Tesla Model X Overview Updated October 6, 2021

Tesla Model X guide: The first electric SUV

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Tesla Model X

As the first fully electric SUV in Tesla’s fleet… and the world for that matter, the Model X remains a veteran in the US automaker’s EV lineup. While it has dropped a bit in popularity compared to some of the smaller, more affordable Tesla models, the Model X has seen a recent refresh and looks to blaze trails with its all new Plaid powertrain in 2022.

History of the first all-electric SUV

The Model X currently sits as a veteran EV in the Tesla family and is the largest EV currently available. That is, until the Cybertruck inevitable makes its debut.

While the Tesla Model X is technically the third model to arrive, it currently holds strong as Tesla’s second longest-running production model behind the Model S sedan.

The Model X was originally unveiled in 2012 on Tesla’s second-generation platform, with first deliveries planned for 2014. The SUV was then put on the back burner so Tesla could focus on meeting its demand for the Model S first.

The Model X did not end up delivering until fall 2015 due to production delays, particularly on its unique Falcon Wing doors.

Soon thereafter, however, the Model X ranked as one of the top-selling EVs worldwide. Since then, sales have since staggered a bit as Tesla has released two smaller, more affordable EVs in the Model 3 sedan and Model Y CUV.

That being said, the Model X saw a complete refresh in 2021, as well as the introduction of a Plaid powertrain model to arrive in 2022 for new customers. Some longer reservation holders are still hoping they will receive their shiny new Model X EVs before year’s end, but there have been delays.

When will the new Model X EVs deliver to customers?

Most recently, a group of new Model X EVs had been spotted outside of Tesla’s Fremont factory, reigniting some shred of hope that customers might see deliveries soon.

Currently, Tesla has yet to receive its official EPA ranges for the new versions of the Model X. However, the units were spotted in a Fremont lot that Tesla is generally used for shipping to delivery centers. This could in fact mean that approval for Model X deliveries could be sooner rather than later.

For people placing new orders now in the US today, Tesla is currently estimating a delivery timeline of May-June 2022 for both the Model X Long Range and Model X Plaid.

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The recently refreshed Tesla Model X Photo: Tesla

Performance specs

The Tesla Model X is currently available in two versions: a dual motor, all-wheel drive (AWD) Long Range trim, and a new tri motor Plaid powertrain. The both trims offer Tesla’s best 91 cubic feet of cargo space.

The newly refreshed Tesla Model X Long Range offers an estimated range of 360 miles, 11 miles less compared to the pre-refresh version. That being said, the Long Range Model X can still reach a top speed of 149 mph and accelerate from 0-60 mph in 3.8 seconds.

With an upgrade to the 22″ turbine wheels for an extra $5,500, you can garner a higher top speed of 155 mph, at the sacrifice of 10 miles of range (350 mi).

The previously sold Performance trim Model X has been dropped in exchange for a new tri motor Plaid version to match its Model S sibling. The upcoming Plaid Model X can travel an estimated range of 340 miles, reach a top speed of 149 mph, and zoom 0-60 mph in 2.5 seconds.

Once again, if you prioritize speed, the 22″ wheel upgrade can get the Model X Plaid up to 163 mph, again sacrificing of 10 miles of estimated range (330 mi).

Other features

The 2021 refresh of the Tesla Model X provides an all new interior to customers while maintaining its unique Falcon-Wing doors. The Model X has also adapted a glass panoramic roof from the Model Y, offering ultraviolet and infrared protection for passengers.

The Model X is the only Tesla to come with a tow hitch standard, capable of hauling up to 5,000 lbs. The smaller Model Y is also available with a tow hitch, but it requires an additional fee.

Both the Model X and Model Y are the only current Teslas available with seating for up to seven people.

Furthermore, the Model X now comes with other features that debuted on the Model Y such as Tesla’s heat pump and a chrome delete exterior.

In August of 2021, Tesla subtly updated the Model X on its website with new darker wheels.

How much does a Model X weigh?

Compared to the other Tesla models, the Model X weights quite a bit. The Long Range trim currently weighs in at 5,185 lbs., while the upcoming Plaid Model X weighs 5,390 lbs.

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How much does a Tesla Model X cost?

