New Tesla Model X spied, could go on sale in October

The Tesla Model X that debuted in January 2021 is facing a delay, and deliveries are yet to commence. Road-testing of the new model continues in the U.S., Twitter user Wilson Lam (@wilsonlam) has revealed in a spy video. The featured image (above) is a snapshot of the spy video and shows the new interior of the Model X refresh.

Design

Tesla launched the Model X in September 2015, and in two months, its flagship SUV turns six years old. The company doesn’t follow a traditional lifecycle like legacy automakers, and so it’s continuing the first-gen Model X for a few more years with changes. It has kept the exterior mostly the same and introduced subtle cosmetic alterations like new bumpers and alloy wheels. Tesla says that the incoming models have new performance tires that provide better handling and ride quality with lower rolling resistance.

Interior

New Tesla Model X 2021 interior dashboard
The 2021 Tesla Model X has noticeable changes on the inside. Image Source: Tesla

Unlike the exterior of the 2021 Tesla Model X refresh, the interior has significant changes, making the cabin more appealing aesthetically and functionally. The redesigned dashboard that is sleeker and more elegant makes the interior seem more sophisticated and luxurious. Analog controls are still minimal; Tesla’s not taking a U-turn on that aspect.

Nothing says the future is here louder than a steering yoke, and the new Model X has it. Besides the love it or hate it yoke-style steering, there’s a more entertainment-friendly new touchscreen infotainment system. It’s a 17-inch horizontal display with 2200×1300 resolution with up to 10 teraflops of processing power that allows console-level gaming. Multi-device Bluetooth connectivity, wireless and USB-C charging ports for every passenger, and a 22-speaker, 960-watt audio system with active noise canceling are some of the other interior highlights.

Specifications

The new Tesla Model X is available in the Long Range dual-motor AWD variant and a new Plaid tri-motor AWD variant. The former, with 670 horsepower, can accelerate from 0-60 mph in 3.8 seconds, and it can offer a range of up to 360 miles. The Model X Plaid has 1,020 horsepower available on tap, enough to speed up from 0-60 mph in just 2.5 seconds*. It can achieve a range of 340 miles.

*With rollout subtracted

Price & Release Date

The new Tesla Model X costs USD 94,990 in the Long Range variant and USD 119,990 in the Plaid variant. A report from Teslarati suggests that its deliveries may commence in October 2021.

Featured Image Source: Twitter/wilsonlam