Dubbed the Tesla Model X, the highly anticipated all-electric SUV crossover was revealed Tuesday night by car magnate and engineer Elon Musk, and critics are already praising it as “gorgeous” and “futuristic.”
The four-door car of the future can hit 60 mph in 3.2 seconds, tops out at 155 mph, requires no gas to operate and only needs to be charged every 257 miles. It’s Tesla’s most revolutionary and cutting-edge car to date, and for a cool $132,000 it can be all yours, according to Wired.com.
The event started nearly an hour late Tuesday night, but tech and Tesla devotees overlooked the tardiness, greeting Musk and his fleet of cars with a roar of applause. (RELATED: Tesla Model S Retains More Value Than Competitors)
“The mission of Tesla is to accelerate the advent of sustainable transport,” Musk told the crowd at the car’s unveiling at the company’s factory in California. “It’s important to know that any kind of car can go electric.”
One of the most unique exterior features of the electric car is its doors, which unfold like bird’s wings, and are aptly named “falcon wings.” The doors even have sensors to never bump passengers or objects while opening and closing.
But the interior of the car boasts even more futuristic, Jetson-esque features. The car has radar and sonar systems that allow for partial self-driving and automated braking, a 17-inch state-of-the-art touchscreen, and a massive panoramic glass windshield — all while comfortably fitting seven adults and all their belongings.
Musk and his engineers even added a highly developed air filtration system so powerful and effective, it would protect passengers from a biological attack when set to the “bioweapon defense mode.” Musk quipped at the event, “If there’s ever an apocalyptical scenario, press the button.”
This latest Tesla car is designed after its predecessor the Model S sedan which was released in 2012, and has so far sold 90,000 cars. The public has been anxiously waiting for the Model X reveal since 2012 when Musk announced a prototype, but kept pushing back the official reveal date for years.
But finally the day has come. The public can now buy the revolutionary car. Tesla delivered the first six cars to the lucky owners Tuesday night, but people who order the the Model X now will get their cars in eight to 12 months, according to Business Insider. So far 25,000 people have pre-ordered the car, according to BBC News, and Musk believes half of Tesla’s future sales will be SUV purchases.