Like all of Tesla’s electric vehicles, prices vary depending on a number of customizable factors. Beyond the model itself, customers must choose a powertrain, interior and exterior, and work through a library of add-ons to configure their ideal Tesla.

To give you the best gauge on pricing for a Model X, we have shared the full spectrum of costs ranging from the cheapest bare-bones model to the fully loaded version.

Note that all prices are relevant at the time of this posting and do not included any taxes, destination fees, or federal tax rebates.

To begin, a dual motor Long Range Model X with white paint and zero added features starts at $94,990.

After adding all available features such as red paint, 22″ Turbine Wheels, cream interior, and Full Self-Driving (FSD) capabilities, the price can climb as high as $121,490.

Note that this top-tier pricing also includes the six-seat interior with captain’s chairs for $6,500. There is also a seven-seat option available for $3,000 less. Five seats come standard on the Model X, pushing the final price to $114,990.

The new Model X Plaid begins at $119,990 and can jump to $146,490 total with the same wheels and six-seat interior. Seven seats will again come in $3,000 less, while the standard five-seat option costs $139,990.

In summary, the most basic Model X costs around $95,000 and can go as high as $146,500 with all the added features.

Sometimes you can snag a Model X deal though, much like Electrek‘s Fred Lambert:

Have Model X prices gone up?

Yes. This began with the 2021 refresh models, which is understandable, but that’s not all.

While Tesla’s prices are known for fluctuating nearly every month, the automaker increased the price of both the Model S and Model X by $5,000 in July 2021.

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Refreshed interior on the Tesla Model X

How long does it take to charge a Model X?

An ever popular question is, How long does it take to charge a Tesla? The answer is not definitive, as a number of factors contribute to how quickly you can get your Model X recharged and back on the road.

It’s vital to have a clear understanding of EV charging standards and how they vary first. Then, you’ll gain a better understanding of the three levels of charging and what sort of charge times to expect.

Charge times may vary based on these factors, but here’s a broad breakdown of charge speeds for a Model X.

  • Level 1 AC (110-120V outlet at home): 20-40 hours
  • AC Level 2 (220-240V – Third party chargers/Tesla chargers/Tesla home charger): 8-12 hours
  • Level 3 DC fast charger (480+ volts – Third party chargers/Tesla Supercharger): 15-25 minutes

The Tesla Supercharger network is the best for speedy charging, especially on a road trip or in a low battery pickle. Due to their massive direct current (DC), however, Superchargers are not recommended for daily use.

Tesla recommends Level 2 charging at home whenever possible.

For more granular facts surrounding Tesla’s Supercharger network, check out our detailed guide.

What is the max Supercharging power available on the Model X?

Tesla’s Superchargers draw massive DC power directly from the grid to ensure your Tesla is charged quickly.

That being said, you’ll want to remember the maximum level of power your Model X can handle while charging, especially on a Tesla Supercharger.

Currently, both trims of Model X have a maximum power of 250 kW, which matches the current max output of Tesla Superchargers. However, Tesla CEO Elon Musk has recently alluded to future Superchargers capable of delivering 300 kW of power.

How much does it cost to charge a Tesla Model X?

Another question that’s even harder to answer is, How much does it cost to charge a Tesla? There are, once again, a number of factors that determine this approximate pricing. This includes everything from the state you live in, to the charging level, and time of use (TOU).

By gathering the average residential energy costs in the US from the Energy Information Administration (EIA), we have calculated an estimated cost to charge at home or at a DC Fast Charger.

Cost to charge your Model X at home

The 100 kWh battery pack on both trims of the Tesla Model X will cost approximately $16.47 to fully charge from 0-100%.

In terms of cost per mile, the Model X Long Range, at an estimated range of 360 miles, will cost about $0.046 per mile and $4.58 per 100 miles of range.

The lower-range Plaid trim and its 340-mile estimated range costs about $0.048 per mile, and $4.48 for 100 miles of range.

Cost to charge on a Tesla Supercharger

Since Superchargers pull DC power directly from the grid, they are much more efficient and can offer much faster speeds, albeit at a higher price.

The 100 kWh battery on both trims of the Model X costs roughly $22.95 to fully charge from 0-100% via DCFC. This number accounts for a 95% battery efficiency as well.

