Cars of the future are avail­able now, and these are not only sin­gle con­cepts, but mass-pro­duced mass-pro­duced cars. In the near future, the world will face glob­al changes, where only elec­tric vehi­cles will pre­vail on the roads, and tra­di­tion­al inter­nal com­bus­tion engines will sink into obliv­ion. Dur­ing a con­fer­ence call last week, Tes­la Motors CEO Elon Musk unveiled a new mode for the Mod­el S elec­tric car that will accel­er­ate from 0 to 100 km/h in just 2.8 sec­onds. A new Mod­el X crossover was also announced for release by the end of the year, which will use some com­po­nents from the Mod­el S.

Obvi­ous­ly, the new mode will also be intro­duced for the Mod­el X, allow­ing the elec­tric car to accel­er­ate from zero to a hun­dred in just 3.3 sec­onds. That’s faster than the Porsche 911 Car­rera GTS and just 0.1 sec­onds slow­er than the 911 Tur­bo. Agree, very good per­for­mance, as for a crossover?

Tes­la Mod­el X promis­es to be as fast as if it had wings. In the orig­i­nal con­cept of the new crossover, doors open­ing upwards were intro­duced, and most like­ly they will remain for the pro­duc­tion car. Even though these doors have caused count­less pro­duc­tion delays, the com­pa­ny is deter­mined to keep them in the series.

Upward-open­ing doors come in handy in dif­fi­cult park­ing spaces, as a fair­ly prac­ti­cal solu­tion. The Mod­el X will use a sim­i­lar plat­form to the S ver­sion, with a twin engine, all-wheel dri­ve sys­tem and the same bat­tery. The inte­ri­or design of the Tes­la pro­to­types is also sim­i­lar to the Mod­el S. The crossover comes with a large cen­tral touch­screen that takes the place of almost all ana­log con­trols. The com­pa­ny has pushed back the launch of the Tes­la Mod­el X to late 2015, while stick­ing to the sched­ule as more time was need­ed for final inspec­tion and test­ing.

Engines in the front and rear will be able to pro­pel the all-wheel dri­ve SUV to a top speed of 155 mph. The base mod­el 90D will allow you to dri­ve 257 miles on a sin­gle gas sta­tion (nor­mal). One of the more unique fea­tures of the Mod­el X is the Fal­con Doors. These rear doors dif­fer from the clas­sic Mer­cedes 300 SL and DeLore­an doors where they are cen­ter-hung. The doors of the new Tes­la X auto­mat­i­cal­ly open when the dri­ver approach­es and close when he gets into the car.

The five-door elec­tric crossover will be able to car­ry five pas­sen­gers and a pret­ty decent amount of lug­gage. As an addi­tion­al option, devices for attach­ing bicy­cles and skis are installed. The first batch of Tes­la Mod­el X was pur­chased long before the expect­ed release in the series, and fans of the com­pa­ny have already bought tens of thou­sands of new mod­els in advance. So you will have to wait for your car from sev­er­al months to a year. The first pro­duc­tion mod­els cost about $130,000, but future ver­sions promise to be much cheap­er.

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