autonomous driving.
Musk is also in talks with the Government of India to start operations here. The government is keen to kick start the transition from gasoline-based automobiles to all-electric vehicles. The company is expected to officially start operations here with the launch of Model 3, the $35,000 electric vehicle that is dubbed by analyst as a game changer for the industry. The Model 3 has a claimed range of around 346 km and might become cheaper with tax exemptions from the government.