2015 Tesla Model X SUV - specs, pictures and release date

Seven-seat all-electric SUV will go on sale in the UK later this year

The all-electric Tesla Model X SUV will go on sale in the UK towards the end of this year, becoming a rival for the likes of the Range Rover Sport Hybrid and upcoming BMW X5 eDrive.

What is it?

The Model X is Tesla's first SUV model, and comes with seven seats as standard. It also features gullwing-style doors, which open upwards and outwards from the car's body, and are designed to allow owners to reach into the car while standing up.

Thanks to its all-electric powertrain, the Model X also comes with two storage spaces, with a smaller boot featuring at the front as well as a conventional boot at the rear.

What engines can I choose from?

The Model X will be powered by a combination of two electric motors, and will offer all-wheel drive. The SUV will be capable of reaching 60mph in 3.3 seconds, faster than a Porsche 911, and should offer an electric range of around 300 miles.

Drivers will be able to select from a number of different driving modes, including a 'Ludicrous Mode', which offers enhanced acceleration.

How much equipment does it come with?

Inside, the Model X will feature the same large central infotainment screen which already features on the Model S. The touchscreen system controls almost all infotainment functions, meaning the rest of the cabin is relatively button free. The options list will also include a panoramic sunroof.

How much will it cost?

Prices for the Tesla Model X have yet to be revealed, but the company has already said that in North America, the car will be priced close to the existing Model S. That means a starting price of around £50,000 is likely, with top-level models costing around £90,000.

How good are its rivals?

Rivals for the Tesla Model X include luxury hybrid SUVs like the Range Rover Sport Hybrid and BMW X5 eDrive. Both offer luxurious cabins and relatively low running costs.

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