The Long Range Model X comes in at around $0.064 per mile and $6.37 per 100 miles, while the Plaid trim can cost about $0.068 per mile, or $6.75 for 100 miles of range.

Model X FAQ

Is the Model X Tesla’s largest EV?

It is, at least for now. Tesla’s upcoming Cybertruck will be larger, but it’s not scheduled to deliver until 2022.

Can I lease a Model X?

Naturally. However, we recommend doing your research to determine if a lease is right for you. In the long run with EVs like Tesla, you may end up saving more money by buying.
Check out our Tesla lease guide for more information.

How many people can the Model X fit?

Depends how small they are… Kidding! Current variations of either Model X powertrain allow for seating of five, six, or seven passengers depending on seating on add-ons. The five-seat option comes standard on all Model X EVs.

What’s the closest Tesla to a Model X?

While the Model X shares a lot of the same assembly as the other veteran, Model S, it closely resembles the Model Y as a larger, better-performing version. Both offer Falcon-Wing Doors and more cargo space than the sedans. Both also have seating for up to seven and the ability to tow.

Does the Model X qualify for free unlimited Supercharging?

If you purchased a Model X between 2016 and 2020, you or your EV may still qualify for free unlimited supercharging. You can check out more details here, but we also recommend speaking to Tesla directly to confirm.

Tesla Model X Stories November 23

A YouTuber managed to turn a Tesla Model X into a war machine with dual machine guns deploying out of the falcon wing doors.

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Tesla Model X Stories November 15

Tesla has pushed the delivery timeline for new Model S orders all the way to 2023 for the cheapest version. The same is the case for the Model X, as the gap between demand and supply appears to be widening.

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Tesla Model X Stories November 4

New EPA documents reveal the main powertrain upgrades that Tesla applied to the new Model X – higher battery energy density and more powerful motors.

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Tesla Model X Stories October 29

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Tesla Model X Stories October 23

Tesla has increased Model S and Model X prices by another $5,000 as demand is pushing deliveries of new orders deep into next year.

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Tesla Model X Stories October 20

Tesla Model X buyers are left in the dark as deliveries start and some people who have placed an order a year ago still don’t know when they will get their car.

Electrek has learned that Tesla expects more clarity on Model X delivery timelines next month.

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Tesla Model X Stories October 16

It looks like today’s the first day of deliveries for the refreshed Model X at a very small event where a handful of vehicles were delivered to new customers. Let’s take a peek inside!

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Tesla Model X Stories October 13

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Fear not prospective leasee, below is a comprehensive guide outlining what a new Tesla lease entails, and what options to consider before you put the pedal to the floor.

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Tesla Model X Stories October 6

How much is a Tesla? Your guide to Tesla prices

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Tesla Model X Stories October 1

Tesla missed its deadline to deliver the Model X in Q3 2021, but a handful of units of the new electric SUVs were spotted in Fremont factory.

It gives some hope that deliveries might start soon.

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Tesla Model X Stories August 22

Tesla has updated the standard set of wheels available for the Model X to new darker wheels.

But don’t hold your breath to get the electric SUV anytime soon.

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Tesla Model X Stories August 2

When learning more about Tesla and its growing fleet of EVs, consumers new to the market have a lot of the same questions. Inquiries such as How much does a Tesla cost? How long does it take to charge a Tesla? How much does it cost to charge a Tesla? Believe it or not, one of the most frequent questions we receive in addition to those above is, How much does a Tesla weigh?

While this question is more easily answered than others, there are a few factors that play a role in the weight of each Tesla model. Here’s everything you need to know broken down by model.

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Tesla Model X Stories August 1

Of the four electric vehicles currently available in Tesla’s fleet, its Model S and Model X sit as the two longest in production. At a higher price point than Tesla’s two newer models, these veteran EVs offer a combination of the efficiency, performance, and luxury that originally put Tesla on the map. Below is a thorough comparison of Tesla’s Model S sedan vs. its Model X mid-sized SUV.

