When Tesla Motors first unveiled the Model X crossover, many were quick to bemoan its six-figure price tag. Of course, the only model unveiled at first was the range-topping variant with its 90-kilowatt-hour battery. Now that Tesla's finally opened up the order books to the general public, it's also showing off the entry-level model that isn't much more expensive than the base Model S sedan.
Naturally, the $80,000 (directly converted, about £53,112 or AU$110,650) Model X 70D doesn't contain all the trimmings of its more expensive brethren. Its 70-kWh battery has a range of just 220 miles, and the 0-60 time is a respectable 6.0 seconds. All-wheel drive is standard, though, which should be a boon for buyers in wintry climes. You don't get the same air-suspension system on higher trims, but checking off a $2,500 option box can fix that.
The other two trim levels available are the 90D and P90D. Both carry a 90-kWh battery pack, good for about 250 miles of range. The 90D drops the 0-60 time to 4.8 seconds, and the P90D sends that number even lower, to 3.8 seconds. Opt for the Ludicrous Speed function, and that time drops to an astounding 3.2 seconds. That's supercar territory, from an electric crossover.
If you still haven't spent enough money by this point, don't worry, there are plenty of options to choose from. If you want more than the standard five seats, that'll cost you either $3,000 for six seats or $4,000 for seven. Enabling the brand's semi-autonomous Autopilot system will run you $2,500, and if you want to tow things, there's a $750 package with your name on it. A premium sound system costs $2,500, and a premium package adds a whole host of luxury trimmings for $4,500. Suffice it to say, you can pay an awful lot for this car when all is said and done.
But it's still going to take a while to arrive. Tesla is just taking orders for the time being, as it has a fairly long queue to sort through. P90D models will be the first to leave the factory in early 2016, followed by the 90D and 70D models, which arrive later that year.
The Model X configurator is not yet viewable by the general public, but Tesla spokeswoman Alexis Georgeson says it will be more widely available in the coming months.