New Tesla Model X refresh goes on sale in the U.S. [Update]

The Tesla Model X refresh that digitally debuted in January 2021 is on sale. In October, the U.S. was the first market where customer deliveries began. Tesla posted a few shots of the customers taking their Model X refresh deliveries on Twitter on October 17, 2021.

Design

Tesla launched the Model X in September 2015. The company doesn’t follow a traditional lifecycle like legacy automakers, and so it’s continuing the same basic design with periodic changes. It has kept the exterior mostly the same and introduced subtle cosmetic alterations like new bumpers and alloy wheels. Tesla says that the models now 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, including a sleek new dashboard. Image: Tesla

Unlike the exterior of the 2021 Tesla Model X refresh, the interior sees significant changes, making the cabin appealing and functional. The redesigned dashboard 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 future louder than a steering yoke, and the new Model X has it. Besides the love it or hate it yoke-style steering, there’s an entertainment-friendly new touchscreen infotainment system. The 17-inch horizontal display with 2200×1300 resolution with up to 10 teraflops of processing power 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 round-up the interior highlights.

Specifications

The 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 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 is priced at USD 104,990 in the Long Range variant and USD 119,990 in the Plaid variant. Tesla has stopped taking orders for the new Model X in markets other than the U.S., Canada, Mexico, and Puerto Rico. The company is emailing customers that it is no longer accepting new orders for both Model X and new Model S from countries outside of North America, reports electrek.co. It expects to resume orders in other regions in the second half of 2022.

Tesla had halted production of the Model S and Model X in Q1 2021, as it was gearing up for the launch of their refreshed versions. The company resumed production in Q2 2021, making 2,340 units between April and July 2021. The output improved in Q3 2021 to 8,941 units. However, it’s still lower than normal as it is yet to reach a five-digit figure.

Featured Image Source: Twitter/Tesla