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Tesla Model X Stories July 19

In its quest to offer an electric vehicle (EV) option to suit everyone on the planet, Tesla has expanded the size and scope of its carbon-conscious repertoire over the past 17 years. Tesla currently manufactures two sport utility options – the mid-sized offensive lineman of the Tesla family, the Model X, and the new(er) crossover kid on the block Model Y. Below is a side-by-side matchup of both Teslas to help you decipher which option may be better for you.

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Tesla Model X Stories July 16

A Tesla Model X was caught in a passing tornado, and it not only survived it, but it also filmed the whole thing on Tesla’s Sentry mode.

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Tesla Model X Stories July 8

Tesla has just released a $5,000 price increase for the base versions (Long Range) of both Model S and Model X electric vehicles.

It comes just as the automaker started delivering the new Model S and hasn’t even started delivering the new Model X.

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Tesla Model X Stories April 27

Tesla plans to resume making over 100,000 Model S and Model X vehicles per year with the new version, basically bringing the flagship vehicle programs to life.

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Tesla Model X Stories April 16

A new Tesla Semi prototype and a new refreshed Model X were spotted on the test track at the Fremont factory in California ahead of the start of production.

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Tesla Model X Stories March 18

A Tesla Model X with over 400,000 miles, making it one of the highest mileage electric cars in the world, has been turned into a piece of art by famed artist Kenny Scharf.

And it’s for a fun project…

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Tesla Model X Stories March 5

Electrek‘s Michelle Lewis spoke with three electric car owners in Texas. They each explained how their EVs helped them get through February’s deep freeze and rolling blackouts.

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Tesla Model X Stories February 2

Tesla announced that it will finally “voluntarily'” recall all Model S and Model X vehicles with touchscreen problems due to the eMMC issue in the media unit after getting pressured by NHTSA to do so.

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Tesla Model X Stories January 28

Electrek has obtained more information about Tesla’s new Model S and Model X and some of the smaller changes that have yet to be announced.

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Tesla Model X Stories January 27

Tesla has unveiled the new refresh Model X electric SUV, along with the new Model S, revealing a new design, different options, and updated pricing.

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Tesla has unveiled for the first time the highly anticipated new Model S refresh with an “entirely new interior” with crazy steering wheel, new powertrain and more.

It also comes with new prices and trims

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Tesla Model X Stories January 26

How to test drive a Tesla during the COVID-19 pandemic

Perhaps you’ve seen Tesla’s recent market cap soar over $850 billion. Maybe you’ve been reading about the long rumored refreshes coming to the Tesla Model S and Model X. It could even be that you’ve seen tons of Model 3 sedans on the road lately, and you want to see what all the hype is about. No matter the reason, there’s plenty of opportunities to test out a Tesla before you commit to buying one. While remedies and vaccines are on the horizon, Tesla’s modified test drive procedures to ensure safety and social distancing are still in effect — here’s how it works.

Tesla Model X Stories January 19

We are just a couple weeks removed from Tesla’s “lit” holiday update (2020.48.26) and now have further improvements to share. This past week, certain Tesla drivers began to report a new software update available for download. While these two updates are mostly bug fixes, there are some 2020.48.35 Tesla release notes to share to keep you informed. Let’s break it all down below.

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Tesla Model X Stories January 15

Tesla has informed employees to liquidate Model S and Model X inventory by the end of the month as a significant refresh now seems likely.

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Tesla Model X Stories December 30, 2020

The possibility of an upcoming Tesla Model S/X refresh is back in the spotlight as a hacker finds a reference to an updated interior with a selfie camera in a software update.

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Tesla Model X Stories December 14, 2020

Tesla 2021: Everything we know about the latest Model 3, Model Y, and more

As 2020 comes to a much-celebrated wrap, the Tesla community is looking toward 2021 with high hopes. As the current golden child of electric vehicle manufacturing, Tesla looks to continue its reign and scale its ever-growing fleet. Below is a compilation of what Tesla’s 2021 models include and what customers can expect when their 2021 EV is delivered to their driveway.

Tesla Model X Stories November 25, 2020

Tesla has issued a new recall with NHTSA for 9,000 Model X SUVs built in 2015 and 2016 over pieces of the body that can detach while driving due to a lack of primer.

The company is not aware of any accidents caused by the defect.

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Tesla Model X Stories October 13, 2020

Tesla is increasing the range of the Model X with the new 2021 version, according to a new Monroney sticker.

