Meet Tesla's $132,000 Electric SUV

Get charged up with this six-figure, battery-powered beast.
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Get charged up with this six-figure, battery-powered beast.
Tesla Model X

The long-anticipated TeslaModel X will finally be unveiled Sept. 29 at the company's Fremont, California factory—and it comes with a 90 kilowatt-hour battery and a $132,000 base price tag.

Available options on the Model X SUV are the same as those on the Model S: "Ludicrous Speed" for $10,000 more, a sub-zero weather package for 1,000, and a towing package for $750, making the cost of a fully-loaded"Signature Series" Model X $144,950. Plus tax, of course.

In its initial configuration, the Model X Signature Series boasts an EPA estimated driving range of 420 miles, a 155 mph top speed and a 0-60 mph acceleration time of 3.8 seconds. It also includes the autopilot feature with self-parking and in-lane steering.

The Model X costs $5,000 more than a comparable Model S sedan "due to greater size and body complexity," explained Tesla CEO Elon Musk in a tweet, his preferred form of communication.

Lower-specification versions of the Model X should mirror the Model-S-plus-$5,000 pricing model of this first edition, so we can anticipate that the cheapest possible Model X will be $76,200 (including shipping) if it is available in the same base configuration as the Model S.

Tesla fans pining for a more affordable Tesla EV will have to wait two more years, Musk tweeted.

That car, the Model 3 (Musk's intention was for it to be called the Model E, so Tesla would have Models S, E, and X, but Ford blocked Model E) will rely on batteries from the company's Nevada Gigafactory, which isn't even open yet.

Tesla will unveil the $35,000 Model 3 in March, 2016 and start taking orders then, even though the car is currently scheduled for production two years from now.

However, Tesla has never met an announced availability date with any of its cars, so consider that when thinking about ordering a Model 3 to replace your current ride.

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