The flagship model that introduced the new evolution steps is ready to do it again. The 2021 Tesla Model X is the luxury SUV and the most powerful vehicle you will find in this market. With more than 750 horsepower, it left in the dust the first follower – Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk. But, more startups and projects are going to enter the production very soon, and Tesla will always be ahead of them. At least we can get that from the things we hear about the upcoming Model X.
As Elon Musk said – the priority is on the roadster now when the Cybertruck has already been out. However, that doesn’t mean the rest of the lineup will be forgotten. All contrary – the 2021 Tesla Model X will get new drivetrains. The major downside, the hefty price, is somehow fixed with the arrival of the Model Y. So, the large SUV will remain the more expensive and premium option for all the lovers of pure electric energy.
Several sources unveiled pieces of information about the new SUV. For example, we know the Model X is getting a new drivetrain, or even two. The company will combine FWD and RWD offer. Plus, the thing that made Tesla famous, vertical infotainment screens, will be placed horizontally this time. Well, the carmaker always surprises with some advanced technology, and we can’t wait to see what it will be this time. Level 4 of autonomous drive perhaps?
2021 Tesla Model X Changes
Musk confirmed rumors about the redesign. Besides the new electric motors, the 2021 Tesla Model X will also get a new look. The Twitter profile called “Green” claims they were in possession of confidential files that confirm the “new lumbar”. Whatsoever, there are no details what will Model X looks like in 2021. Also, the profile tweeted about the “new hardware”. Well, this is something we expect from the US carmaker. We can find some ideas on the Cybertruck, but the main change is the direction change for the infotainment display. Tesla became famous for its tablet-style screen. However, Model Y and Model 3. This is not the end of updates since the upcoming SUV prepares a few more surprises.
Autonomous Drive – Level 4 On the Way
Currently, the Model X SUV has the most advanced self-driving system in the market. It is Level 2+. Most rivals are offering some driver-aid packages that could be called an autonomous drive. Still, they need a lot of improvements. Nissan and BMW announced plans of electrification alongside the new self-driving accessories that will take their vehicles to Level 4. Level 3 would be skipped since there is a small difference between it and a higher tier.
The current system will keep you in the lane or park itself. On some freeways, it is needed just to say where the SUV should take you and it can change lanes. The next step will lead to a more autonomous system, where human interference is minimal. Still, a driver needs to be ready to jump in. The difference between Level 4 and Level 5 is in the area these two systems can cover. The last step is an unlimited autonomous drive.
2021 Tesla Model X New Engines
The electric battery for the existing SUV will remain in the lineup. A 100 kWh unit is good for 750+ hp and the range of 328 miles. The exceptional amount of power is going to launch the 2021 Tesla Model X from 0 to 600 in 4.5 seconds. That is not all since the Performance configurations squeeze even more from the electric motor. It makes 0-60 mph in just 2.7 seconds, reaches 163 mph (155 mph on the Long-Range), but also harms the range which drops to 310 miles.
A pair of new units are on the way. We hear the Model X is getting a more powerful motor, but engineers will also work on the range and efficiency. Ludicrous mode is the best you can get from the electric SUV. The Plaid setup will make it even faster. Well, this rumor is quite old now, dating back in 2018. Still, the carmaker didn’t bring any serious update on its flagship model since then.
2021 Tesla Model X Price and Competition
Everyone complained about the price of the Model X and it is the stumbling block for all potential buyers. Still, the SUV finds more than 50,000 new homes in the US every year, despite the MSRP starting at $85,000. The new version could cool off the price, but do not expect a huge discount. The 2021 Tesla Model X will face new competition, with Ford Mach E already presented. Still, the major concern is the Rivian R1S SUV. The startup project drew a lot of attention. Some serious companies decided to invest in their ideas, such as Amazon, and even Ford.