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Tesla Model X Stories July 21, 2020

Electrek has discovered a new Tesla secret project called “Palladium,” and it involves some important updates to the Model S and Model X. expand full story

Tesla Model X Stories May 13, 2020

Tesla Model X has become the new official vehicle to transport NASA astronauts on the upcoming SpaceX missions to the International Space Station. expand full story

Tesla Model X Stories May 11, 2020

In the latest installment of our series on the highest-mileage Tesla Model X (and one of the highest mileage EVs in the world), we look into how a Model X with over 400,000 miles racked up $29,000 in repair and maintenance and why that’s good. expand full story

Tesla Model X Stories March 6, 2020

I bought what is most likely the cheapest Tesla Model X ever – excluding salvaged vehicles since this car is still in good working condition. I got Tesla’s flagship electric SUV for just $30,000.

Here’s how it is possible to get a working 2016 Tesla Model X 90D, which was retailing for about $100,000, for just $30,000. expand full story

Tesla Model X Stories March 3, 2020

Tesla has started pushing a new software update boosting the displayed range of the most recent Model S and Model X vehicles after announcing the new “Long Range Plus” version. expand full story

Tesla Model X Stories February 17, 2020

Two Tesla owners in two different Model X vehicles going in two different directions were hit by the same falling tree on the road and claim that Autopilot saved their family’s lives by applying the brakes before they could. expand full story

Tesla Model X Stories February 14, 2020

Tesla has updated their Model S and X offerings with ever-higher range numbers. The cars now have a listed 390- and 351-mile range, up from the previous 373 and 328 miles.

In addition, the Model S Long Range Plus now comes standard with the new 19-inch tempest wheels. The Model X retains the same 20-inch/22-inch wheel selections as before the update.

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Tesla Model X Stories February 13, 2020

A Tesla Model X owner says that his electric SUV saved his life after he veered off the road and the car automatically applied the brakes as he was going down a hill. expand full story

Tesla Model X Stories February 12, 2020

Tesla is issuing a voluntary recall for about 15,000 Model X electric SUVs in order to replace a power steering component that could be an issue. expand full story

Tesla Model X Stories February 2, 2020

Tesla has updated their warranty coverage for Model S and X cars, and it’s a mixed bag for owners. The warranty now explicitly covers battery degradation and capacity loss, guaranteeing that the battery will retain 70% capacity through the warranty period. But Tesla also removed their famous “infinite mile warranty” for battery and drive unit and replaced it with a limit of 150,000 miles — still plenty high for most (but not all) scenarios, but not “infinite.”

More controversially, Tesla explicitly stated that “changes to the performance of the battery due to software updates are NOT covered” under warranty, likely due to a situation last year where some owners saw sudden range drops after an update.

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Tesla Model X Stories December 12, 2019

The result of a new tug-of-war between the Tesla Model X and Ford F-150 Raptor hints at what would happen in a possible rematch with the Tesla Cybertruck prototype. expand full story

Tesla Model X Stories December 4, 2019

Tesla Model X has been named a ‘standout performer’ by Euro NCAP in their latest batch of safety crash tests — getting a near-perfect score for adult occupant protection. expand full story

Tesla Model X Stories October 29, 2019

Tesla has updated Model X with new front seats to improve comfort in its flagship SUV, which also received a small range increase. expand full story

Tesla Model X Stories October 8, 2019

The Norwegian EV association put a Tesla Model X, a Mercedes-Benz EQC and a Audi e-tron through an interesting towing test with identical camper trailers.

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Tesla Model X Stories July 9, 2019

Tesla CEO Elon Musk claims that the automaker is not going to ‘refresh’ the Model S and Model X and only ‘minor ongoing changes’ are coming.

What does he mean by that? expand full story

Tesla Model X Stories June 28, 2019

Jaguar has been targeting Tesla owners with mailer adverts in which the automaker makes a bold comparison between the I-Pace and the Tesla Model X. expand full story

Tesla Model X Stories June 20, 2019

Being a ~$100,000 electric SUV, Tesla’s Model X isn’t a vehicle that you would expect to see off-roading, but an owner was crazy enough to do it in deep mud and came out impressed. expand full story

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